Welcome to COAT
The Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT) provides online professional development for instructors who wish to learn how to teach online or to improve their online teaching expertise. The course was originally designed for college adjunct instructors. However, full-time instructors, instructional designers, administrators, and K-12 educators also find the course to be very valuable.
Content for the course is based upon research conducted by a team from seven different higher education institutions. Based upon this research, the course was designed™ and developed by a team of experienced online instructors and instructional designers.
Nearly 600 instructors/professionals from 26 states, 67 institutions, and 5 countries have completed the COAT course since we first began offering it in 2010. Feedback from COAT alumni has been overwhelmingly positive, with more than 90% of COAT respondents indicating the course met or exceeded their expectations and that they would recommend the course to a colleague. (See more of what our "alumni" have to say.)
A pilot study of K-12 educators in 2013-2014 revealed that K-12 educators feel the course is valuable to them, also. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) approved the COAT course for three continuing professional development (CPD) credits for Maryland K-12 educators to apply to their teacher license recertification requirements.
Another pilot study is currently underway for Continuing Education instructors. The original COAT course was customized to specifically meet the needs of Continuing Education instructors and is currently being offered as a pilot.
For more information about COAT, our history, and the extensive research that forms the basis for all things COAT, see "About Us" and "Research." We also encourage you to join our mailing list to receive periodic news or to sign our interest list to be notified of upcoming courses.
The Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT) is one of several MarylandOnline (MOL) programs. MarylandOnline is a state-wide, inter-segmental consortium dedicated to championing distance learning and developing innovative programs designed to improve the quality of distance education.
One MarylandOnline product, Quality Matters (QM™), addresses quality in online course design and has received national recognition and numerous awards.