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Graduate Certificate in Distance Education

The Graduate Certificate in Distance Education (GCDE) is a focused, compact program that is offered conjointly with the Master of Distance Education program. It is intended for professionals who are looking for a formal introduction to the field of distance education and graduate-level training in developing and managing distance education and e-learning programs, but who do not require a Master’s degree in this field.

Program goals

GCDE graduates are expected to be able to:

  • Participate in the development and delivery distance education programs that are underpinned by effective pedagogy and appropriate and sustainable use of technology;

  • Participate in the management of distance education programs in different contexts—educational, business and non-profit organizations—to meet the needs of target learners; and

  • Use their knowledge of theories, models, and principles of open learning and distance education to critically examine various aspects of DE programs from a variety of perspectives.

Admission requirements

Applicants for admission to the GCDE must have a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized post-secondary institution, with a general weighted average (GWA) of 2.5 or better.Students who are admitted to the MDE program may opt to exit the MDE program and be awarded the GCDE provided they complete the GCDE course requirements.



The GCDE program consists of 18 units of course work as follows:
•    EDDE 201 (Foundations of Distance Education)
•    at least six (6) units of the core courses in the MDE program
•    no more than nine (9) units of elective courses in the MDE program

CORE COURSES (at least 6 units from the following)   

EDDE 201    Foundations of Distance Education   
EDDE 202    Learning Theories and Instructional Design in Distance Education   
EDDE 203    Technology in Distance Education   
EDDE 204    Assessment of Student Learning in Distance Education   
EDDE 205    Management of Distance Education   
EDDE 206        Research in Distance Education

ELECTIVES (not more than 9 units from the following)   

Pedagogy Cluster  
EDDE 210    Online Teaching and Learning   
EDDE 211    Lifelong Learning

Technology Applications Cluster  
EDDE 221    Design and Evaluation of Multimedia Educational Materials   
EDDE 222    m-Learning   
DEVC 207    Design and Production of Audiovisual Communication Materials (offered by the MDC program following a semestral schedule)

Educational Management Cluster   
EDDE 230    Ethical, Legal and Social Issues  in the Information Age   
EDDE 231    Planning and Managing Networked Learning



MDE students who complete 18 units of courses, consisting of EDDE 201, at least six units of core courses and not more than nine units of electives, may apply to be awarded the GCDE and thereby exit the MDE program.

A GCDE graduate who wishes to apply for admission or re-admission to the MDE program (in the case of former MDE students who exited the MDE with the GCDE) should have a GWA of 2.0 or better in the GCDE.

Upon admission to the MDE program, courses completed for the GCDE may be credited to the MDE subject to the following conditions:
1.    The course to be credited should have been taken within three years from the application for crediting; and
2.    The student has earned a grade of 2.0 or better in the course to be credited.

If a course being applied for crediting does not meet one of these two conditions, the course may still be credited provided the student takes and passes a validation exam for that course before or within the semester of admission to the MDE program.

Up to 18 units of courses completed for the GCDE may be credited to the MDE subject to the foregoing conditions and other relevant University policies.



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