An apparatus and method for simultaneous channel and optical signal-to-noise ratio (OSNR) monitoring is adapted to function in multi-channel wavelength-division-multiplexed (WDM) optical communication systems. A polarization controller is sequentially adjusted to perform the sequential polarization control with an optical signal. A polarization-selective electro-optic modulator acts as a polarizer and provides a signal dithering to improve the detection sensitivity. A beam splitter splits the dithered optical signal into two clusters. A photodetector receives the first cluster and measures the OSNR. An optical element receives the second cluster and monitors the channel wavelength of multiple channels. The apparatus can be packaged into a compact module and integrated on a chip. The channel monitoring covers a wide wavelength range and is tunable. The OSNR monitoring can be accurate over a wide dynamic range.