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

*The current plan of study for this program would only allow for federal financial aid (including Federal Direct Student Loans) for terms that are at least a minimum of 4.5 credits for graduate courses and 6.0 credits for undergraduate courses. This is based on current regulations from the U.S. Department of Education.

About the Program

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 able to:

  • Create effective learning artifacts using a variety of media and methods, including hands-on experience
  • 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, including social media via mobile devices
  • Design effective learning experiences (LXD) for online and blended learners using tools and methods specific to specific 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, as well as a variety of contemporary variations on these traditional elements 
  • 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
  • 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:

  • Completed application form including official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Resume
  • Application fee (if applicable)

The applicant’s potential to contribute to the overall quality of the program of study will also be considered. Decisions will be made using dates corresponding to the regular University schedule for rolling admissions in Graduate Admissions.

Credits from the certificate in Instructional Design can be applied toward an MS in Learning Technologies.

 Program Requirements

Degree Requirements

Required Core Courses
EDLT 503The Learning Sciences3.0
EDLT 532Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience3.0
EDLT 541Foundations of Game-Based Learning3.0
EDLT 551Instructional Design Methods3.0
EDLT 552Instructional Design: Project Management3.0
EDLT 553Instructional Design: Special Topics 3.0
EDLT 554Learning with Social Media and Mobiles3.0
ELL 503Teaching and Learning Issues in E-Learning3.0
ELL 504Learning Technologies & Disabilities3.0
Total Credits27.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
EDLT 5413.0EDLT 5033.0EDLT 5533.0VACATION
EDLT 5513.0EDLT 5523.0EDLT 5543.0 
 6 6 6 0
Second Year
ELL 5043.0EDLT 5323.0  
 ELL 5033.0  
 3 6  
Total Credits 27

Additional Information

For more information about this program, please contact LearningTech@drexel.edu

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