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Distance Educator Certificate

The Distance Educator Certificate program provides PreK-12 educators, higher education faculty, administrators, school instructional staff, and trainers with practical skills, training, and preparation to provide the necessary leadership abilities to be effective distance educators. The certificate program will enhance educator preparation by providing opportunities for educators to navigate through virtual classrooms, utilize and manage instructional tools such as wikis and blogs, and communicate with and receive guidance from current virtual school instructors. This certificate program is financial aid eligible.

Who Should Apply

Gainful employment programs are those programs that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation. The following link provides information about the cost, financing, student success, and occupations that may be related to the Distance Educator Certificate program.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

  • Completed admission application packet, including nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University.
  • Official transcript indicating conferral of a bachelor's degree or higher by a regionally accredited institution (2.5 minimum cumulative GPA required).
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended postsecondary institutions.

Financial aid is available to students enrolled in this program.

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Course Number Course Title Credits
CODE 600 Foundations of Distance Education 3
CODE 610 Planning and Assessing in Online Learning 3
CODE 630 Digital Tools for Virtual Schools 3
CODE 650 Distance Educator Practicum 3

TOTAL CREDITS: 12

Coursework for the Distance Educator Certificate is conducted entirely online. This approach allows participants to interact with each other via the Internet. This distance delivery option allows busy professionals to complete this certificate without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

Faculty members in the Department of Instructional Design & Technology are dedicated to preparing you for positions of leadership in the fields of instructional technology, distance education, and curriculum. Hailing from NSU and other major universities and institutions throughout the country and around the world, our faculty are highly respected professional practitioners and recognized scholars who are carefully selected on the basis of their subject area expertise, teaching abilities, and professional involvement. Furthermore, they are united in their desire to not only educate, but to inspire students to use what they learn to motivate others.

Meet the Faculty and Staff of the Department of Instructional Design & Technology

  • Satisfactory completion of all required coursework;
  • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher;
  • Completed application for certificate.