American University of Beirut

The Graduate Diploma in Online Education


  • Next Start Date: August 26, 2024
  • Application Deadline: March 14, 2024
  • Curriculum: 4 courses

Improve Your Employability!

For aspiring educators and motivated lifelong learners that strive for continuous career growth, the Graduate Diploma in Online Education is an exclusive program that will provide you with the tools to maximize your impact in the Education industry while improving your prospects in other fields.

The Graduate Diploma in Online Education focuses on the principles of online teaching and instructional design by leveraging the practical experience and applied research of AUB’s world-renowned faculty members.

This diploma is offered in an asynchronous-online format to provide busy working individuals the flexibility to study at their own pace. As the leading academic institution in the region, we promise to transform your career trajectory by accelerating your growth in your field and other industries. 

Program Features

 Length of Program: Two Academic Terms  

 Format: Online Asynchronous

 Course Duration: 13 weeks​  

 Language: English

 Curriculum: 4 courses (12 credits)

 Next Start Date: August 26, 2024​

A Career-Transforming Experience

As the first program of its kind in the region, the Graduate Diploma in Online Education delivers an innovative learning experience that will equip you with the transferable skills that are highly in demand for today's job market.

This program follows an online asynchronous format and requires the completion of 4 courses, equivalent to 12 credit hours. Contact us to learn more! 

You can transfer all your diploma credits towards our Master of Arts in Computing in Education​.​

See course details ​bel​ow.

Learning Expectations​​​

  • Expand your knowledge of the latest educational technologies to create accessible and inclusive learning experiences for students in this digital age.
  • Independently develop and implement online courses, training programs, and syllabi using different kinds of instructional models.
  • Develop a critical perspective on the norms and ethics underlying electronic information sharing in diverse contexts along with the associated implications of such practices.
  • Acquire life-long skills in leadership, critical thinking, and interdisciplinary collaboration that train you to take on instructional design roles in a variety of formal and informal settings including education, business, and non-profit and governmental organizations.

Admission Requirements

This diploma is open to students from all backgrounds. No previous experience is required! Because this is a graduate diploma, the admission requirements are the same as the Faculty of Arts and Sciences' requirements for a Master's degree admission, namely the following:

  • A bachelor's degree with a GPA of at least 80 percent (equivalent to 3.2/4 on the AUB Scale) in the major field of study and a cumulative average of at least 75 percent (equivalent to 2.7/4 on the AUB Scale).
  • Applicants other than AUB graduates and graduates of recognized colleges or universities in North America, Great Britain, Australia, and New Zealand, must demonstrate proficiency in the English language through standardized tests.

Tuition and Fees

  • Base price per credit: $300

*Excluding registration and technology fees

*Payments can only be made in USD

Course Details

  • EDUC 371
    Digital Citizenship
    This course introduces the ethics of technology related to responsible behavior when accessing, managing, exchanging, and disseminating information electronically. Topics covered include fair information practices as well as various ethical, legal, privacy, and security issues across disciplines.

  • EDUC 372
    Foundations in Distance Education
    This course provides participants with the academic and practical fundamentals of online learning. It focuses on distance education in formal and informal settings, particularly for students in K-12 settings and adult learners in higher education.

  • EDUC 373
    Instructional Design and Development
    This course introduces the basic principles, tools, and techniques required for instructional design.

  • EDUC 374
    Technology and Information Systems for Teachers and Administrators
    This course explores the use of technology and information systems in schools at the administrative level, addressing how different information systems' tools and applications are used in the educational environment for decision-making, planning, and communication.

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