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Certificate in Instructional Design

This fully online program is designed to meet the increasing challenges for training within academic, corporate, nonprofit, and healthcare organizations. Participants will have the opportunity to design and produce learning activities, interactive multimedia materials, training materials and curriculum.

Program Overview

The Instructional Design Certificate program consists of four courses (12 graduate-level professional development credits), designed to be taken sequentially. Courses are also available as stand-alones. Participants in this program will explore the theoretical, philosophical, cultural, technological, ethical and political complexities surrounding learning and assessment.

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XLSU 9023 Introduction to Instructional Design
45 clock hours/ 3 PDUs
This class covers the essence of what it means to be an instructional designer. It describes the nature of the work, the core learning theories behind the work, industry best practices for doing the work, and begins to teach participants how they can become employed as instructional designers.

XLSU 9024 Instructional Design in Corporate Environments
45 clock hours/ 3 PDUs
Prerequisites: XLSU 9023
While there are many venues in which instructional design can be practiced, the vast majority of jobs in this field involve working with or for corporate employers. To be successful, it is necessary to understand the culture of the company, identify key project members (e.g. stakeholders and subject matter experts), gain knowledge of the project’s learning and business objectives, assimilate relevant technologies that will be used, and discover the attributes of the people who will receive the instruction. Using case studies, this class walks participants through simulations of all these processes.

XLSU 9025 Instructional Design Technologies 
45 clock hours/ 3 PDUs
Prerequisites: XLSU 9023
Instructional design makes heavy use of multiple software technologies for the design, development, and delivery of content. In this class, participants will be introduced a wide range of applications they will likely need to work in this field. Included are sections on programs for storyboarding the learning, creating interactive content, and working with common learning management systems that typically serve as the online interface between participants and the instruction being delivered.

XLSU 9027 Developing a Corporate Curriculum from End to End
45 clock hours/ 3 PDUs
Prerequisites: XLSU 9023, XLSU 9024, & XLSU 9025, or permission from instructor.

In this class, participants will be given an opportunity to apply all the instructional design knowledge and skills they have acquired to create a complete learning solution from end to end. The class instructor will serve as the project manager and each participant will be responsible for finding his or her own subject matter expert (SME) to work with. The deliverable at the end of this course can either be a portfolio-quality instructional design sample participants can use to secure work in the field or a completed learning project that will be used in a real-world setting. 3 credits.




45 hours per course

4 courses for Certificate

Estimated Tuition

$400 per course

No additional materials required

Ways to Learn



3 PDUs per course

12 PDUs for Certificate

Program Partner

We partnered with Leadership Via Design to bring you affordable, full suite, cloud-based, content-rich online education.

As a student, you will: 

  • Understand the conceptual foundations and skills necessary to design valid, reliable and appropriate ways of integrating learning goals and learning targets into a variety of quality design and evaluation methods.
  • Be introduced to a wide range of software applications necessary to concept, create and present information to participants.
  • Have the opportunity to design a complete learning solution using your own subject matter expert resulting in a portfolio-ready sample. 

Who Should Enroll?

Individuals interested in the instructional design career.

Professionals who have taken on a training role within their organization.

Training and Development professionals.

HR professionals.

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