Online Teaching Endorsement

 (150 contact hours, 15 PLUs, Certification Add-on)
 
Middle Georgia RESA GaPSC approved Online Teaching Endorsement for a total of 15 PLUs. The target audience for this course is professional educators who desire to enter the world of online teaching and learning. This program endeavors to abide by and provide expertise in accordance with PSC rule 
 
Even though there is no certification for “teaching college” - the online teaching skills learned would be so helpful in any position.  If a person ever returned to a school teaching at his/her base certificate field - he/she would have new “extended” skills from the endorsement. 

Candidate admission to the MGRESA Endorsement Program requires the following:
  • A valid, level 4 or higher Induction, Professional, Advanced Professional, or Lead Professional teaching certificate is required for program admission. 
  • Teachers with a permit may take this endorsement. 

This is a job-embedded program. Candidates must practice skills with students.

Candidates must register online under Online Registration for each course of the Online Teaching Endorsement and follow the link to print the application for system approval. 
 
 

Course Descriptions

The Endorsement is divided into three courses consisting of 5 PLUs each and must be taken in sequence. Completion of the three courses is required in order to add the Online Teaching endorsement to an existing level 4 professional teaching certificate or higher. 
 

Course 1: Foundations of Online Instruction 

The purpose of this course is an orientation to the highly interactive online classroom. This course is the first of three courses in the MGRESA Online Teaching Endorsement.

As a result of course mastery, candidates will know and be able to do the following:
  • To experience the wealth of possibilities available through online courses
  • To acquire authentic knowledge about the characteristics of online learners
  • To observe the techniques used to build the capacity of online learners to independent growth and group collaboration
  • To participate in the various online activities available to online participants
  • To develop practical working knowledge in using a Learning Management System (LMS)
***Note: Students are not required for this OTE1 and OTE2, but are required for OTE 3.   
 
 
Course 2: Designing Online Instruction

The purpose of this course is to provide online instructors with practical and useful experiences in virtual instruction. Participants will further delve into methods of online teaching. This course is the second of three courses in the MGRESA Online Teaching Endorsement.

As a result of course mastery, candidates will know and be able to do the following:
  • Develop and refine working knowledge of using a learning management system (LMS)
  • Identify and analyze learning styles of students
  • Develop an online evaluation plan
  • Demonstrate effective online instructional interface
  •  Demonstrate successful online communication and motivational strategies
  • Create appropriate writing for the Web
  •  Understand copyright and fair use policies and law

Course 3: Teaching Online Courses
 
The purpose of this course is to provide online instructors with practical and useful experiences web-based in developing supportive instructional materials for online curriculum. Increasing online participant’s success requires instructors to know how to teach asynchronously, but how to write and develop support materials unique to the online genre of learning. This course is the third of three courses in the MGRESA Online Teaching Endorsement.

As a result of course mastery, candidates will know and be able to do the following:
  • Develop a deep understanding of the instructional design components making up a high quality course
  • Utilize the systematic steps of analyzing, designing, developing, implementing and evaluation to create, teach, and evaluate a web-based unit of instruction
  • Become fully functional and comfortable within the online interface
  • Prepare a syllabus for an online course
  • Write specific goals, objectives, and performance objectives for lessons
  • Develop an interactive learning environment
  • Understand and apply fair use and copyright guidelines
  • Work within the LMS as an instructor
Note: Candidates are required to show proficiency through evidence with an LMS.  
 
 



Dr. Juli Alligood, Executive Director
jalligood@mgresa.us
MGRESA 80 Cohen Walker Drive, RM228, Warner Robins, GA 31088
Phone: 478-988-7170 Fax: 478-988-7176       E-Verify #: 470112