Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Distance Education

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Demand Increases for Trained Distance Education Professionals

As the number of traditional college students taking online courses continues to rise, and as more working professionals seek online education to help secure a new job or improve their advancement opportunities, the demand for trained distance education professionals continues to increase.

To help meet this rising demand, Penn State World Campus has partnered with the College of Education to offer you an online postbaccalaureate certificate in distance education.

Why a Certificate in Distance Education Online at Penn State

Penn State gives you the opportunity to gain a new perspective on distance education as you complete your course work entirely online. This program was designed by world-renowned faculty such as Penn State Professor Michael Moore, founding director of the American Center for the Study of Distance Education and founder and editor of The American Journal of Distance Education.

Course topics — including adult education principles, distance education course design, and research and evaluation in distance education — are presented to you by the same faculty who lecture on campus.

Act 48 Approved

Penn State is an Act 48-approved provider for Pennsylvania educators, so the courses for the postbaccalaureate certificate in distance education may count toward professional development hours.

Choose the Online Graduate Program in Adult Education That Is Right for You

Penn State offers an online postbaccalaureate certificate in distance education and a master’s degree in adult education. Choose the program in distance education that is best for your professional development plan.

Distance Education Certificate

This postbaccalaureate certificate addresses the constantly evolving field of distance education. All the credits you earn in this program may be applied toward a master’s degree in adult education, upon your admission into that program.

Master of Education in Adult Education

This program can give you well-rounded, practical instruction in adult education. Elective courses allow you to concentrate in specific areas of study, or you can choose a broad overall perspective of adult education.

Who Should Apply?

If you are an educator or trainer who wants to expand your knowledge and build skills in the field of distance education, this could be the postbaccalaureate certificate program for you.

Please note that this program does not lead to initial teacher certification, however, this program may help you to renew your certification. Check with your state's Department of Education for exact requirements for recertification.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Many graduates of our program are employed as:

  • teachers            
  • trainers
  • instruction coordinators   
  • instructional designers
  • course builders
  • program managers
  • online learning directors

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We strive to create an online learning environment that brings you as close to the face-to-face experience as possible. Learn more about Penn State World Campus