Certificate in E-Learning Leadership

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate 
Number of Credits to Completion: 18.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible*

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.0501
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 25-9011

*The current plan of study for this program would only allow for federal financial aid (including Federal Direct Student Loans) for terms that are at least a minimum of 4.5 credits for graduate courses and 6.0 credits for undergraduate courses. This is based on current regulations from the U.S. Department of Education.

About the Program

Note: Effective Fall 2022, students are no longer being admitted into the Certificate in E-Learning Leadership program. 

The graduate Certificate in E-Learning Leadership is designed to meet the needs of today's working professionals across many fields. As the demand for academic programs and courses to be delivered via e-learning continues to grow, the corresponding need for leadership in this important area increases. Similarly, corporations continue to seek leaders to oversee training and development initiatives via e-learning. This certificate provides, in a concentrated format, the most contemporary knowledge and skills needed in this important area for students who do not wish to pursue a master's degree but who would value a credential that demonstrates their learning.

Admission requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and an undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Up to 15.0 credit hours from the Certificate in E-Learning Leadership can be applied toward an MS in Learning Technologies.


Upon completion of the program, students will have formed an in-depth understanding of online and distance learning theory and practice. Students will be able to answer the following questions:

  • Which emerging technologies hold greatest promise for enriching learning experiences throughout the educational enterprise?
  • What pedagogical strategies should designers embody in instructional materials, including those based on multimedia and those reflected in gaming environments?
  • How should educators deploy, manage, and evaluate information and communication technologies in classrooms for optimal educational effects?
  • What principles of design and practice should educators incorporate into distributed educational courses and programs?

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the program will follow the University standards for admission to graduate study. Prospective students must minimally have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA).

In addition, prospective students are required to submit the following:

  • Completed application form including official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Resume
  • Application fee (if applicable)

The applicant's potential to contribute to the overall quality of the program of study will also be considered. Decisions will be made using dates corresponding to the regular University schedule for rolling admissions in Graduate Admissions.

Program Requirements

EDLT 551Instructional Design Methods3.0
EDLT 552Instructional Design: Project Management3.0
EDLT 553Instructional Design: Special Topics 3.0
ELL 501The Purpose and Business of E-Learning3.0
ELL 503Teaching and Learning Issues in E-Learning3.0
ELL 504Learning Technologies & Disabilities3.0
Total Credits18.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
EDLT 5513.0EDLT 5523.0EDLT 5533.0ELL 5043.0
ELL 5013.0ELL 5033.0  
 6 6 3 3
Total Credits 18

Additional Information

For more information, visit the Drexel University Online Graduate Certificate in E-Learning website.

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