Certificate in Online Teaching Excellence (COTE)

Online Teaching

The next iteration of the COTE will be announced for Spring 2023, and will be fully asynchronous. This six-week community of practice will provide faculty with the fundamentals of instructional design and online learning to create an online course. By the end of the program, faculty will have designed the overall structure for their online/hybrid courses and will have two modules/lessons fully developed. Upon successful completion of the program and passing a quality assurance review, participants will earn the COTE digital badge.

Renewing and maintaining this certification upon expiration is a very easy process. Once you complete the certificate, you do not have to retake the course again to maintain certification. All you have to do is: 

  1. Complete 18 hours of professional development related to online teaching and learning before the expiration date.
  2. Submit the Creditable Activity Form to document your hours. You can submit one form with all 18 hours before your expiration date, once a year, or once after each activity. Please use the frequency that best works for you. 
  3. From these 18 hours, at least 12 must be earned through webinars and sessions offered by the Office of Online Learning. Sessions offered by our partners such as the Teaching and Learning Center and the Accessibility Resource Center can count towards this requirement if the topic of the session is related to online teaching and learning. 
  4. You also have the option of completing six (6) out of these 18 hours by attending external events or conferences related to online teaching and learning. 
  5. If you attend a conference, only those sessions related to -online- teaching and learning count toward your COTE recertification
  6. One (1) hour of professional development represents 60 minutes of online or face-to-face attendance. You can submit in the form fractions of time (e.g. 0.5 hours, 1 hour and 15 minutes) and we will calculate the total for you. 
  7. If you have any questions about this process or the types of activities that you can attend to maintain certification, please contact Kristen Purvis, Instructional Designer. 
  8. If you have any questions about hours to complete or records, please contact Valarie Deese, Administrative Support Associate.