Certificate in
Virtual Instruction

This certificate will help you transform your teaching strategies to fit virtual formats. Grounded in current research and best practices, your assignments will help you become a leader in this rapidly evolving field. This transferable certificate can lead to a full degree by adding additional coursework.

Total cost at ACE

$5,870

(tuition + fees)

Applications due January 4 for January 7, 2019 Term

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Key Features

  • Relevant Coursework: Every course within this program is directly related to virtual instruction.
  • State-Approved: This certificate is approved by the Indiana Department of Education as an content area addition to a current Indiana teaching license.
  • Flexible: Study on your schedule. Our online format allows you to plan your coursework around your life.
  • Transferable: If you choose to continue your education, you can apply most of the credits earned in this certificate program toward our M.Ed. in Educational Technology program and get your degree faster.

For more information about this program, view the College Catalog. You can also ask questions anytime via chat.



Department Chair

Cathy McKay, Ed.D.
Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Professional Educational Studies

Dr. Cathy McKay spent most of her professional career in the K-12 context. As she taught in both public and private schools, she worked with many educators on a variety of projects including process improvement, standard test readiness, and alternative educational opportunities. She helped develop two district-wide curricula in science and math for grades K-12. Additionally, she participated in programs to improve student achievement through data analysis.

While continuing her work in K-12 education, Dr. McKay transitioned to higher education through teaching at a local community college, where she developed and implemented programs focusing on student success, primarily in mathematics.


Quality Without Question

We are, and have always been, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation guarantees that our programs meet certain levels of quality standards.   


A Note About Licensure:

Completers of certificates which are approved to lead to licensure, endorsement, or certification may be subject to additional requirements for the receipt of initial licensure, endorsement, or certification in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate.

Students are strongly encouraged to check licensure requirements in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate to determine whether they are eligible for licensure, endorsement, or certification.

It is vitally important that students know and be continually aware of the requirements for licensure in their state. State licensing requirements and licensing agency information may be found here.

Tuition

Certificate in Virtual Instruction

Total Tuition

22 semester credits x $235 per credit

$5,170

Fees

$50 Application Fee

$550 Technology & Library Fee ($25 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee

$700

Total Program Cost*

$5,870

*This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, receipt of scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.

State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, including the enrollment agreement, and payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

Certificate in Virtual Instruction

  • ​Bachelor's degree   
  • Minimum grade point average cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for full admission
  • Number of courses per certificate restricted

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an NACES-recommended agency.
  • Texas applicants may only submit evaluations from agencies approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to the education/accreditation level required for the program.

English as a Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.

  2. Submission of a transcript from a secondary school or college/university whose country uses English as a primary means of instruction, including, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.

  3. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper-based or internet-based TOEFL exam.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the paper-based Test (PBT) is 550, and for the internet-based (iBT) Test is 80.

    • Applicants to the Texas M.Ed. in Educational Leadership program must submit scores from the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL An overall score of 80, and a score of 26 on the speaking section is required.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.

Admissions Appeal Process

Applicants have the right to appeal admissions decisions. Begin the process by filling out the admissions appeal here.

Courses

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 22 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Digital Learning and Teaching/Technology Courses

(22 semester credits)

Learners attain a broad overview of best practices in online learning processes, including an exploration of major theories and concepts, paradigm shifts, current trends, and issues in online and blended learning and virtual instruction. They consider diverse perspectives related to technological change and acquire best practices for connecting with students and their families and promoting student engagement, independence, and self-assessment. From the perspective of preparing students to be critical consumers of information and producers of knowledge, learners increase their knowledge of 21st century information literacy skills and strategies to prepare their students for participation in the global community. Ethical and legal practices, including those related to intellectual freedom, privacy, and adaptive and assistive services, are explored and applied in various contexts. Learners use their knowledge to design appropriate learning experiences, assess student readiness, provide opportunities for student self-assessment, and create and communicate learning objectives.
In this course, learners investigate and use existing and emerging technologies to support content and instructional delivery, student learning and engagement, collaboration, and communication in online and blended environments. They demonstrate the ability to use a variety of tools, including those for information access and retrieval, to promote student learning and classroom/professional research and evaluation. Learners also analyze technological tools in their own workplaces, identify areas of need, and make recommendations for improvement based on costs and benefits. Learners demonstrate knowledge of the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and adaptive and assistive technologies to support effective virtual instruction for diverse student populations, including those with exceptionalities and English learners.
In this course, learners apply fundamental concepts related to learning and assessment in online and blended environments, including continuous evaluation, formative and summative assessment, and alignment of assessment to student learning outcomes. Learners use and evaluate current and emerging technologies to improve learning and assessment in ways that ensure validity, reliability, and the security of student data. They are introduced to and use a variety of tools offering opportunities for the collection, tracking, and analysis of student achievement data. Learners then evaluate the ability of the technologies to support authentic and performance-based assessment in written assignments, simulations and games, individual and collaborative projects, and portfolios. Finally, learners link learning and assessment by developing a standards-based unit plan demonstrating the ability to clearly communicate assessment criteria, provide prompt and personalized feedback, monitor student progress, inform instruction, guide student management of coursework and resources, and develop interventions.
Using principles, theories, and models of curriculum design, learners build a school wide, standards-based technology curriculum that supports and enhances existing subject and content curriculum. Using the results of a current practices analysis, learners construct a measurable curriculum plan that promotes the integration and application of technology skills into the learning process, demonstrates the ability to differentiate instruction, and supports the needs of a diverse student population. Additionally, learners prepare an implementation timeline and presentation to introduce the curriculum which identify the supportive role of the educational technology leader in helping students to achieve technology standards. Learners also demonstrate understanding of digital equity issues and strategies for resolving differing levels of access to technology resources.
Learners apply psychological theories and instructional design models and principles to a continuum of learning environments, including face-to-face, blended, and online. They demonstrate the ability to manage and adapt learning experiences and instruction to each environment by emphasizing inclusion and collaboration, identifying and analyzing learners and learning tasks, goals, objectives, and assessments. Learners develop products in which they establish learning expectations, promote student-instructor and student-instructor interactions, determine instructional strategies and appropriate materials, and design formative and summative evaluations. Cybersecurity and cyberbullying are addressed within the context of effective learning environments.
Applying principles of instructional design and adult learning, learners demonstrate a broad understanding of their professional environment by developing products to support continuous professional growth within the organization. Learners identify and evaluate technologies to facilitate and improve collaboration, productivity, communication, and instruction for all organizational stakeholders. They also design a professional development plan based on best practices and emphasizing legal and ethical guidelines specific to blended and online learning environments. Within the context of professional environments, academic integrity and dishonesty, personal and professional learning networks, and digital citizenship are major topics.
This course prepares learners to plan and deliver individualized, rich, and meaningful virtual instruction using best practices and evidence supported models. Through a variety of products, learners apply knowledge of the structure and components of virtual instruction, planning and implementing appropriate activities and assignments for diverse students. Learners demonstrate the ability to use technology resources effectively, seek alternative funding sources, and prepare a grant application to support the planning and delivery of a curriculum unit. Within the curricular unit, learners emphasize technology integration, the role of feedback in student achievement, the monitoring of curricular effectiveness, and the modification of curriculum and instruction to meet diverse student needs.
The Certificate Capstone is designed for candidates to demonstrate and document the impact of their knowledge and competencies gained throughout, and as a result of the Certificate in Virtual Instruction.