Distance Learning Coordinators
Education and Training Requirements
A well-rounded education while in high school is good preparation for a career as a distance learning coordinator. Take classes in math, science, history, business, art, and English. Knowledge of different computer hardware platforms and software programs is essential, so be sure to take any computer classes offered at your school.
Most employers prefer to hire distance learning coordinators who have a master's degree in education, educational leadership and administration, curriculum and instruction, or a related area of study. Others may have degrees in an IT–related field, with an education- or education administration–related minor.
The Association for Talent Development offers a variety of certificates in instructional design, consulting, and other topics. Visit https://www.td.org/education-courses/certificate-programs to learn more.
Other Education or Training
The American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, Learning Forward, and the United States Distance Learning Association offer webinars, workshops, and seminars that allow distance learning coordinators to expand their skills and stay up to date with industry developments. Contact these organizations for more information.
Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements
Certification or Licensing
Coordinators may enhance their skills and knowledge through voluntary certification. For example, the Association for Talent Development offers the Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP) designation to those who meet education and work experience requirements and pass the certification exam. Learn more at https://www.td.org/certification/cplp/introduction.
Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits
Most employers prefer to hire distance learning coordinators who have a master's degree and three to four years of work experience in distance education.
The job requires strong knowledge of principles and methods of education and training. Another important requirement is the ability to communicate clearly with different groups of people, from instructors and other faculty members to students and staff. Distance learning educators who succeed in this field are knowledgeable about customer and personal service. They understand the importance of evaluating customer satisfaction and making changes to ensure DL program standards meet customers' needs. They are technology savvy and are comfortable using a wide variety of computer systems to process information, enter data, communicate with others, and create and monitor DL programs. Innovative people who have integrity and initiative, are reliable, and have a good-natured, cooperative attitude do well in this field.