Instructional Design (Certificate)

The Certificate in Instructional Design is geared toward experienced technical communicators who wish to acquire focused competency in instructional design.

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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).

Program Overview

Experienced technical communicators interested in advancing their instructional design skills will learn teaching methodology as well as the ability to create engaging educational materials through training in document and web design, user experience evaluation, and more.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this certificate program can serve as information specialists to systematically design and develop instructional materials and training programs. Potential employers include:

  • Businesses
  • Individuals
  • Government
  • Nonprofits
  • Health and education institutions

Students enrolled in this program will study document design, web design, user experience research/evaluation, and more.

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You 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 (if you’re admitted to one of those programs), as long as those courses were not applied to another degree.