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Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design

Create solutions to improve learning and performance

When it comes to learning and performance, there’s always room for improvement. Moreover, the most forward-thinking leaders realize that highly skilled and productive employees are the foundation for organizational strength and growth. The work of instructional designers ties personal improvements to institutional gains by understanding how to maximize the potential of individuals.

Franklin University’s Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design is designed to equip you with the foundational, principles-based knowledge and skills needed to solve instructional and performance problems using a systematic, theory-based approach.

And because our program is offered completely online for ultimate flexibility, you’ll be able to complete all of your coursework in 9 months. Our accelerated format allows you to quickly earn a credential that highlights your expertise and complements your existing bachelor’s or master’s degree.

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Program Overview

Get a head start on your master’s degree at Franklin

All 16 credits earned during our Instructional Design Graduate Certificate Program transfer directly toward the 32 credits required for our M.S. Instructional Design & Learning Technology. This makes it a great way for you to become familiar with graduate-level courses and see if a master’s degree is right for you.

Systematically design instruction to improve learning

In this program you’ll gain insight into how people learn by studying various learning theories, like behaviorism, constructivism, and social cognitive theory. Meanwhile, you will design and develop e-learning instructional materials by applying concepts and principles of various systematic instructional design models, such as the Systems Approach Model for Designing Instruction (Dick, Carey & Carey), the Kemp Instructional Design Model (Morrison, Ross & Kemp), the Successive Approximation Model (Allen), and Backwards Design (Wiggins & McTighe)

As you create instructional materials, you’ll also learn to incorporate specific research-based instructional theories, on the order of Merrill’s First Principles of Instruction, Gagne’s 9 Events of Instruction, and Keller’s ARCS Model.

Build expertise to improve human performance 

The Instructional Design Graduate Certificate will prepare you to influence human performance with an eye toward cost effectiveness. Through a foundational study of the Performance Improvement/HPT Model (Van Time,Moseley & Dessinger)  you’ll learn the fundamental process for improving human performance – performance analysis, cause analysis, intervention selection, design, and development, implementation, and evaluation – with the goal of analyzing performance needs or opportunities and creating a variety of solutions for improving them.

Leverage technology to deliver effective solutions

As part of your certificate coursework, you will gain hands-on experience with Articulate Studio, a rapid-authoring software designed for creating e-learning. By drawing upon the research-based principles of e-learning, you will create high-quality e-learning unit. Because our goal is to provide you with relevant knowledge, you will learn to facilitate learning through various communication channels, including blogs, wikis, and social networks.

Earn your certificate completely online in 9 months

The four courses that comprise this graduate certificate program can each be taken online so you can learn whenever and wherever it is convenient for you. The accelerated format allows you to quickly get the knowledge you need to enter or advance in the instructional design field.

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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

16 Semester Hours
Required Courses (16 hours)
IDPT 600 - Principles of Learning Theory (4)
In this gateway course, students will begin the process of understanding what it means to be a graduate student at Franklin University. This includes tangibles such as scholarly research and academic writing, as well as intangibles such as critical thinking and attitude. Students will employ various strategies as they develop a thorough understanding of selected learning theories and philosophies. They will then apply these theories and strategies to create a learning event.
IDPT 610 - Principles of Instructional Design (4)
In this course, students will study instructional systems theory, systematic approaches to instructional design, and the contemporary practice of instructional design in a variety of settings, including business, industry, government, and classroom education.
Course Prerequisites:
IDPT 600
IDPT 620 - Principles of Human Performance Technology (4)
In this course, students will learn a framework for understanding human performance by working with scenarios and case studies to analyze performance problems, determine the level and type of intervention required, and make recommendations for a suite of solutions that will achieve the desired impacts. Please note: A book fee will be included in your tuition charges for required course materials. Please see /e-textbooks for specific charges.
Course Prerequisites:
IDPT 600 or PUAD 715
IDPT 640 - Enhancing Learning With Technology (4)
In this course, students will apply design principles to create a learning event that includes the use of new and emerging technologies. Students will research collaboration and networking tools for their use and value in learning environments. Delivery platforms and software will also be explored for their impact on instructional strategies. Projects completed in the course will become part of the student's portfolio.
Course Prerequisites:
IDPT 610

Program Details

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Career Opportunities

Instructional Designer

Instructional designers collaborate with educators to produce and develop software for educational, governmental, and professional use.

Training & Development Coordinator

Training & Development Coordinators manage logistical and administrative tasks to ensure training programs run successfully.

Performance Consultant

Performance Consultants design and establish goal-setting strategies to improve the productivity and efficiency of personnel.

Instructional Coordinator

Instructional Coordinators are responsible for the development and implementation of instructional programs.

Training Specialist

Training Specialists are responsible for designing presentations, job manuals, and other materials to needed to train employees.

Training Program Manager

Training Program Managers are responsible for implementing training strategies within an organization or company.