Virtual Online Teaching Certificate Program (VOLT)

Part of Innovation @ Penn GSE

The Virtual Online Teaching Certificate Program is designed for K-20 instructors who are interested in harnessing technology to design and implement curricula in online learning environments. Putting theory into practice, the program is taught entirely online through a series of learning modules delivered in synchronous and asynchronous fashion.

Fast Facts


  • Prerequisites: Bachelor’s degree. To receive the Pennsylvania Department of Education endorsement, students must have an Instruction I or Instruction II Pennsylvania Certificate.
  • Term: Janurary 2nd to August 31st, 2017
  • Application Deadline: November 21st, 2016
  • Format: Online, both synchronously and asynchronously
  • Key Features: 6 module format, over 2 semesters
  • Equivalent of 3 CEUs
  • Earn PA State Department of Education Online Teaching Endorsement
  • Earn Act 48 credits
  • Small class size of 15 students
  • Certificate cost: $6240


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Penn GSE’s certificate program in Virtual Online Teaching (VOLT) prepares participants to teach in both blended and fully online environments. The program structure follows internationally recognized standards for teaching online. Students will learn online strategies for classroom management, student engagement, instructional design, differentiation, participatory learning, digital literacies, assessment and evaluation, and emerging technologies.

The Certificate in Online Teaching strengthens the dossier of instructors across the spectrum, from elementary to graduate school.

For Pennsylvania teachers, the certificate can be supplemented with a practicum and will thereby meet the requirements for the Pennsylvania Department of Education Endorsement for Online Instruction.

Program of Study

The program modules draw from the following overarching themes:

Teaching and Learning Online:

  • Comparing traditional theories of learning in online as well as brick-and-mortar teaching environments.
  • Assessing student learning in an online medium.



Communicating and Collaborating Online:

  • Exploring communication and collaboration in a virtual format, including the use of various tools and technologies.
  • Examining how literacy and learning online are changing as people connect through digital technologies across local and global networks.

Online Classroom Management:

  • Modeling ethical, legal, and safe behavior with regard to technology use.
  • Accommodating all students, taking into account diversity, and creating active learning spaces.
  • Designing positive learning environments.


Certificate in Online Teaching


@ Penn GSE

University of Pennsylvania
Graduate School of Education

3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Betty Chandy
Program Director, Online Learning
(215) 898-6694

Barbara Kurshan
Executive Director,
Academic Innovation @ Penn GSE
(215) 746-1422