Distance Education Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Program

Admission Requirements

Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 Admissions Policies. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.

Applicants must submit the following materials:

Certificate Requirements

Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.

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.

Required Courses
ADTED 460Introduction to Lifelong Learning and Adult Education3
ADTED 470Introduction to Distance Education3
ADTED 531Course Design and Development in Distance Education3
ADTED 532Research and Evaluation in Distance Education3
Total Credits12


Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.


Campus World Campus
Graduate Program Head Susan Mary Land
Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) or Professor-in-Charge (PIC) Heather A Zimmerman
Program Contact

Kolette L Shiner
303 Keller Building
University Park PA 16802
(814) 865-0624

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