Graduate School of Education and Human Development

Graduate Certificate
Location(s): Online Learning

Program Overview

This program is ideal for individuals involved in distance learning, including instructors teaching at a distance, or those who would like to develop these skills. Students acquire the skills needed to be successful e-teachers and e-learners. The program prepares students to apply the theories, principles, models, tools and techniques associated with e-learning in diverse organizational settings.

Students who complete the e-learning certificate:

  • Demonstrate an ability to evaluate the effective use and implementation of e-learning materials.
  • Demonstrate an ability to effectively design, develop and implement successful e-learning materials.
  • Apply foundational e-learning principles and theories to learning activities in their workplaces.
  • Demonstrate their capacity to successfully design, develop and implement e-learning materials.
  • All 18 credit hours required for this certificate are offered online. Having created one of the first online graduate programs launched in the United States, the experienced Educational Technology Leadership (ETL) Program faculty and staff ensure flexibility along with meaningful substance and engaging online participation.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – Rolling admissions

Spring – Rolling admissions

Summer – Rolling admissions

Recommendations required:

Two (2) recommendations

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

Transcripts from institutions outside the United States must be accompanied by an official transcript evaluation from an accredited independent evaluating agency. Please be sure you request a detailed evaluation that includes all course titles, credit hours, grade-point average (GPA), United States degree equivalency, and date of degree conferral. For a list of acceptable foreign credential evaluation services.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 to 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study at The George Washington University, describing your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application.

Additional requirements:

A resumé is required.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admissions
Graduate School of Education and Human Development
The George Washington University
2136 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.9283 ~ 202.994.7207 (fax)
9:30 am – 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday