Graduate Certificate in Distance Learning

Campus Locations Online
Also available 100% Online Yes
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 16
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter
Meets International Visa Requirements No


We have suspended new enrollments to the Distance Learning Certificate program at Northeastern University and are no longer accepting applications for admission. The eLearning and Instructional Design curriculum is offered as a concentration within the Master of Education program and as a certificate.

Distance learning is the fastest growing area of postsecondary education in the United States. In order to meet the expanding need for qualified instructors and professionals, the College of Professional Studies created the online Graduate Certificate in Distance Learning.

The curriculum is based on cutting-edge distance education techniques, recognized best practices, and proven methodologies, as applied by Northeastern University and other leading institutions. Focused on emerging trends in distance learning and hands-on instruction, this online certificate will provide educators with the opportunity to achieve excellence in distance learning administration and instruction.


Please note: Students who started this program prior to Fall 2015 should follow the curriculum reflected on their DegreeWorks audits via the self-service tab of their myNEU portal.  Please consult your advisor with any questions.

Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses (12 q.h.):  

EDU 6319 How People Learn 4 q.h.
EDU 6323 Technology as a Medium for Learning 4 q.h.
EDU 6321 Models for Learning Design 4 q.h.

Complete one of the following courses (4 q.h.):

EDU 6558 Issues in Education 4 q.h.
EDU 6332   Open Learning 4 q.h.
EDU 6331 eLearning Design as a Collaborative Profession 4 q.h. 
EDU 6324 Competencies, Assessment, and Learning Analytics  4 q.h. 


Required minimum credit hours: 16 q.h.

Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Official undergraduate degree documentation
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Graduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Estimated total tuition for this program is $8,480.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of quarter hours. Most courses are 3-6 quarter hours. See Graduate Tuition Rates for details.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.

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