Best Practices in Teaching Online

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
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As more and more schools offer online course options, the opportunities for educators who are interested in teaching online continue to expand. The Practices in Teaching Online post-baccalaureate certificate will help you understand the unique demands and opportunities when teaching online. You will learn the importance of instruction, culture and assessment in the online classroom as well as best practices for creating a meaningful and productive online environment for your students.

Basis of Admissions

A completed bachelor’s level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university is required. Credit hours from another university or institution cannot be transferred towards a post-baccalaureate certificate program. 

Post-baccalaureate certificates transfer into a master’s degree sequence.

Completion Period for Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

Northcentral allows 2 years to complete all post-baccalaureate certificate programs. Post-baccalaureate certificate courses in the School of Education are eight weeks in length.

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Course Description


Making the Shift to Teaching and Learning Online

In this course, students will examine the online delivery method of education and the necessary shift in educator pedagogy. This course will focus on the online delivery environment, communication methods that prove successful in the virtual classroom, student’s virtual experiences, and developing supplements to existing curriculum.


Developing Outstanding Classroom Culture in an Online Environment

In this course, students will examine creating positive online learning environments. This course will focus on online classroom culture, the use of discussion forums to encourage student collaboration, and use of praise as well as other methods to increase student engagement and response. Students will demonstrate mastery through a synthesis of methods to create and maintain a successful online classroom culture.


Developing Outstanding Instructional Practices in an Online Environment

In this course, students will examine instructional practices for the online learning environment and develop a best practices guide for the online learning environment. In this new and constantly evolving online learning platform, continuously improving instructional methods and practices ensures a successful learning experience for both the learner and the teacher.


Developing Outstanding Assessment Practices in an Online Environment

In this course, students will examine assessment practices in an online learning environment. The focus of the course will be on how to use rubrics to normalize grade results, us feedback to increase student engagement, and use feedback to increase student retention. Course mastery will be demonstrated through organization of an online faculty handbook.



At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Education's post-baccalaureate certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $628
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,884
  • Program cost: $7,886
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors.For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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