Online Teaching Endorsement

The Online Teaching Endorsement (OTE) focuses on the PreK-12 educator in acquiring the techniques for integration of multiple types of technologies into the online curriculum. State of Idaho certified educators complete five graduate courses and an online internship, all of which align with Idaho Online Teaching Standards and National Standards for Quality Online Teaching by iNACOL (International Association for K-12 Online Learning).

The skills, knowledge, and products developed through the OTE are readily transferable to work settings in both education and business/industry. Five of the six OT courses are contained in the Master of Education in Instructional Technology degree. Those who attain the OTE, if accepted into the MEd-IT degree program, can transfer the 21 credit hours from the OTE toward the 30-credit hours required to complete the MEd-IT degree.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all criteria for admission to the Graduate School (application available online). In addition, the following should be submitted to the OTE coordinator to complete the application process:

  • Letter of interest
  • Current curriculum vitae/resume with contact information for three professional references
  • An interview with program area faculty via in-person or video conferencing may be requested 

General Requirements (21 credits)

Students should begin their coursework in the fall semester. Students should register for at least two courses per semester in order to complete the endorsement in a timely manner. Students should establish a Plan of Study with their Academic Advisor prior to registering for classes. It is important to work closely with the Academic Advisor to assure a smooth progression from start to completion of the OTE.

OTE Technology content (15 credits)
EDLT 6601Foundations of Instructional Design and Technology3
EDLT 6611Instructional Systems Design3
EDLT 6612Multimedia Design and Development3
EDLT 6621Issues and Trends in Instructional Design and Technology3
EDLT 6622Assessment for Digital Formats3

OTE Internship (6 credits)

Candidates for the Online Teaching Endorsement must fulfill a six-credit internship in an online setting during the last semester of study. Placement is established with the candidate's advisor in coordination with an appropriate K-12 educational institution.