Professional Certificate in Instructional Design (PIND)
This graduate certificate provides a strong foundation in instructional design as well as the tools and perspective needed for flexible career paths and continuing professional development in the field. It will prepare students to become generalist instructional designers who are equipped to work in a variety of fields and professional settings, including both education and business environments. It provides a breadth of foundational knowledge and skills in different areas, rather than a focus on a narrower area of specialization within the field, such as learning technologies. It will prepare instructional designers to work with technical specialists as well as subject matter experts and allow them to develop more specialized interests as they grow in their profession.
This certificate builds upon a four-course, twelve-credit hour Foundations of Instructional Design Certificate (FIND) and courses can be applied toward the MPS in Instructional Design. The Professional Certificate in Instructional Design* can also be paired with a master’s degree in another field to qualify a candidate to be hired as an instructional designer.
|Total Number of Courses||6|
|Total Number of Credit Hours||
18 credit hours
|Start Term & Time to Completion||
Students will start the certificate in Fall I (August) and take 1 course each 8-week session for six sessions completing the certificate in 1.25 years.
Courses offered in 8-week sessions in a fully online format with evening synchronous meetings.
Online. This certificate is completed fully online.
|Application and Admission Requirements||
The six graduate-level courses in the Professional Certificate in Instructional Design can be applied toward the MPS in Instructional Design. Students must complete the certificate and then may apply for admission into the MPS program.
CIEP 470 Principles of Instructional Design (pre-requisite for all courses)
INDN 420 Theories and Models of Instructional Design
INDN 421 Design and Development of Instructional Materials
CIEP 488 Participatory Action Research in Teaching, Learning, and Communities
INDN 440 Application of Human-Centered Design Principles
INDN 430 Performance and Improvement in Organizations OR
INDN 431 Fundamentals of Learning Analytics
Upon successful completion of the Foundations of Instructional Design certificate, candidates will be able to:
- Utilize instructional design processes and appropriate theoretical approaches to design effective and innovative learning experiences.
- Employ a variety of technologies and multimedia authoring tools to produce instructional materials.
- Adapt instructional design processes to a professional setting (K-12 schools, corporate organizations, higher education institutions.)
- Manage the iterative lifecycle of instructional design projects progressing from conception to implementation to revision.
- Apply culturally responsive and ethical practices that engage diverse communities and promote social justice.
- Conduct research designed to inform practice and stay abreast of emerging trends in the field of instructional design.
For more information
Contact us at email@example.com or 312-915-6501 to schedule a meeting with one of our admissions counselors.
Course descriptions are available on LOCUS
Select the “Search for Classes” link found below the sign-in area. Choose “Browse the Course Catalog” link to search for a course and view the description.
Course Rotation Schedules
Please use the course rotation schedules below as a guide to plan out when you will take future classes. We will make every attempt to adhere to this schedule but please understand that scheduling is subject to change.