Certificate in Instructional Design

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate  
Number of Credits to Completion: 27.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter

Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.0501
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 25-9031
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The Instructional Design Certificate prepares students to apply the principles, theories, models, tools, and techniques of systematic instructional design in diverse organizational settings. It is appropriate for students from varied professional backgrounds seeking careers that utilize the systematic design and development of effective instruction either in physical facilities, online, or blended environments. This includes individuals preparing to be professional instructional designers, teachers, and other learning design professionals for PK-20 education, adult education, and workplace training. It specifically addresses the needs of the millennial learner and collaborative, networked communities. Students are encouraged to integrate their professional experiences and engage co-learners from other environments in their explorations.

The outcomes of candidates who successfully complete the Instructional Design Certificate will be to:

  • create effective learning artifacts using a variety of media and methods including social media via mobile devices;
  • design an effective instructional development plan that meets the needs of various stakeholders;
  • collaborate with and lead a team of talented contributors to create an instructional product resulting in an effective and efficient outcome;
  • design and integrate virtual community processes into learning environments;
  • design effective learning experiences for online and blended students using tools and methods specific to these environments;
  • apply knowledge from the quickly evolving field of learning science to the design process;
  • create effective technology-enhanced instruction that includes analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation;
  • recognize and adapt learning environments, tools, methods, and strategies to engage and optimize learning for disabled populations;
  • negotiate an effective instructional design and development initiative that meets the needs of a real client; and
  • plan, develop, evaluate, and manage the rapid design/development of effective instructional materials.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the program will follow the University standards for admission to graduate study. Prospective students must minimally have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA).

In addition, prospective students are required to submit the following:
a) Completed Application Form including official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
b) Two letters of recommendation
c) Personal essay
d) Resume
e) Application fee

The Program Manager will evaluate the applicant’s potential and commitment to succeed in graduate study seeking advice from the Program Director in cases where evidence is not clear. The applicant’s potential to contribute to the overall quality of the program of study will also be considered. An Interview/Intake Advisement session will be held for those candidates who pass the initial screening. Decisions will be made using dates corresponding to the regular University schedule for rolling admissions in Graduate Admissions.

 Program Requirements

Required Core Courses:
EDLT 532Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience3.0
EDLT 536Learning Sciences and Instructional Design3.0
EDLT 550Introduction to Instructional Design3.0
EDLT 554Learning with Social Media and Mobiles3.0
EDLT 811Designing and Developing Multimedia Applications For Learning3.0
ELL 502E-Learning Technologies3.0
ELL 504Learning Technologies & Disabilities3.0
Required Capstone Courses:
EDLT 539EDLT Co-op Seminar Course I1.5
EDLT 540EDLT Co-op Seminar Course II4.5
Total Credits27.0
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