Training and Experience Requirements

PCC requires the completion of one of following certification courses  in order to teach in an online/hybrid format at the college:

  • PCC Online Teaching Certification (OTC) course - free and fully online 8 week course


  • @One's Online Teaching and Design (OTD) course - fully online 12 week course 

The PCC Distance Ed department no longer offers “fee-waiver” codes for any @One courses due to a reduced budget. If you are interested in paying out of pocket and being reimbursed for the cost of the OTD course, or any other @One course, you must do the following to be eligible for reimbursement.  

The PCC Online Teaching Certification (OTC)

The PCC Online Teaching Certification (OTC) is an 8-week fully online course that explores online learning theory, approaches to online course design, and strategies for supporting student success through Course Design, Interaction, Assessment and Accessibility. This course is for PCC faculty who are completing the college’s DE training requirement to become fully certified to teach online or hybrid courses at PCC.

This course, facilitated by PCC faculty and staff, is equivalent to the @One Online Teaching & Design course that also fulfills PCC’s Distance Education certification requirement.

How to register for PCC’s OTC course:

To find out when the next OTC course will be offered please refer to the Training and Workshops page. We will have one offered every term. If you do not see an OTC course listed on the calendar, please contact for details of when the next one will be available.


By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop a comprehensive course plan for a fully online or hybrid course
  • Use the core features of the Canvas learning management system to design an online or hybrid course
  • Develop an introductory orientation module
  • Develop a learning unit with clear objectives aligned to the course outcomes
  • Design accessible course content
  • Integrate Open Educational Resources or other material curated from the internet to support student learning
  • Design formative and summative assessments to support and measure student learning
  • Use a variety of communication tools, both within and external to Canvas, to support student success
  • Explain PCC policies and distance learning regulations


This course fulfills PCC’s distance education training requirement. This course can be used for salary advancement under : 12.6.3 Equivalent Credit, section c in the PCC Faculty Contract. Or for FLEX credit but not both. This course is not eligible for Acceptable Study credit units.

Fully Online

8 weeks

Time Commitment:
Approximately 10 hours per week, for a total of 80 hours.

Level of Difficulty:

Intermediate. You need to be very comfortable using most features in Canvas. If you are still learning Canvas, it is strongly recommended that you take @One’s free Introduction to Teaching with Canvas course (either the facilitated or self-paced course) prior to enrolling in this eight-week course.

IMPORTANT: This is a very popular course and we have limited seating. Please only register if you can fully commit to this class during the full length of the course. If not, we recommend waiting till the next term when there will be additional training options available. This course is only open to current PCC faculty. When you register make sure to use your email. Registering with a will result in being dropped from the course unless your dean has contacted with a request to allow you in the course.

@One Online Teaching and Design

The @One Online Teaching and Design (OTD) course is a 12 week fully online course where you will explore online learning theory, approaches to online course design, and strategies for supporting student success from within the structure of the four sections of the Online Education Initiative's Course Design Rubric.

@One offers several sections of the Online Teaching and Design course every term. Please check their current course catalog for course dates.

How to register for an @One course:

  1. First contact to let us know you would like to  register for an @One course, and which course you are interested in taking. This is required so we can budget for reimbursement and allocate funds accordingly.
  2. You MUST register for the course using your email. Enrollments completed under a different email will not be eligible for reimbursement by PCC. Make sure to keep the proof of purchase email receipt you receive from @One after registering. You will need to provide this to us after course completion when you request reimbursement.
  3. If you have limited or no experience teaching in Canvas, @One recommends taking the facilitated version of the Introduction to Teaching with Canvas course prior to the OTD course. The fully online course is free, but you do need to register through @One to reserve a seat in the course. Not sure if you need the Canvas course first? Do a skills check by reviewing the course outcomes, which are  listed on the course information page.

After you successfully complete an @One course:

Once you have successfully completed an @One course and received your digital badge from them, you will need to send an email to that includes:

  1. Your full name, pasadena email and department
  2. Your proof of purchase (email receipt your received from @One)
  3. Your digital badge. Either share a link to your badge or attach the actual .png image of the badge you can download. 

We will verify the information and file your reimbursement request thereafter. 

The DE Dept. cannot reimburse the cost of @One’s credit option through Fresno Pacific University (FPU), which can be used towards salary advancement at PCC. If credit units for salary advancement are needed, faculty must pay for all FPU course fees without reimbursement.

The Certificates offered by @One can be taken at your option, but these are not necessary to teach online or hybrid courses at PCC. 

See the full course catalog with course dates and registration links/information:

Experience Waivers

Previous Teaching

If you have taught online at another institution but not PCC, you may be eligible to waive some training requirements. You will need to meet with the Chair of the Faculty Committee on Online Learning and the Dean of Distance Education (or designees)  to discuss your experience and present a course you have taught online. Your course should include all the required elements for an online course from the OEI Course Design Rubric.  The evaluators use the Online Equivalency for Teaching Checklist when reviewing the course.

Previous Coursework

  1. If you have taken the equivalent coursework, you may be eligible to waive some or all of the PCC training requirements. Equivalent coursework means courses that cover the same learning outcomes as the required @One course Online Teaching & Design. You will need to provide proof of completion of previous coursework, as well as course descriptions. These can be sent to
    1. Depending on your past experience and training, one or more @One supplemental courses may be required to fill in any knowledge or skills gaps.
      For example: You may have taught DE in a 4-year setting in another state, so it may be recommended that you take Introduction to Online Teaching & Learning, which covers standards, regulations & requirements for distance education instruction at California Community Colleges specifically.