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Given the rapid increase in internet technology and the ease with which the world can be reached through this medium has revolutionized business practices around the world and has influenced all aspects of the global economy. The education sector especially has capitalized on this frenzy and many school systems, colleges and universities now offer online or distance education along with the traditional education systems.

Distance education offers amazing scheduling flexibility, allowing students or working professionals to pursue a degree out of their home balancing work and domestic responsibilities. You can work your degree at your own convenience by taking classes anywhere you want; and this self-paced learning reduces stress and increases satisfaction. All these benefits and increasing sophistication in online and multimedia technology has greatly facilitated online education, offering college degrees within reach to a broader population than ever before.

Due to the heightening demand, there is a need for expert educators in e-learning and distance education at both graduate and post-graduate levels. The best way to learn about the distance education system is to get enrolled in an online degree and get familiarized with the procedures and the style of learning. Ultimately, as a online education instructor this will help you in passing on this expertise and experience with your future students.

Graduates in this field are skilled and trained to work in online curriculum design, in research program effectiveness, in educational technology development, or distance education policy and management. Distance educators are also taught to stay at the forefronts of new developments in technologies, and its application to distance education.

There are numerous college degree programs offered with focused courses in online teaching methodologies, educational technology and its application in particular areas such as corporate training and development. According to the U.S Department of Labor, employment opportunities for distance education professionals indicate excellent growth rate of 23 percent from 2006 to 2016. Administrative jobs are predicted to increase moderately with 12 percent growth from 2006 through 2016.

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University of Phoenix

At University of Phoenix, we believe everyone deserves access to higher education. University of Phoenix is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. University of Phoenix was placed on Notice by The Higher Learning Commission, effective June 27, 2013. For additional information, contact The Higher Learning Commission,

   Doctor of Education/Curriculum and Instruction
   Doctor of Education in Ed. Leadership/Educational Technology
Liberty University

With more than 300 online and residential areas of study, Liberty offers programs from the certificate to doctoral level.

   M. Ed. in Teaching & Learning in Education Technology
Full Sail University - Online

Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.

   Instructional Design & Technology
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