HELPING ENSURE INTEGRITY
IN PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

The Certified Distance Education Instructor Program

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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Use the CDEI Search Page.

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Need to update your contact info or access certificates and badges? Login to the CDEI Portal.

The CDEI™ program is designed to be used by persons preparing to teach professional and academic education courses via a variety of distance education delivery methods such as Internet, CBT, and video-conferencing.  Students becoming certified will have an excellent credential and knowledgebase by which to begin or continue their work facilitating distance education courses.

The CDEI™ program is also designed to present theory and good practice for facilitating a distance education course.  The program is divided into two courses: (1) How and why adults learn, and (2) Principles of good practice for teaching online.  Each course contains five major learning objectives.  Completion time for each module is approximately eight hours for a total of sixteen hours for the entire program. To earn the CDEI certification, the student must complete both courses.

The first course, How and why adults learn, will focus on educational theory.  Issues such as learning styles, motivation, and assessment will be explored.  The second course, Principles of good practice for teaching online, will practically apply these theories in an online professional education context.  In both courses the content will be applied to the role of a professional and academic distance educator.

MAJOR LEARNING OBJECTIVES FOR THE CORE COURSES

Course one: How and why adults learn

  • Evaluate whether or not good teaching can be taught.
  • Describe how adults learn.
  • Interpret how adult students differ.
  • Compare how approaches to teaching differ.
  • Appraise strategies for assessing adult learners in distance education courses.

Course two: Principles of good practice for teaching online

  • Identify distinct elements of distance education.
  • Explore and list categories of distance education.
  • Describe technology used in distance education.
  • Interpret standards for distance education.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

The CDEI™ courses are truly eye-opening. Even the material I knew became more clear as I experienced the structure of the course. The READI assessment is excellent. I have already incorporated teaching skills into my instructor training for next weeks class. Great learning experience for me as an instructor, both classroom and online and especially instructor training techniques.

Shelia Hensley, CDEI™
Real Estate Education Instructor and Author
Memphis, Tennessee

The IDECC CDEI™ courses exceeded my expectations. I truly learned how to be a more effective teacher, and learned something about myself and my shortcomings. I will bring what I have leaned to both distance learning and traditional classes. This program has made me rethink several of my current teaching styles and reinforced others. The CDEI™ program, and the implementation of its strategies will help me to be a better educator.

Bill Merrell, CDEI™
Adult Educator, New York

COST

The cost for obtaining certification is $400 ($200 for each course) and is valid for three years. At the end of the three year certification period, one eight-hour course will need to be completed to maintain the certification. The cost for renewing the course is $195.

QUICK START- HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR CDEI™ DESIGNATION

  • Step 1 - Read the COURSE ORIENTATION Students enrolling to take the course should read this prior to starting it. The orientation is also available inside the course for reference.
  • Step 2 - To begin or continue taking the courses necessary to become a Certified Distance Education Instructor, ENTER THE COURSE PORTAL

Students must complete both CDEI™ I and CDEI™ II to earn the CDEI™ designation.

 

RENEW THE CDEI™

First Renewal

Note: This renewal course is for individuals who have already earned CDEI™. The course is designed to take approximately 8 hours to complete.

  • Step 1 - Read the COURSE ORIENTATION Students enrolling to take the course should read this prior to starting it. The orientation is also available inside the course for reference.
  • Step 2 - To begin or continue taking the courses necessary to become a Certified Distance Education Instructor, ENTER THE COURSE PORTAL and ensure you use the same username or email address that you used when you first registered for the first CDEI™ courses. Once logged in, click "View a list of courses you may register for" and choose the CDEI™ Renewal Course.
    If you forgot that username, click "Email me my password" on the login screen. If you forgot both the username and email address you used, contact us at support@idecc.org or call 312-300-4800.
  • After you complete the renewal course, you will be notified via email of such, mailed a hard copy certificate and your certification expiration date will be advanced three years.

CDEI Renewal2

To maintain your certification after your first renewal, you must complete the CDEI™ second renewal application prior to your expiration date. To begin, visit https://www.idecc.org/cdei-second-renewal/. Choose your name from the drop-down list and fill in your CDEI™ verification ID. If you don't know your CDEI™ verification ID, you can look it up here: https://www.idecc.org/content.cfm?page=cdei_search.

As part of the second renewal application, you will have an opportunity to update your contact information. Then, you'll be presented with several essay questions asking you to relate your understanding of key concepts from the CDEI™ courses, and how you have applied them as an instructor. You can complete the questions in any order and stop and come back at any time. Once you complete the essay questions and pay the renewal fee of $195, your CDEI™ designation will be renewed for another three years.

CDEI Renewal 3+

For the third renewal and following, we offer a catalog of 3-5 hour courses on specialized topics relevant to distance education instruction. You'll be able to choose two courses that interest you for each renewal cycle. Upon completing each course, you'll earn a badge which you can display to highlight your experience in the field of study. Upon completing two courses, your CDEI will be renewed for 3 years.

If your renewal is less than 6 months away, an account has already been created for you at Learner Community using the email address associated with your CDEI record. You'll receive more detailed instructions in your renewal notification email.

Once you are logged into Learner Community, choose the courses you'd like to take:

  • Browse the course catalog here: http://arello.learnercommunity.com/cdei-renewal-3-plus.
  • Choose two courses you're interested in and enroll and pay for the courses. The fee is $100 per course.
  • As you complete each course, you'll earn a badge which you can display to highlight your experience in the field of study. The badges can be accessed from your Learner Community Profile page or from the CDEI Portal at https://www.idecc.org/cdei/portal/.
  • Once you complete both courses, your CDEI will be renewed for 3 years.

CERTIFICATES, LOGOS AND VERIFICATION

Upon successful completion of CDEI™ courses, students will receive a certificate within several weeks honoring the achievement. Certification can also be verified here.

If you need to obtain an electronic CDEI™ logo, verify your certification here and download. (Note: if you earned your certification prior to June 15, 2007, IDECC needs to update your verification id. We will be sending you a new one within 30 days of June 15. If you need to verify certification before you receive your new certificate, please contact us.

 

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