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Distance Education

Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Program

William Diehl
303 Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802
Telephone: 814-865-0473
Fax: 814-867-0228

The certificate in Distance Education is a postbaccalaureate program designed for educators and trainers who want to expand their knowledge and build competencies in the field of distance education. The certificate program consists of 12 credits of course work in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education (ADTED) of which 6 credits must be at the 500 level. The goal of the program is to assist the students in learning the latest trends, issues, and applications within the field of distance education while experiencing them firsthand as a student.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement. Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • A one-page resume
  • A statement describing professional goals, experiences, and responsibilities (2 page maximum)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended

Required Courses:  
ADTED 460: Introduction to Adult Education
ADTED 470: Introduction to Distance Education
ADTED 531: Course Design and Development in Distance Education
ADTED 532: Research and Evaluation in Distance Education


Effective Date: Fall Semester 2016
Expiration Date: Fall Semester 2021

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2016


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