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.