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Postbaccalaureate Certificate in
Distance Education


This 9-credit certificate program is available completely online, allowing you to learn the content of distance education through the process of distance education.

Course topics include:

  •     adult education principles
  •     distance education course design
  •     instructional technology
  •     research in distance and online learning

Position Yourself for the Future

Distance education and online learning are widely embraced by companies, and educational institutions are searching for cost-effective alternatives to traditional workshops, conferences, and classroom instruction.

A certificate in distance education positions students for career advancement in the field and in their current professional settings. New career opportunities for distance education and online learning professionals are available in continuing education centers, community colleges, universities, K–12 schools, and training and consulting firms.

Convenient and Flexible

Each course is taught online to maximize flexibility while maintaining teacher and student interaction. As a Penn State World Campus student, you can learn when and where it's most convenient for you.   

Required Courses (9 credits)

  • 3

    An introduction to the history, philosophy, organizations, learning theories, and instructional procedures used in American and foreign distance education.

  • 3

    In-depth study of the practices of designing courses taught by print, broadcast, and telecommunications media to adult distance learners.

    • Prerequisite

      ADTED 470, INSYS 415

  • 3

    Study of previous, current, and needed research, and of strategies and issues concerning evaluation, in distance education.

A note about prerequisites: Prerequisites as listed may be waived by the course instructor if you can demonstrate the required level of competency.

Course Availability

If you're ready to see when your courses will be offered, visit our public LionPATH course search (opens in new window) to start planning ahead.

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