Many of our faculty who are deaf found the course accessible and user friendly.
Tammy Weiner
Gallaudet University

Welcome to COAT

The Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching (COAT) program provides online professional development for online instructors - college, K-12, continuing education, government, and corporate.  

Our flagship course is the Certificate for Online Adjunct Teaching course, which was originally designed for college adjunct instructors.  However, higher education full-time faculty and administrators, K-12 educators and administrators, instructional designers, and many others have taken the course...and been very satisfied with the results!

Content for the COAT course was based upon research conducted by a team of professionals 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 700 instructors/professionals from 33 states, 111 institutions, and 9 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.

Building on the success of our ground breaking COAT course, we now offer a version of the course customized to meet the needs of Continuing Education instructors.  We also added a course that many K-12 educators are interested in.  "Stay Current with Tools of the Web: Create a Personal Learning Network" helps instructors use free web tools to connect with content experts and create a network of support for any topic of interest.

For more information about the COAT program, 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.

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