E-Learning (Certificate)

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The E-Learning Certificate is a fully Web-based, graduate-level, non-degree program in the area of distance education with an emphasis on e-learning. The 12-hour certificate program targets e-learning practitioners seeking a graduate certificate and those who show interest in teaching and learning online initiatives in higher education or in e-learning industries.

Please note that the 12-credit-hour program is not the same as any state teaching license. The certificate is offered through UTRGV.

The goal of the E-Learning Certificate Program is intended for student candidates to be able to serve as effective online educators by advancing knowledge and skills in electronic learning, both conceptual and practical. With the advanced studies in the graduate program, these candidates are also able to meet changing job requirements in response to current trends in e-learning.

For more information, visit:  http://utrgv.edu/edtech


  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor's  degree  from  a  regionally  accredited  institution  in  the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. If applicant does not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA criterion of 3.0, GRE general test with minimum scores of 150 Verbal, 141 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical   are   required for conditional admission. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).

    Students whose native  language is not English  or  who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas.

  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Rene Corbeil

    Phone: (956) 882-7540

    Office: Brownsville Campus, MAIN 1.318

    E-Mail: rene.corbeil@utrgv.edu 

  • Deadlines


    Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.


    • This program only admits applicants during Fall and Spring semesters.
    • Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.
  • Course Requirements

    Required Courses 12
    EDTC 6321: Instructional Design 3
    EDTC 6323: Multimedia/Hypermedia 3
    EDTC 6358: Theory and Practice of E‐Learning 3
    Elective (Chosen with approval of advisor) 3
    Total hours required for certificate: 12

    Course Descriptions

    EDTC 6321: Instructional Design               [3‐0]

    This course uses an instructional systems design model to guide the student in systematically developing effective Instruction. Theoretical and practical issues in instructional systems design are examined. Other instructional design models are introduced.

    EDTC 6323: Multimedia/Hypermedia              [3‐0]

    This course concentrates on the development and utilization of hypermedia and multimedia in education. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to develop an interactive instruction by utilizing audiovisual technologies and computer‐based/Web‐based technologies in a meaningful, educational context.

    Prerequisite: EDTC 6321.

    EDTC 6358: Theory and Practice of E‐Learning              [3‐0]

    This is the capstone course for the E‐Learning Graduate Certificate Program. Students are expected to apply previously learned skills and knowledge to plan and manage an e‐learning project in a real‐life context.

    Prerequisites: Must be within 6 hours of completion of program. Approval of Program Coordinator.