Program Overview

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County offers an online Certificate in Distance Education ideal for those who create, deliver, support and measure training, learning and performance within organizations.  Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of positions, such as trainers, instructional designers, instructional technology specialists, eLearning developers, or training managers.  The program combines research and practical design experience as well as emphasizing implementation of technology with instruction.  Ultimately, CDE students learn the theoretical principles and practical applications of designing effective online training and instruction for both corporate and educational settings.

The Distance Education Certificate is a 12 credit hour program.  Students take the following courses in: Instructional Systems Design I, Principles of Distance Education, the Online Classroom, and Corporate Distance Training.  Students may apply the credits earned through this certificate program toward a Master’s degree in Instructional Systems Development at UMBC.  This certificate also does not require a specific undergraduate degree for entry into the program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the Accrediting Board for Engineering Technology, Inc.; and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.


    Bachelor's degree earned from a regionally accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from a comparative foreign institution; no specific undergraduate degree is required; and GREs or the GMAT are not required.

    School Overview

    The University of Maryland, Baltimore County, UMBC was founded in 1966 as a division of The University of Maryland. It is a public research institution situated on a 500 acre campus three miles from the city limits of Baltimore. Through combining research opportunities and a liberal arts education, UMBC strives to become a superior research institution. Through efforts including workforce training, community partnerships and entrepreneurial actions, UMBC also contributes to local and state economic development.

    UMBC offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, as well as graduate-level certificates from the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    • College of Engineering and Information Technology
    • College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
    • The Erickson School
    • Graduate School
    • School of Public Policy
    • School of Social Work

    The department of Online Learning offers several graduate level degree and certificate programs which can be completed fully online.


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