Certificate in Instructional Design (TID)
The certificate in Instructional Design is primarily for experienced technical communicators who wish to acquire focused competency in instructional design. Graduates of this certificate program can serve as information specialists to systematically design and develop instructional materials and training programs for businesses, individuals, health and education institutions, and government. This certificate teaches the core concepts, instructional methods, and assessment instruments for designing materials using various forms of text and visual media, computers and instructional techniques. The program consists of 15 credit hours (five required courses).
Required Courses (effective for students entering summer 2010)
- COM 424 Document Design OR
- COM 528 Document Design
- COM 525 User Experience Research and Evaluation
- COM 530 Standards-Based Web Design
- COM 535 Instructional Design
- COM 542 Knowledge Management
Applicants must have a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.5/4.0 and must be admitted as a graduate certificate student. Certificate students who later apply to one of the department’s M.S. programs or the Ph.D. program must meet the admission guidelines for that program. All coursework taken toward a certificate in technical communication or in instructional design and passed with a grade of "B" or better may also be applied to the M.S. in Technical Communication and Information Design or the M.S. in Information Architecture (for students who are admitted to one of those programs), as long as those courses were not applied to another degree.
To apply as a graduate certificate student, please follow this link:
For More Information
If you have questions about the certificate in Instructional Design, about careers in technical communication, or about your readiness for the program, please contact:
Prof. Matt Bauer or Prof. Karl Stolley
Co-Directors, Graduate Studies