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FAQ - Online Course Redesign & Faculty Certification

SHSU online has received many questions regarding the Online Course Redesign & Faculty Certification.  We have attempted to address these questions below.  If we don't answer your question exactly, or if you have any other questions, please send them to Jacob Spradlin. (ucs_jws@shsu.edu)

If the fall cohorts are full, is there a way I can still get in?

Please email your name, College, Department, and phone number to ucs_jws@shsu.edu. Also, indicate the cohort dates you prefer to attend. You will be added to a waiting list. In the event that a spot opens up, you will be contacted to enroll.

Will training be offered in the Spring?

Spring and Summer training sessions will be made available. They will operate in a different scheduling structure to accommodate teaching schedules.

I’m a part-time adjunct who teaches online. Do I have to participate?

The faculty certification for teaching online is required of anyone who is teaching online for SHSU, regardless of employee status (i.e. tenure track, tenure, pool, adjunct, part-time, full time, visiting etc.)

Will trainings be offered in the Woodlands Campus?

TWC and Fully Online options will be made available in the Spring semesters.

If I have to travel to TWC or to Huntsville, will my travel expenses be reimbursed?

An online option will be made available in the Fall and Spring semesters for all remote, online professors. In some instances, your college or department may offer to reimburse travel to attend a face-to-face event. Please contact your department chair for prior approval.

Can I be exempt from having to do the certification?

See our Waiver Option below.


Faculty seeking a waiver from the required Online Teaching Certification Course must meet specific criteria. To apply for the waiver, you will need to email Jacob Spradlin (ucs_jws@shsu.edu) to note your official request.

Upon receipt of the waiver request, the process is as follows:

  • Your department chair will be informed of your request for a waiver
  • Next, your recent online courses will be evaluated using the SHSU Online Rubric for Online Course Design.
  • Finally, an email will be sent to the faculty member with the committee’s decision to award a waiver or not.

Faculty with courses that clearly demonstrate the inclusion of best practices from the “Exemplary” category of the Rubric, will be emailed the committee’s findings within 5 business days.

If you have any further questions or concerns please email Jacob Spradlin (ucs_jws@shsu.edu).

NOTE – there is no stipend available for faculty that receive a waiver.