College of Education

Distance Education (Graduate Certificate)

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In response to increasing student demand, a large number of postsecondary institutions and agencies in public health, government and private business are developing distance learning programs. However, distance education requires a unique set of skills for course program development, management, support, and delivery. To prepare current and future faculty and administrators, the University of Kentucky offers a graduate certificate in distance education through the collaborative efforts of the Department of Early 5 Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction within the Instructional Systems Design (EISD) program and Distance Learning Programs.

Based on interest, students may choose an emphasis from either the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling (EDSRC) or from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EDC) within the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) program. In addition, students may choose the option of completing the Certificate under cross-listed courses through the Graduate School (GS).  All emphases require two foundation courses and two related electives for a total of 12 graduate credit hours. All courses are delivered in a distance education format.

Course in Course Development (3 credit hours – choose one):

  • EDC 548 Instructional Computing 2
  • EDS 651/GS 600 Distance Education Delivery

Course in Program Development (3 credit hours – choose one):

  • EDC 605 Distance Education Design
  • EDS 652/GS 600 Distance Education: Management and Support

Related Electives (6 credit hours – choose two):

  • EDC 543 Video for Multimedia and Distance Learning
  • EDC 607 Instructional Design I
  • EDS 649 Advanced Practicum: Special Education Technology
  • EDS 721 Practicum in Special Education Personnel Preparation

Other suitable electives will be considered.