Master the pedagogy of distance learning and develop management skills with a master's degree in distance education and e-learning with a specialization in distance education teaching and training.

In the distance education teaching and training specialization at University of Maryland University College, you'll develop expert knowledge in instructional design and administration principles to lead online learning institutions, departments, and programs. You'll gain experience in the latest modalities of online learning and strengthen your management skills to improve the quality of instruction and learning technology in any distance education environment.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2016–2017 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Distance Education and E-Learning Master's Degree with Distance Education Teaching and Training Specialization

Courses in the Master of Distance Education and E-Learning program with a distance education teaching and training specialization will prepare you to deal with the specific teaching related aspects of modern distance education both in the traditional teaching setting and the corporate training sector. While the specialization focuses on teaching and training, you'll also learn about instructional design and management topics such as intellectual property, accreditation, and quality assurance.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Develop and manage a distance education curricula
  • Apply education theory and learning models as well as various teaching and learning frameworks in distance education
  • Use learning management systems and stand-alone learning objects
  • Use collaborative learning technologies and open educational resources
  • Perform quality assurance and project management of e-learning initiatives
  • Understand virtual K–12 schools and their structures and regulations
  • Apply distance learning programs in the workplace to drive professional development
  • Perform cost/benefit analyses for distance learning programs
  • Understand different organizational and staffing models in distance education as well as different leadership styles
  • Manage change in organizations

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Create a personal learning environment to use throughout the course of the degree program
  • Submit a project proposal for the introduction of multimedia learning in a corporate or academic setting, and prepare an audio or video presentation to convince the director of an e-learning department to provide the project funds
  • Submit a proposal for improving enterprise learning based on a case study and a needs analysis for a real organization
  • Create a prototype online course, including a context analysis, a learning design, a storyboard for the prototype course, and a project management plan
  • Design a learner support model for a public or private educational institution or corporate or military training program

Distance Education and E-Learning Master's Degree with Distance Education Teaching and Training Specialization Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Master's - specialization Courses

Introductory Course

  • UCSP 615
    (to be taken within the first 6 credits of study)

We also recommend UCSP 605 if you'd like to improve your graduate writing skills.

Core Courses

  • OMDE 601
  • OMDE 603
  • OMDE 610
  • OMDE 606
  • OMDE 608

Specialization Courses

  • DETT 607
  • DETC 620
  • DETT 611
  • EDTC 650
  • DETT 621
  • DEPM 604

Specialization Rules & Recommendations

  • DETT 607 or EDTC 640 must be taken before EDTC 650.

Capstone Course

  • OMDE 670

Other Requirements

  • You must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher at all times.
  • All degree requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years.
  • Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate degree.