Distance Education

Certificate program


$695 Includes course materials, access to the on-line classroom, and a certificate upon graduation.

Registration Opens

Fall 2018

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Program Begins

January 28, 2019


June 2019

What is the Certificate Program?

Goal of Program

To promote excellence in distance learning instruction and administration.

Intended Participants

Instructors, administrators, managers and trainers involved in distance learning or preparing for leadership roles in distance learning.

Course Leadership

The program curriculum, developed by the University of West Georgia, is based on cutting-edge distance education techniques and proven methodologies. Course modules will be led by intructors and administrators experienced and recognized in distance learning. Guest lecturers will be involved "virtually" during the course.

Course Structure

The certificate program is a professional program that offers 8.7 CEU credits. It is offered completely on-line with no residency requirement. It comprises three seven-week modules which incorporate conceptual knowledge into practical learning experience. It is suggested that participants spend about 3-5 hours per week participating in on-line bulletin boards, reading materials, and completing exercises. Many of the exercises are optional, but regular participation on the course bulletin board is required for graduation.

Program Content

Module I

Introduction & Distance Learning Theory history and foundations of distance education; theory and perspectives of distance education; technologies of distance education

Module II

Distance Teaching Strategies course design; teaching behaviors; needs assessment; evaluation; integration of technologies, development of online courses

Module III

Program Management learner support; administration & budgeting; course support; training and mentoring; marketing & promotion; facilities management; copyright laws and other policy issues