Online Distance Learning Graduate Certificate

The certificate in Online Distance Learning prepares educators and other professionals to design and deliver online, remote learning experiences in academic or business settings.

All courses are offered completely online.

Admissions information

Currently enrolled students: If you are enrolled in another program at the University, you need to apply to earn this certificate. Note: Transfer credits may not be applied to this certificate program.

Application priority deadlines:

  • October 31- Spring start
  • January 31 - Summer start
  • March 31 - Fall start

For detailed admission information and tuition information on the certificate program, visit our graduate certificate admissions page.

You can also contact the faculty adviser for the program, Jolie Kennedy.


Through this certificate you will acquire knowledge and skill in designing and delivering online distance learning by:

  • Developing expertise in emerging practices in learning design for online environments
  • Gaining an understanding of key learning theories and applying them in practice
  • Engaging with current research about online teaching, learning, and design
  • Participating in a learning community to learn from others while reflecting on your own teaching, reading, designing, and writing

Complete 12 credits (each course is 3 credits):

  • Foundations of distance education
  • Online learning communities
  • Designing and developing online distance learning
  • Learning analytics

See the detailed course curriculum for the Online Distance Learning certificate in the graduate catalog.

Master of education

You can pursue the certificate alone or pursue the certificate and MEd Professional Studies in Learning Technologies at the same time.

You will need to apply to both the certificate program and the master’s program. Once admitted, strategize with your adviser to plan your coursework in order to meet the requirements for both programs simultaneously.


You can take the courses at your own pace. The coursework is asynchronous and can be completed around your work schedule. Working professionals usually opt to take one course a semester, which means you would finish the certificate over a four-semester period while continuing to work full-time.

Susan Stephan
I would highly recommend the Certificate program in Online Distance Learning to anyone who will be involved in designing, teaching in, or otherwise administering online educational programs.

Susan H. Stephan
Associate Dean of Graduate and Online Programs
Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law