MS Distance Education Leadership Degree Requirements

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The Master of Science in Distance Education Leadership degree is earned upon the successful completion of 30-33 graduate credits. Five emphasis areas are available from which to select your program plan: General Management, Higher Education, Leadership of Teaching and Learning, eLearning Administration, and Corporate Training.

Graduate credits with a grade lower than a "C" will NOT be counted toward the degree (but will be reflected in the GPA.)

*Course subject to final approval by the Graduate Council
**Coming Spring 2015
Note: Some courses may require participation at scheduled times.

Credit Overview

Foundation/Core Course (9-12 credits)

Business/Leadership Foundations (0-3 credits)

DEL 7210 Leadership and Organizational Excellence in the Virtual World* OR 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 5530 Organizational Behavior 3 cr.

Distance Education Core (9-12 credits)

DEL 7010 Introduction to Distance Education 3 cr.
DEL 7950 Research, Assessment, and Analytics in eLearning 3 cr.
DEL7840 Capstone OR 3 cr.
DEL7920 Seminar Paper OR 3 cr.
DEL7990 Thesis Research 3-6 cr.

Emphasis Area - General ManagemenT (top)

Required Courses (6 credits)

DEL 7610 Virtual Team and Project Management 3 cr.
DEL 7910 Critical Issues in Virtual Education 3 cr.

Electives (12-15 credits)

Select elective courses with the assistance of your academic advisor. Additional electives may be available through transfer and/or other arrangements. Contact the program coordinator for more information. The curriculum is continuously updated to ensure its relevance to today's field of distance education leadership.  Reminder: Maximum of 12 credits outside DEL program can be used.

DEL 7110 Virtual Educational and Instructional Technology 3 cr.
DEL 7120 Academic Administration in the Virtual Environment 3 cr.
DEL 7220 Teaching and Learning at a Distance **Coming in Spring 2015 3 cr.
DEL 7310 Operations Administration in the Virtual World 3 cr.
DEL 7410 Education Policy, Law, and Ethics in the Virtual Environment 3 cr.
DEL 7510 Online Course Design and Management **Coming in Spring 2015 3 cr.
DEL 7540 eLearning Program Administration *Approved for Development 3 cr.
DEL 7640 Talent Development in Virtual Education 3 cr.
DEL 7710 Advanced Finance with Virtual Education* 3 cr.
DEL 7720 Student Recruitment in Virtual Education* 3 cr.
DEL 7740 Student Services in Virtual Education* 3 cr.
DEL 7940 Special Topics* 3 cr.
DEL 7980 Independent Study 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7330 Organizational Change Leadership: Theory and Practice 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7200 Strategic Thinking and Change 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7400 Creative Problem Solving 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7500 Organizational Development 3 cr.
Business 5500 Employee Training and Development 3 cr.
Business 6200 Employee Recruitment and Selection 3 cr.
PROJMGT 7010 Project Management Techniques AND
PROJMGT 7020 Project Management Techniques II
3+3=6 Crs.
BUSADMIN 5540 Quality Management OR 
BUSADMIN 7540 Advanced Quality Management
3 cr.

Emphasis Area – Higher Education (TOP)

Required Courses (12 credits)

DEL 7120 Academic Administration in the Virtual Environment 3 cr.
DEL 7310 Operations Administration in the Virtual World 3 cr.
DEL 7410 Education Policy, Law, and Ethics in the Virtual Environment 3 cr.
DEL 7910 Critical Issues in Virtual Education 3 cr.

Electives (9 credits)

Select elective courses with the assistance of your academic advisor. Additional electives may be available through transfer and/or other arrangements. Contact the program coordinator for more information. The curriculum is continuously updated to ensure its relevance to today's field of distance education leadership.  Reminder: Maximum of 12 credits outside DEL program can be used.

DEL 7110 Virtual Educational and Instructional Technology 3 cr.
DEL 7220 Teaching and Learning at a Distance  **Coming in Spring 2015 3 cr.
DEL 7510 Online Course Design and Management 3 cr.
DEL 7540 eLearning Program Administration  *Approved for Development 3 cr.
DEL 7610 Virtual Team and Project Management 3 cr.
DEL 7640 Talent Development in Virtual Education 3 cr.
DEL 7710 Advanced Finance with Virtual Education* 3 cr.
DEL 7720 Student Recruitment in Virtual Education* 3 cr.
DEL 7740 Student Services in Virtual Education* 3 cr.
DEL 7940 Special Topics* 3 cr.
DEL 7980 Independent Study 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7330 Organizational Change Leadership: Theory and Practice 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7200 Strategic Thinking and Change 3 cr.

Emphasis Area – Leadership of Teaching and Learning (TOP)

Required Courses (15 credits)

DEL 7120 Academic Administration in the Virtual Environment 3 cr.
DEL 7220 Teaching and Learning at a Distance  **Coming in Spring 2015 3 cr.
DEL 7540 eLearning Program Administration  *Approved for Development 3 cr.
DEL 7640 Talent Development in Virtual Education 3 cr.
DEL 7910 Critical Issues in Virtual Education 3 cr.

Electives (6 credits)

Select elective courses with the assistance of your academic advisor. Additional electives may be available through transfer and/or other arrangements. Contact the program coordinator for more information. The curriculum is continuously updated to ensure its relevance to today's field of distance education leadership.  Reminder: Maximum of 12 credits outside DEL program can be used.

