Virtual Instruction

Total cost:

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Application due date for July 11, 2022 term: July 8

Estimated time to completion: 11 months

Take your career further.

The Certificate in Virtual Instruction 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.


in the nation for most master's degrees awarded in education*.

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Key Features of Our Online Degree Programs

  • 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.
  • Accreditation For information about American College of Education's program accreditation, please visit the accreditation page.

A few of the classes you'll take.

  • ET5013 Responsible Technological Change 3 semester credits
  • ET5033 Technology for Learning and Assessment 3 semester credits
  • ET5063 Creating Professional Environments in a Virtual World 3 semester credits
Cathy McKay, Ed.D.

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Cathy McKay, Ed.D.
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We are, and have always been, 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:

Students who complete certificates that 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.

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Certificate in Virtual Instruction

Total Tuition

22 semester credits
x $235 per credit



$50 Application Fee

$880 Technology & Library Fee
($40 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost*


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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 two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges, rounded to the nearest thousand dollars, for the California 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.

Admission Requirements

Certificate in Virtual Instruction

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, the enrollment agreement, and the 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 or highest post-baccalaureate degree earned    
  • Minimum grade point average cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for full admission
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for provisional admission

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 an official minimum score on the paper or internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the internet-based version is 80, and the paper-based version requires a minimum TOEFL score of 20 for each of the three skills: Reading, Listening, and, Writing.

    • The minimum IELTS score required is 6.5. Note: IELTS is not acceptable for Texas programs leading to certification.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.
  3. Applicants to the Texas Educational Leadership program whose first language is not English must submit a minimum scaled score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing from the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or evidence of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C).


Certificate in Virtual Instruction

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, students build an evidence-based, technology-integrated curriculum unit appropriate to the learning environment and audience. After conducting an analysis of current practices, students construct a curriculum plan that promotes the integration of technology skills into the learning process, demonstrates the ability to differentiate instruction, and supports the needs of diverse learners. Additionally, students identify the supportive role of the technology leader in helping all learners to demonstrate competency. Students will analyze digital equity issues and explore strategies for mitigating them.
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 for effective and engaging instruction or training. Through evaluating a current technology plan and performing a needs assessment, learners will develop a technology plan that meets the identified needs of their organization. Learners will conduct research to find and prepare a grant application to support their technology plan.   
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.