The PK-12  Online Instruction Endorsement

The PA Department of Education recently released a set of guidelines based on the iNACOL (International Association  for K-12 Online Learning) standards for quality online teaching in which higher learning institutions can apply to provide to their candidates. Saint Vincent College is one of the first institutions of higher learning in the State to be approved to offer this endorsement program. 

What Can I Do with a Certification in Online Instruction Endorsement?

Having an endorsement in online instruction will provide opportunities for advancement in online learning, training and technology leadership within academic settings. The Saint Vincent program is unique in that it partners with the Flipped learning Network and other professional online learning resources to offer the latest and most relevant curriculum.


In order to keep the program small and to model best practices, only 15 students will be accepted. The program will begin enrollment for Fall. These courses can count for the required 24 post-graduation credits addressing the PA Department of Education level II certificate criteria and for Act 48 renewal. For more information and to enroll, please contact the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education,, 724-805-2933.

Requirements for an Endorsement in PK-12 Online Instruction

The following four courses can be taken completely hybrid-online (requiring no on-site meetings) in one year:

GCIT 614 Emergent Information Management and Instructional Technologies
GCIT 624 Usability, Engagement and Assessment Systems for Online Education
GCED 625 Instructional Technology
GCIT 684 Advanced Instructional Design for Online Education

  • Student Learning Outcomes

    The endorsement program will prepare degreed candidates to teach in:

    • traditional classrooms with online components.
    • "flipped" learning settings where online instruction is provided in advance of a class meeting.
    • cyber academies of public schools.
    • charter schools offering online classes.
    • other settings in which online instruction is used for PK-12 students.