M.S. in Online Teaching and Learning (combined with advanced certificates) OT4

(as of 03/01/2019)

Program Options/Extensions:
In addition to taking the core program outlined below, students may want to consider supplementing their program to achieve other goals and pursue additional certification. Each option enhancement has specific prerequisites and/or course requirements in addition to the requirements for the OT4 base program.

Additional Options & Certifications
  • Optional Advanced Certificate in Program Evaluation [EV1] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Additional Advanced Certificate in Digitally-Rich Teaching in K-12 Schools [OT3] (3+ Additional Credits)
  • Advanced Certificate in Teacher Leadership [LT1] (3+ Additional Credits)

Primary program course requirements

The primary program includes a total of 36+ credits. The detailed M.S. in Online Teaching and Learning (combined with advanced certificates) OT4 Program of Study Form shows the additional requirements for the program option(s)/extension(s). When you meet with your advisor, you will complete a detailed program plan for M.S. in Online Teaching and Learning (combined with advanced certificates) OT4

Entry Level Courses   

Up to 10 credits in graduate-level coursework in education or related fields may be transferred in prior to matriculating into the Master’s degree program if approved by the faculty advisor. These transfer credits can fulfill an elective requirement or be a direct substitution of a required course. Required courses that are part of accreditation assessments cannot be substituted.

Program Core   
ED406 Master's Research Methods
EDE484 Online Teaching and Learning
EDE486 Designing Online Courses

Specialization Courses   

A "specialized" course in teaching and learning, addressing teaching and learning issues specific to the target subject matter(s) and/or instructional contexts. This course may be transferred from previous or concurrent programs, or be selected from Warner courses, including but not limited to:
EDU581 Clinical Teaching in Health Care Professions Education: Teaching and Instructional Methods
EDE477 Teaching and Learning in the Content Areas
EDU430 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Mathematics in Elementary School
EDU427A Theory and Practice in Teaching & Learning Literacy (for non-Elementary Teaching Candidates)
EDU431 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning English
EDU432 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Social Studies
EDU434 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Science
EDU435 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Foreign Languages and ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages)
EDU436 Theory and Practice in Teaching and Learning Mathematics
EDU497 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Health Care Settings
EDU522 Theory and Research in Learning
EDU523 Theory and Research in Teaching

Choose another course that will help in designing and implementing innovative online learning experiences with their target student audience. This course may be transferred from previous or concurrent programs, or be selected from Warner courses, including but not limited to:
ED482 Technology and Higher Education
ED516 Designing and Evaluating Professional Development
EDE492 Integrating Technology in Teaching Content Areas
EDU446 Entrepreneurial Skills for Educators
EDE410 Learning in the Digital Age
EDU498 Literacy Learning as Social Practice
EDE484A Digitally-Rich Teaching and Learning in K-12 Schools


At least 15 credits of electives to be chosen with advisor's approval.

EDF488 Practicum in Online Teaching

Optional Field Experiences   

We recommend that you enroll at least once in these optional field experiences to better understand the U.S. education system and culture and thus inform your reading of the research literature:
EDF444 Field Experiences in American Higher Education (variable credits)
EDF444 Field Experiences in American Higher Education (variable credits)


1. The practicum experience can be fulfilled in a number of different ways. Please read the information available on the website and consult with the Practicum Coordinator before registering for this course.

2. This is a combined program that includes at least one advanced certificate (among the ones listed on page 1 of this form) in addition to the basic master’s degree. This means that your master’s degree will not be conferred until you have also completed all the requirements for your chosen advanced certificate(s).

3. You will be able to change your choice of additional advanced certificate(s) after your program of study has been approved; however, this will require prior written approval of your advisor and an amendment of your program of study. International students will also need to check in advance with the University International Student Office (ISO) if the proposed change requires a change in their completion date.

4. Engaging in the field experiences organized through in EDF444 is optional, although highly recommended for international students who have no prior experience studying in the U.S. -- especially in their first year. These field experiences will provide international students with opportunities for observations and experiences that deepen their understanding of U.S. education and thus enable them to get more out of readings and discussions in any of their other courses.

5. As per New York State regulations, credits earned from field experiences and other internships cannot be counted as coursework; therefore, credits earned through EDF444 or any of the practicum/internship experiences required by your chosen advanced certificate(s) cannot be counted towards the minimum of coursework credits required for the master’s degree or as electives for that program.

6. Consistent with the University of Rochester policy, no more than 10 credits of coursework from other institutions can be used to meet the requirements for this master degree, and also no more than 1/3 of the credits required by each of your chosen advanced certificates can be transferred from another institution.

7. Students are encouraged to choose their electives strategically so as to meet some of the requirements of their chosen additional advanced certificate(s). However, each additional advanced certificate included in the combined program needs to add at least an additional 3 credit hours to the minimum credits required for the master’s degree.

8. The number of credits required to complete this enhanced program will depend on the chosen additional advanced certificate(s), the choice made for electives, and whether you choose to take advantage of the optional field experiences.

9. International students are required to carefully plan with their advisor the sequence of courses and field experiences needed to complete all the requirements for their master’s degree as well as chosen advanced certificates, so as to ensure that they maintain full-time status for the duration of their program. An expected program completion date needs to be identified early in the program and communicated to ISO; any changes in expected completion date need to be communicated and approved in advance by ISO. In particular, please keep in mind that a program extension to complete a culminating assessment (i.e., Master’s Thesis, Essay or Portfolio) might be allowed for at most a semester and it is considered an exception rather than the norm.