DEL 7110 Virtual Educational and Instructional Technology 3 cr.
DEL 7310 Operations Administration in the Virtual World 3 cr.
DEL 7410 Education Policy, Law, and Ethics in the Virtual Environment 3 cr.
DEL 7510 Online Course Design and Management **Coming in Spring 2015 3 cr.
DEL 7610 Virtual Team and Project Management 3 cr.
DEL 7940 Special Topics* 3 cr.
DEL 7980 Independent Study 3 cr.
TEACH7540 Program Planning for Adults 3 cr.
TEACH7550 The Adult Learner 3 cr.

Emphasis Area – eLearning Administration (TOP)

Required Courses (12 credits)

DEL 7110 Virtual Educational and Instructional Technology 3 cr.
DEL 7220 Teaching and Learning at a Distance  **Coming in Spring 2015 3 cr.
DEL 7510 Online Course Design and Management **Coming in Spring 2015 3 cr.
DEL 7910 Critical Issues in Virtual Education 3 cr.

Electives (9 credits)

Select elective courses with the assistance of your academic advisor. Additional electives may be available through transfer and/or other arrangements. Contact the program coordinator for more information. The curriculum is continuously updated to ensure its relevance to today's field of distance education leadership.  Reminder: Maximum of 12 credits outside DEL program can be used.

DEL 7120 Academic Administration in the Virtual Environment 3 cr.
DEL 7310 Operations Administration in the Virtual World 3 cr.
DEL 7410 Education Policy, Law, and Ethics in the Virtual Environment 3 cr.
DEL 7540 Program Planning in Distance Education  *Approved for Development 3 cr.
DEL 7610 Virtual Team and Project Management 3 cr.
DEL 7940 Special Topics* 3 cr.
DEL 7980 Independent Study 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7330 Organizational Change Leadership: Theory and Practice 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7200 Strategic Thinking and Change 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7400 Creative Problem Solving 3 cr.
PROJMGT 7010 Project Management Techniques AND
PROJMGT 7020 Project Management Techniques II
3+3=6 Crs.
BUSADMIN 5540 Quality Management OR 
BUSADMIN 7540 Advanced Quality Management
3 cr.

Emphasis Area - Corporate Training (TOP)

Required Courses (12 credits)

DEL 7110 Virtual Educational and Instructional Technology 3 cr.
DEL 7510 Online Course Design and Management **Coming in Spring 2015 3 cr.
DEL 7610 Virtual Team and Project Management 3 cr.
DEL 7910 Critical Issues in Virtual Education 3 cr.

Electives (9 credits)

Select elective courses with the assistance of your academic advisor. Additional electives may be available through transfer and/or other arrangements. Contact the program coordinator for more information. The curriculum is continuously updated to ensure its relevance to today's field of distance education leadership.  Reminder: Maximum of 12 credits outside DEL program can be used.

DEL 7220 Teaching and Learning at a Distance  **Coming in Spring 2015 3 cr.
DEL 7540 eLearning Program Administration  *Approved for Development 3 cr.
DEL 7710 Advanced Finance with Virtual Education* 3 cr.
DEL 7940 Special Topics* 3 cr.
DEL 7980 Independent Study 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7330 Organizational Change Leadership: Theory and Practice 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7200 Strategic Thinking and Change 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7400 Creative Problem Solving 3 cr.
BUSADMIN 7500 Organizational Development 3 cr.
Business 5500 Employee Training and Development 3 cr.
Business 6200 Employee Recruitment and Selection 3 cr.

Interested in a certificate to accompany your degree plan? Talk to your advisor or the program coordinator for more information. Reminder: All credits for certificates must be earned through UW-Platteville Distance Education.

  • eLearning Certificate with DEL 7110, DEL 7220, and DEL 7510 (9 credits)
  • Leadership of Teaching and Learning Certificate with DEL 7120, DEL 7640, and DEL 7910 (9 credits)
  • Online Program Administration Certificate with DEL 7310, DEL 7540, and DEL 7910 (9 credits)
  • Organizational Change Leadership Certificate with BUSADMIN5530, BUSADMIN/OCL 7330, and BUSADMIN/OCL 7200 (9 credits) 
  • Project Management Certificate with PROJMGT7010, PROJMGT7020, and PROJMGT 5540 or PROJMGT7540 (9 credits)

SCHOOL OF GRADUATE STUDIES REQUIREMENTS (TOP)

  1. All students must complete a minimum of 30 graduate credits.
  2. No more than 12 credits may be transferred from an external program, including other UW-Platteville graduate programs. All remaining graduate credits must be earned from UW-Platteville.
  3. Courses in the 5000-6000 levels are open to graduate students for graduate credit, provided the courses had not previously been taken at the undergraduate level.
  4. At least 21 credits must be 7000-level courses (upper division graduate-level courses).
  5. Graduate students must maintain a 3.00 grade point average.
  6. Graduate students are allowed seven years from the date of admission into a master’s program to complete degree requirements (extensions may be granted).
  7. Transfer of credits requires approval by faculty in the Distance Education Leadership Program and the Director of the School of Graduate Studies.
  8. Transfer credits will not be officially recorded until the student has successfully completed some graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, and only courses where the student received a grade of B or higher will be accepted.

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