Graduate Certificate in Learning Design and Technology

Typical Length 1 year

Delivery Online

The graduate level Certificate in Online Learning and Teaching (COLT) is offered fully online and requires the completion of 15 credits (5 courses). Although targeted for Hawaii’s educators, this program will also appeal to online educators throughout the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. The certificate program provides those who desire to deliver learning materials at a distance with the foundational knowledge and skills required to design, develop, and implement effective materials for online learning. 

Throughout this completely online certificate program, participants will have numerous opportunities to integrate their professional experiences into their learning, apply their course assignments to their current professional activities, and actively engage with other professionals in the development of these proficiencies.

Common Careers

The primary employers of LTEC graduates are educational institutions, both public and private, at all levels: K-12, post-secondary (community colleges and universities). Also, government and private agencies like software companies, publishing companies, and companies and agencies with training and design departments, such as health care, manufacturing industries and large retail corporations.

There is no single job title for learning design and educational technologists in organizations, but some examples include Training Coordinator, Instructional Designer, Technology Support Specialist, Museum Education Specialist, and so on. (See Bureau of Labor Statistics for job outlook).

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Admission Requirements

Must have graduated from an accredited, four-year institution of higher education recognized by the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), prior to beginning the Graduate Certificate, Online Learning & Teaching (COLT) program.

An Undergraduate Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

A transcript from each post-secondary institution attended.

A written statement of objectives as part of your application.

Your resumé or CV.

Applicants who are not native English speakers may need to take the TOEFL or IELTS (Academic) tests. For more information view the Graduate Division website.

International students that have been admitted are required to submit a copy of their Identification documents (i.e. Passport or Identification Card)

International applicants need to show proof of sufficient funding to cover all educational and living expenses

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Application Deadlines
Starting Semester General Admission International Students Admission
Fall May 1 (Rolling Admissions) March 1 (Rolling Admissions)
Spring November 1 (Rolling Admissions) October 1 (Rolling Admissions)
Summer March 1 (Rolling Admissions) February 1 (Rolling Admissions)


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All courses for the COLT program are offered fully online. Courses follow the UHM semester schedule and are offered in fall, spring and summer semesters. Some courses may run optional live online sessions, to be determined. Recordings will be made available for those unable to attend live.. Students may opt for campus courses for electives, but this is not required.


The COLT Graduate Certificate is comprised of three 3-credit required courses, plus two additional 3-credit elective courses. Students select two electives with approval by the COLT adviser. The electives may be chosen from among the rich array within the Department’s graduate courses. Courses must relate to the overall goals of the certificate but are designed to meet the specific needs and objectives of the individual student. The five courses are designed to cover a range of competencies to educate candidates in understanding, designing, and delivering online learning.

Core Courses (3 courses, 9 credits)

  • LTEC 612: Introduction to E-learning (offered in Spring and Summer)
  • LTEC 673: Planning for Technology and Resources (offered in Fall)
  • LTEC 632: Developing E-Learning Environments (offered in Spring – to be completed during the final semester)

Culminating Project

The Certificate program requires successful completion of a culminating, integrative experience by which students demonstrate their mastery of design and implementation. This may be achieved through an internship, project, or electronic portfolio in which a student demonstrates mastery of program objectives, most typically by designing, developing, and evaluating a distance learning environment. This project is completed in the final course, LTEC 632: Developing E-Learning Environments. Students are required to develop a formal presentation for an online international conference, the TCC Worldwide Online Conference, to present the results of the project in a public and professional context.

Elective Courses (6 credits; 2 courses)

Elective courses are generally selected from 400-level and 600-level courses within the LTEC department. Electives provide all students with a solid foundation in educational technology theory and practice while advancing their knowledge in an area of emphasis unique to each student. With advisor approval, a limited number of courses may be taken in another discipline outside of LTEC if these would contribute to the area of emphasis.

For a full listing of courses, see UH Manoa Catalog.

Following the completion of the required courses, COLT students are required to fill out the COLT GCERT Checklist in order for their certificate to be conferred by UH Manoa Graduate Division.

Tuition & Funding

The tuition rates are generally around $650 per credit for residents and $1402 per credit for non-residents. In addition, student fees typically total $451. Students enrolled in an online program will only be assessed for resident tuition regardless of their residence in a different state or country. Please see the “General & Post-Baccalaureate” heading on the Graduate Tuition Schedule for more accurate tuition rates.

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Faculty & Virtual Tours

Our faculty and staff will provide you with guidance and resources to support your success from beginning to end. You will receive a dedicated faculty advisor to partner with you on your journey.

To learn more about the virtual tours that LTEC provides to prospective students, visit our Virtual Tour Information Page.

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