Online Distance Learning Certificate Program

The online distance learning certificate is designed to prepare educators and other professionals to design and deliver distance learning opportunities in academic or business settings.

This 12-credit certificate program will prepare students to successfully design, develop, and deliver curriculum on the Internet; use interactive online media; and create online learning communities for business and K-12 and postsecondary schools. As schools and businesses embrace online education, a variety of instructional design guidelines and pedagogical approaches have been developed to effectively guide online education and enhance learning.

Certificate coursework includes face-to-face and online learning opportunities. Technology experience is not required, and courses are designed for learners with a wide range of experience.

Goals of the distance learning certificate include:

  • Developing knowledge and skills in the best practices for designing and delivering online distance learning
  • Engaging with current research about distance learning, current practices and learning theory
  • Providing opportunities to practice designing, developing, and delivering online distance learning
  • Creating learning communities where students can reflect on their own teaching, reading, designing, and writing
  • Allowing students to learn from each other

The program is offered by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I). The certificate can also provide a portal to additional study, since certificate courses may be applied toward a M.Ed., M.A., M.S., Ed.D., or Ph.D. program.

For more information, please contact Dr. Aaron Doering.