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Instructional Design
Certificate Program

Instructional Design

The design of inspired learning

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Certificate Description

Certificate to be retired

The Instructional Design certificate will be retired March 31, 2022.

If you have already earned an ID certificate, congratulations! No action is necessary. You can find a link to your digital badge today.

Your next steps

We encourage all students who have taken courses or established candidacy in this program to reach out to Student Services before Nov. 30, 2021 for help in adjusting your academic plan. 


Deliver great learning

The rapidly changing field of instructional design needs qualified people to organize and deliver learning that effectively serves diverse learning styles and organizational goals. This certificate focuses on the principles and practices of traditional settings in K-12 classrooms, colleges, universities, and professional training settings in corporations and government.

Explore practical approaches to online learning, facilitation, the use of emerging technologies, intercultural communication, and the evaluation of curriculum and training vendors. As a student, you will develop and expand existing skills, build on natural talents and strengths, and learn from assessments to develop areas in need of special attention.

Instructional Design and Delivery certificate program objectives

  • Plan and implement assessment and evaluation as they play out in corporate training and university settings
  • Understand the principles of visual design
  • Develop a training program or event
  • Design online courses and build online communities
  • Manage projects and facilitate group conversations

Estimated Cost (You pay only for courses you enroll in): $5,145–$6,340, depending on choice of electives. | International Tuition Cost
Required Credits: Total Required: 8–9 courses/14 units: Take 3 required courses (4 units), 4–5 elective credit courses (8–9 units), and end with capstone course (2 units) followed by certificate of completion review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 9–12 months.


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Required Course(s):
Cultural Proficiency 2.0
Instructional Design and Delivery, Introduction 1.0 Fall TBD Winter TBD
Learning Theories and Styles 1.0
2. Electives:
Building Online Learning Communities 2.0
Designing Online Instruction 2.0
Designing Training Programs 2.0
Facilitation Skills 2.0
Instructional Needs Assessment and Evaluation 1.5
Introduction to Online Teaching 2.0
Role of the Project Manager 1.5 Spring Flexible
3. Capstone Course:
Instructional Design and Delivery, Practicum 2.0
4. Completion Review:
Instructional Design Certificate Completion Fee None
5. Related Course(s): These Courses Are Not Part of The Certificate Program
Online Learning Design for Beginners 1.0 CEUs

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Once you create your student account, you can establish candidacy in a certificate or specialization program any time during your studies.

The benefits of enrolling early
  • Lock in your certificate requirements.This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you
  • Receive program updates
  • Set your intention
  • It’s free

To complete a program, you must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.

You have five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program or three years to finish up a specialization program.

All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within this window.* The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.


Enrolling in a certificate program does not trigger the beginning of the five-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to a certificate program. The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the five-year timeframe.

For more information: How do I get my certificate or specialization?

* Students participating in a special program, such as workforce, international, Personal Financial Planning, or curriculum partner programs (Udacity, Microfacturing Institutes) may have a shorter completion requirement.

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Grade Requirements

Please note that only letter grades of C- or higher may be applied to a certificate, and in some programs, students may have more stringent requirements. Students in most employer- and government-sponsored payment programs, such as workforce development, as well as international students on F-1 visas, need to maintain a B average to meet their requirements. Personal Financial Planning students have additional grade requirements for individual courses to attain a certificate.

See Grading and Credits Policy for further information.

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