Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design

Program Overview

Application Deadline: Accepting applications until cohort is filled.

12-credits. 4 classes. 8 months. Online.

Instructional Design (ID) is the systematic process of creating learning experiences to achieve optimal training outcomes. The certificate is underpinned by adult learning tenets, uses an integrated curriculum design, and employs a practical application approach to learning the content. Learners will exit the certificate with a portfolio of work that will allow them to show and demonstrate what they can do. 

Any career field can use and apply this certificate. It's a skill set.

Length: Eight months, offered ONLINE.

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Why choose JU's Instructional Design program

In addition to the ID knowledge base this certificate emphasizes the leadership component of ID to include working with teams, consultation, facilitation, and interviewing skills. Given the realities of their work, these skills are vital to success in instructional design and a needed complement to their knowledge of the fundamentals of instructional design.

Target population – Adult learners. Working practitioners who are looking to advance in or post into a learning /development role in their organization or receive a learning and development credential.  Those who provide and develop professional development (learning) in their organizations.

Any career field can use and apply this certificate. It's a skill set.


Admission/application Requirements 

  • Undergraduate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
  • Copy of résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional goals statement (250 words)
  • 3.0 GPA


  • EDL 563 -Instructional Design 1 – (prerequisite: admission to the certificate program in Instructional Design). This foundational course takes a practical application approach to the systematic process of instructional design. Topics covered include needs assessment, learner analysis, and task analysis. Three credits.
  • EDL 564 - Instructional Design 2- (prerequisite: EDL 563). Learning theories and strategies for learning germane to the knowledge base of instructional designers will be explored. This course will emphasize the use of these strategies to design learning experiences for face-to-face, blended, and online environments.  Three credits.
  • EDL 565 - Instructional Design 3- (prerequisite: EDL 564). Building on foundations of Instructional Design 1 and 2, this course will use case studies to extend learner knowledge and skill in instructional design with a focus on ID models, problem-solving of instructional design and human performance problems, and instructional design decision-making. The team-approach in ID, pertinent leadership skills, and project management in instructional design will be explored. Three credits.
  • EDL 566 - E-Learning Leadership– (prerequisite: EDL 565). This course will center on designing, developing and leading e-learning programs and projects. In this course, learners will develop a culminating project for the Instructional Design certificate. Three credits.

Theory and practical skills are needed in today's workforce. The Instructional Design certificate blends both worlds.


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