Alternative Ways of Becoming DE Certified

To be eligible to teach fully Online or Hybrid courses, instructors must be both DE Certified and DE Instruction eligible. Eligibility is maintained through the annual completion of six hours of DE Recertification Training for full-timers and three hours of DE Recertification Training for adjunct faculty.

According to CoDE and approved by the Academic Senate, instructors may become DE Certified in two ways: Through coursework, or by performance.

Getting Certified by Coursework or Performance

DE Certification means that the instructor is not only competent in using the institution’s chosen learning management system (LMS), Canvas but also understands online pedagogy. Instructors who have previously qualified for DE Certification at GCC will keep their DE Certification.

For those now pursuing DE Certification, there are two methods of becoming certified: coursework or performance.

DE Certification by Coursework

  1. The @ONE “Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning”.
  2. Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Teaching Certificate Program.
  3. Quality Matters Online Teaching Certificate Program.
  4. Certification training from other programs, such as @ONE, with prior approval of the DE Coordinator and CoDE Equivalency Committee.
  5. Training from another institution of higher education’s DE Certification process within the last 3 years. The DE Coordinator and CoDE Equivalency Committee will evaluate the training to be equivalent to the above 1-4. The instructor should provide the requested information from the DE Coordinator in regards to the training’s rigor and contents for the CoDE Equivalency Committee’s review.
  • If the DE training from another institution of higher learning is on the approved DE Certification Equivalency List* determined by the CoDE Equivalency Committee, the instructor will earn DE Certification by Coursework.  
  • If the DE training from another institution of higher learning is not on the approved DE Certification Equivalency List* determined by the CoDE Equivalency Committee, the CoDE Equivalency Committee will meet to discuss if an equivalency is possible and if supplemental training is necessary to earn DE Certification by Coursework at GCC.

The instructor should provide the requested information from the DE Coordinator in regards to the training’s rigor and contents for the CoDE Equivalency Committee’s review.

DE Certification by Performance

  1. Any OEI-approved online instructor whose course has been offered through the OEI. The instructor must meet with the DE Coordinator to show that their course has been offered.
  2. Any Quality Matters Peer Reviewer in good standing (e.g. can engage in QM Course Reviews). The instructor must meet with the DE Coordinator Instructor and prove their current qualification.
  3. Any instructor whose course has been officially reviewed by Quality Matters and received approval
  4. Any instructor whose online course has been reviewed under California State University's Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Course Review Program and received an award under the QOLT Awards and Recognition Program.
  5. Any instructor whose online course is evaluated by the DE Coordinator and CoDE Equivalency Committee to be equivalent to the above 1-4. The OEI Course Design Rubric will be used as the instrument of evaluation. The instructor must provide access to the course for the DE Coordinator and CoDE Equivalency Committee’s review.
DE Recertification Training Requirements

Eligibility is maintained through the annual completion of six hours of DE Recertification Training for full-timers and three hours of DE Recertification Training for adjunct faculty.  Eligibility lapses if the annual Recertification training requirement is not completed.

Instructors who receive DE Certification by Coursework measure 1-4 will be exempt from the DE Recertification requirement for the first year. Instructors who successfully undergo an online course review as described under DE Certification by Performance measures 1-4 will likewise be exempt for the year in which that review occurs.

NOTE: Annual DE Recertification hours do count towards your annual Flex hours.

Emergency DE Certification

Online/hybrid classes will be assigned only to instructors who are DE Certified and DE Instruction Eligible. The process for obtaining emergency DE Certification is as follows: Completion of GCC’s in-house @ONE “Introduction to Online Teaching and Learning” by the GCC @ONE certified teacher using course materials developed in conjunction with @ONE’s Teach-the-Teacher program. This 4-week, online course is offered several times a semester.

Do you believe your current DE training from another institution is equivalent to the above DE Certification by Coursework or Performance? If so, please the DE Coordinator, Prof. Alexa Schumacher, at de@glendale.edu