Mar 24, 2018  
2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog 
2017-2018 CSU East Bay Catalog

Education, Online Teaching and Learning Option, M.S.

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Education, Online Teaching and Learning Option (M.S.) 45 units

General Information

The first fully online program at Cal State East Bay and one of the most comprehensive online teaching and learning training programs offered in the world, the MS in Online Teaching and Learning (MS-OTL) program has been empowering educators, instructors, trainers, and support staff to effectively design and implement online courses since 1999.

Our students develop their own online course or program, using best practices in online teaching and learning. Your course will be designed around your subject area of expertise, the needs of your learners, and will take your institutional setting into account.

Our program is not cohort-based, with all students taking the same courses each quarter. Rather, you can complete the degree at your own pace and take one or two courses per quarter and skip a quarter or two along the say. However, each course has weekly assignments and due dates so they are not self-paced.


To be admitted to the Online Teaching and Learning Option in the M.S. in Education, students meet normal Cal State East Bay requirements for admission to a graduate program in Education. Students from schools where English is not the primary language of instruction are required to achieve a TOEFL score of at least 213 (550 on the former grading scale) for admission to the program.

Curricular Requirements

Students work with designated program advisors. Communication with advisors is by e-mail, telephone, and video conference as necessary. Student orientation to the program is by means of the program website.

Students complete 45 units of approved coursework. All work applied toward the 45 units must be at an average grade of “B” (3.0) or higher, and no graduate-level required course may be at a grade below “B.” A student may retake a course one time only, if the overall grade point average is 3.0 or higher.Students who are qualified for admission to the program will be placed in the “Conditionally Classified Graduate” category. Upon completion of the University Writing Skills Requirement (which is satisfied with a “B” or better in OTL 6706 ), they will be placed in the “Classified Graduate” category. If students do not pass OTL 6706 with a “B” or better, they must take the Writing Skills Test (WST) to satisfy the University Writing Skills Requirement. If students do not pass the WST, they must take a course or courses (depending on the score they received on the WST), to improve their skills and satisfy the University Writing Skills Requirement. Students complete OTL 6899 Project (4.5) as the capstone experience.

Course Descriptions

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Other Graduate & Post-Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

In addition to departmental requirements, every student must also satisfy the university requirements for graduation as described throughout this catalog. These include the 32-unit residence requirement, the five year rule on currency of subject matter, the minimum number of units of 6000-level courses, the 3.00 grade point average, and the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at or call 510.885.3661.

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