Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning

The Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching and Learning is designed and developed in collaboration with the TRU School of Education. This certificate is designed to provide educators (K-12 teachers, post-secondary instructors and trainers) in BC and elsewhere, with a solid foundation in the technical and pedagogical expertise required to effectively use education technology in the classroom, in distributed learning environments and in online education.

Please be aware that international students taking OL courses cannot count those courses toward their registration to be in compliance with their study permit.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

With this certificate, you as a BC teacher gain the ability to achieve an additional 15 credits above your baccalaureate credential. To qualify for an additional salary level (the 5+ category), the provincial Teacher Qualification Service (TQS) requires that you take a minimum of 30 credits of senior-level and/or graduate courses. This is mandated across BC.

As an EDDL graduate, you make yourself more marketable in a public school environment that is increasing its use of online teaching and learning. 

 Program Requirements

Some program requirements may be met with credits earned by Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR).

Admission Requirements

If you plan to complete this credential, please fill in a Program Admission Form and email, fax or mail it to OL Admissions.

The following are required for admission to this program:

  • A Bachelor of Education
  • A baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree in another discipline, along with teaching qualifications or experience
  • The permission of the academic director or designate

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 6 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Certificate Requirements

15 credits total, with a GPA of 3.00 or higher over all courses required for this credential, as follows:

EDDL 5101, Educational Technology in the Curriculum (3)
EDDL 5111, Introduction to Distributed Learning (3)
EDDL 5131, Multimedia in the Curriculum (3)
EDDL 5141, Online Teaching and Learning (3)
EDDL 5151, Managing Your Technology Classroom (3)

Student Responsibility

You must maintain a GPA of 3.00 to remain in the program.

Students who receive one grade of F can be dismissed from the program. Students who receive a grade of B- (70-74%) or lower in two or more courses must withdraw, regardless of their GPA, unless the Program Coordinator recommends otherwise.

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a Letter of Permission (LOP).

If you proceed otherwise, you may find either that course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.

 Information Sheets

Email Student Services for more about this or any other Open Learning program.