October 13, 2010 | | Leave a comment Teachers who are looking to further their careers may be able to find new opportunities at campus-based and online colleges that offer courses for working professionals. For example, The University of Wisconsin – Stout (UW-Stout) recently unveiled an E-learning and online teaching graduate certificate program, according to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. The program is dedicated to helping educators learn more about teaching virtual courses. "It takes something special to teach online," program advisor Dennis O'Connor told the newspaper. "If you're not a strong instructor, it's easy to document. There's certainly a lot of folks out there that don't do it right." The course allows teachers to earn master's degree credits through individual classes that focus on designing lessons for virtual courses. New state regulations now require educators to have at least 30 hours of professional development experience to teach online classes for K-12 students. Educating teachers on web-based instructional techniques has become more common as virtual classes grow in popularity in schools across the country. Online degree programs, such as the one offered by UW-Stout, allow working professionals to obtain a degree in between their other daily obligations.