Applied Professional Certificates in Instructional Design

In a time of unprecedented upheaval, the need for professionals who can create powerful learning experiences is greater than ever. Our online non-credit certificates prepare you to lead change in K-12 systems, higher education, educational technology, corporate training settings and beyond.

Design the Future of Learning

Combine technology with a human-centered approach. Prepare to build engaging experiences in online, in-person, and hybrid settings—while keeping the learner at the core. 

Apply your skills while you’re learning. Our programs combine theories with real-world practice. You’ll emerge with a comprehensive portfolio of course design plans, storyboards, module prototypes, learning activities, and more. 

Be on the cutting edge. You’ll learn current and emerging practices in pedagogy, course design, educational technology, and interactive content development.

Prepare to meet a growing need. Demand for instructional designers is expected to increase as much as 11 percent by 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Interested in our Certificate?

Our team is prepared to answer all of your questions regarding our Advanced Certificate starting September 12th.

We offer various ways to connect with us in the upcoming weeks. 

Register for the Advanced Certificate before August 15th and save $500 by registering with code "EARLY22".

At a Glance

Where will I complete this?

Both Foundational and Advanced certificate programs are part-time and online.

How long will it take?

Earn one certificate in six months,
or both in just over a year.

When can I start?

Advanced Certificate begins Sept 12th,
2022. Our Foundational Certificate will be relaunching soon, inquire above.

Choose from two stackable credentials. 

Build a foundation in instructional design with our Foundational Certificate or advance your skills to the next level with our Advanced Certificate. Or earn both non-credit certificates in just over a year. 

Advanced Certificate: Instructional Design For Learning

Build the skills you need to assess, evaluate, and build media. The six month program consists of four five-week modules and a real-world capstone project that aligns with your professional goals. You’ll end up with an impressive portfolio of work to show potential employers.

Program Start

September 12th, 2022




Bachelor's Degree and

Either have completed the Foundational certificate or have the knowledge listed on the Foundational certificate under Learning Outcomes.


Assessment of Learning in Digital Environments

Learn methodologies for assessing learning (both outcomes and competencies) in digital learning contexts using a variety of formative and summative assessment strategies.

Accessibility and Inclusivity in Digital Learning

Explore UDL, accessibility, equity and inclusion in learning

Multimedia Production for Learning

Prepare to develop instructional multimedia, including video, audio, and animation for learning.

Evaluation of Design Efficacy

Study the process of design evaluation and iteration using common criteria and rubrics (such asOSCQR, Quality Matters, and OLC) to assess the efficacy of digital learning design.


Complete a real-world instructional design project that synthesizes everything you’ve learned and demonstrates your capacity. The learners will be encouraged to identify their project at the beginning of the advanced certificate. Capstone students will receive expert feedback from the instructor as well as input from their fellow certificate program students.

Foundational Certificate: Instructional Design For Learning

Study everything from human-centered design to interactive learning experiences. Consisting of four five-week modules, this six month program builds the foundational skills required to coordinate and develop online courses and curricula.  You’ll develop workforce-ready skills and build a hands-on portfolio.

Program Start

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Bachelor's Degree


Instructional Design Methods and Practices

Explore the practical use of Instructional Systems Design models and emergent practices in learning experience design.

Applied Learning Science and Human-Centered Design

Learn to apply theories of learning (behaviorist, cognitivist, sociocultural) and related frameworks (i.e. community of inquiry), as well as basic human-centered design principles and Formative Education.

Facilitating the Instructional Design Process

Learn to facilitate the design process, including design thinking, stakeholder management, supporting diverse stakeholders, and the project life cycle.

Authoring Interactive Learning Experiences

Leverage multimedia authoring tools and platforms to design for interactivity and learner engagement.

Education and work are undergoing a sea change, creating a greater need for instructional designers who can create positive learning experiences. Professionals with those skills will play an important role in helping create the next normal for learning, whether that’s in higher education, a K-12 setting, or corporate training and development.
Brian Smith, Associate Dean for Research

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