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Postbaccalaureate Certificate in
Distance Education

Program Summary

Meet the rising demand for distance education professionals. The program was designed by the founding director of the American Center for the Study of Distance Education, and it focuses on adult education principles, distance learning course design, and research and evaluation in distance education.

Costs and Financial Aid

12 Credits $924 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

The Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Distance Education is not currently accepting applications as we make some minor revisions to the program. Please check back in early July for updates or consider exploring the Lifelong Learning and Adult Education degree program, which has a Global Online and Distance Education option.

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 this online postbaccalaureate certificate in distance education as well as an online master’s degree in adult education. The credits earned in this certifcate program may be applied toward the master’s degree in adult education, upon your admission into that program.

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.

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.

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 create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus

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