Teaching Online Certification Program

Spring 2020 Cohort Application is closed

Applications for the Spring 2020 cohort of the TOCP closed on Monday, January 27, 2020.

Due to the large volume of applicants, it will not be possible to re-open the application. Consider applying to the next cohort in fall 2020. 

Participants in this program explore current research and practices regarding online learning, as well as related instructional design concepts and technologies. The program is facilitated by the Instructional Designers in the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT).

Program Format

The program is delivered in a hybrid format; most of the material is in an online, self-paced format, while other content is in a face-to-face format.

The face-to-face time commitment is 2 hours for one end-of-course seminar and at least 2 hours for face-to-face consultations with your assigned instructional designer. The rest of the program is delivered in an online format through myCourses. Keep in mind that, even though the online material is self-paced, there are due dates to complete the program (listed below).

Requirements & Features

myCourses LMS Training via ITS

Complete the myCourses LMS Training facilitated through ITS in myCourses by May 8, 2020. Participants must complete or test out of the myCourses LMS training available as an organization in the myCourses platform. 

When you have passed the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate. Download this certificate, and submit in the appropriate location in the TOCP course.

TOCP Course

Complete the TOCP course in myCourses by May 8, 2020. This course models one way to design an online course. There are 7 units, each requires approximately 2 hours to complete. Each unit has a number of readings, multimedia content, and a discussion.

NOTE: If a participant has not begun the TOCP course by Monday, March 9, they will be dropped from the program. If a participant has not completed Units 0 through 4 by Monday, April 13, they will be dropped from the program. 

Attend Individual Consultations

Consult with an Instructional Designer throughout the online course design process. These consultations are meant to check the progress of the course building and to answer questions.

Build a Complete Online Course

Build a complete online course (where applicable - syllabus, all assignments, all assessments, all readings, all discussions, all lecture videos, etc.), regardless of whether or not the course will actually be taught.

This course remains the the intellectual property of the individual instructor unless the instructor signs a work-for-hire agreement with their department. Participating in the TOCP does not constitute work-for-hire. 

Undergo an Online Course Content Review Undergo a Course Content Review. Upon registering for the program, participants will be asked to provide the name and email address of a course content reviewer; please be sure to check with the reviewer before their name is provided. This reviewer is typically the department chair or a faculty member from the participant's department.
Complete an Online Course Design Review Complete a Design Review. This step must be completed a minimum of two weeks prior to the start date of the course. There are a few steps in this review:
  • Complete a Self Review (i.e. Evaluation) & a Course Profile
  • The Instructional Design Consultant assigned to the participant will complete an Instructional Design Review
Meet the Minimum Acceptable Standards Fulfill all essential criteria as designated in the Open SUNY Course Quality Review (OSCQR) rubric. Should the course not meet these criteria upon initial review, the course will need to be updated/modified.
Face-to-Face Session - Attend Community of Practice in Online Learning

Attend the Community of Practice session from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020.  Participants in this session will discuss how to manage an online course once it is live, share ideas for online activities and assessments, and discuss experiences on the course development process with each other.

This session will take place in the CLT Learning Studio, LN1324. 

Please note: There will be no make-up session. You will not be able to attend remotely. The session will not be recorded. You must be able to attend the live session to participate in the program. 


Faculty members will receive $1000 and Graduate Students will receive $500 upon successful completion of the program.


  • Applications submitted by instructors teaching in Summer 2020 or Fall 2020 will have first priority.
  • Payment cannot be issued during the summer months - May 15 to August 25, 2020. If the program is completed in that time frame, payment will be withheld until the start of the academic year.
  • Payment cannot be processed after a graduate student has graduated.

Completion of all requirements is due 2 weeks prior to the semester in which the course is being taught. 

  • Summer 1 2020 - May 12, 2020
  • Summer 2 2020 - June 22, 2020
  • Summer 1 2020 - varies by start date of course
  • Fall 2020 - August 12, 2020
  • Any other semester or not scheduled to teach the course - August 12, 2020