UW-Platteville master's degree in distance education a rare find

'Only a handful exist' nationwide, magazine says

PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The unique online master's program in Distance Education Leadership at University of Wisconsin-Platteville was recently featured in Converge, an online magazine published by the Center for Digital Education. Below is a portion of the article.

Candace Croft, PhD., who has more than two decades of experience with higher education and continuing education, leads the Master of Science in Distance Education Leadership (MSDEL). The degree is designed for professionals who desire to grow in the field of distance/online higher education administration, policy analysis, and academics.

Distance education master's programs are rare, but important
Courtesy of Converge

Only a handful of master's programs focus on training distance education leaders and instructional technologists, despite a rising need for these positions.

A Google search reveals only three U.S. master's programs that include distance education in their title. Canada's Athabasca University does have a Master of Education in Distance Education. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville started an online Master of Science in Distance Education Leadership this fall.

"We really did not find that there was a critical mass of programs out there that would provide that knowledge and skill set for a virtual education leader or administrator," Croft said.

UW-Platteville, a pioneer in distance education, provides eight degrees entirely online: master’s degrees in organizational change leadership, project management, criminal justice, engineering, distance education leadership, and integrated supply chain management along with bachelor’s degrees in business administration and criminal justice.

Visit www.GoUWP.com, call 800.362.5460 or e-mail disted@uwplatt.edu for more on UW-Platteville and its accredited online programs.

Click here for entire Converge article.