Online Teaching Certification

Teach Away has partnered with the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE) to offer an online teaching certification. Get certified to teach online and advance your career in the growing field of online education with a Virtual Online Teaching (VOLT) Certificate.

Online learning is growing rapidly, and the demand for quality online educators is on the rise. With a VOLT Certificate, you’ll access real-world knowledge you can apply to all types of online teaching jobs right away.

May 2017

Bachelor’s degree *

3 Continuing Education Units
2 semesters
100% online and self paced
Non-degree professional certificate
3 hours per week
Online teaching

Course Curriculum

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This two-part module series deals with the general design considerations that apply to learning environments, such as curriculum, assessment and instruction. It is less a prescription for a learning environment and more about the theories and frameworks that guide the design of learning environments. These modules feature the most up-to-date education technology learning trends. Participants consider who is learning, how they, what design variables are needed to ensure learning takes place, and societal and technological influences on learning.

This two-part module series prepares teachers to develop skills that enable them to design positive learning environments and equips them with the ability to continue learning within the ever-changing technology landscape. Participants in the program and trained to be proficient in the basics of computer literacy, familiar with various online tools, proficient in creating, managing uploading digital material, comfortable using conferencing tools and social media, and be able to seamlessly weave different elements of online portals for use within the learning environment.

What does communication and collaboration look like in a virtual format? This two-part module series examines various tools and technologies - and explores ways through which literacy and learning online are changing as people participate with digital technologies across local and global networks.

Frequently Asked Questions


No. A teaching license is required only if student desires to receive the additional endorsement for Online Teaching from Pennsylvania State Department of Education.

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A word processor is required when taking the course as you will need to download materials and submit assignments.

The course is compatible with most electronic devices. While the recommended device is a laptop or desktop, the course can be accessed via a browser on most smartphones and tablets.


No. The VOLT program is delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online learning and offers real-time learning and immediate instructor feedback with the flexibility of being able to study at your own pace.

Yes. An Online Teaching Endorsement from Pennsylvania State Department of Education is available on completion of the course. To receive this teaching endorsement, students must have an Instruction I or Instruction II Pennsylvania Certificate. For teachers outside of PA, consult directly with your state's Department of Education to learn more about requirements for transferring your PA Department of Education Teaching Endorsement.

Yes. On completion of the course, you will earn three Continuing Education Units, which you can apply towards an advanced college degree.

The course allows PA state certified teachers to earn Act 48 credits and fulfil half of PA state’s professional development requirements for five years. Check with your district and state licensure requirements as the certificate may satisfy these requirements.

The certificate follows an academically rigorous curriculum designed and delivered by Penn GSE faculty members.

Upon completion of the certificate, you will be awarded a letter grade. Weekly assignments are required.

*3.0 GPA or higher, a Statement of Purpose that indicating professional career goals and completion of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for candidates whose academic work has been in a country other than the US, UK, Australia or English-speaking Canada.

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