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PK-12 Online Instruction Endorsement

PK-12 Online Instruction Endorsement

  • Certificate

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. The program provides the training to effectively teach online using Google, multiple learning management platforms, Zoom and other synchronous tools, asynchronous techniques, interactives, module-based designs, and much more.  This certification will be versatile for current trends in online learning used in today's and tomorrow's classrooms.


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.

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 from preschool to higher education. The Saint Vincent program is unique in that it incorporates technologies and skills that are transferrable to any future setting.  Beyond the desktop and mobile device delivery, the education department also trains candidates in makerspace learning, telepresence robotics, and more.  This certification will prepare you for teaching using face-to-face, synchronous, asynchronous, blended/hybrid, and hyflex.

Curriculum Requirements

  • 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

Program Highlights

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the K-12 Online Endorsement program, candidates will be:
  • experienced with the design thinking skills and technologies that can be applied to any learning setting, current or future.
  • proficient in synchronous, asynchronous, and blended learning and will be able to train or lead others to be successful in the 21st century classroom.
  • able to design, develop, implement, and evaluate their own instruction and training as a lead designer and instructional technologist.
  • maintain lifelong learning to continue embracing technology and what it can do to help learners of all ages succeed.