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Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design

Drexel University School of Education

The Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design prepares students to apply the principles, theories, models, tools, and techniques of systematic instructional design in diverse organizational settings. The instructional design certificate program at Drexel University's School of Education addresses the needs of the millennial learner and collaborative, networked communities.  Students are encouraged to integrate their professional experiences and engage co-learners from other environments in their explorations.

Ideal candidates for this program come from varied professional backgrounds and are seeking careers that utilize the systematic design and development of effective instruction either in physical facilities, online, or blended environments. This includes individuals preparing to be professional instructional designers, teachers, and other learning design professionals for PK-20 education, adult education, and workplace training.

What Can a Certificate in Instructional Design Do For You?

Students who successfully complete the Certificate in Instructional Design will be able to:

  • create effective learning artifacts using a variety of media and methods including social media via mobile devices.
  • design an effective instructional development plan that meets the needs of various stakeholders.
  • design and integrate virtual community processes into learning environments.
  • design effective learning experiences for online and blended students using tools and methods specific to these environments.
  • collaborate with and lead a team of talented contributors to create an instructional product resulting in an effective and efficient outcome.
  • apply knowledge from the quickly evolving field of learning science to the design process.
  • create effective technology-enhanced instruction that includes analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation.
  • recognize and adapt learning environments, tools, methods, and strategies to engage and optimize learning for disabled populations.
  • negotiate an effective instructional design and development initiative that meets the needs of a real client.
  • plan, develop, evaluate, and manage the rapid design/development of effective instructional materials.

How Long Does It Take To Earn A Certificate in Instructional Design?

  • Instructional Delivery: Online
  • Calendar Type: Quarter
  • Expected Time to Completion: 2 years
  • Number of Credits to Completion: 27.0

Course descriptions may be found in the Drexel University Course Catalog.

What are the Requirements to Earn a Certificate in Instructional Design?

Admissions Criteria

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)

Required Documents

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
  • Personal Statement (500 - 750 words) describing your interest in the program. Specifically:
    • How the program relates to your previous educational and professional activities
    • If changing course, why you are moving in this new direction with your educational goals
    • How the program relates to your current line of work
    • How you plan to apply the program to your future goals
  • Additional requirements for International Students
The total requirement for the Instructional Design Certificate is 27 graduate credits. Should a student decide to continue his/her education, course credits can be applied toward the MS in Learning Technologies.

Who is Eligible to Earn a Certificate in Instructional Design?

  • Certificate Level: Graduate
  • Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
  • Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

How Do I Apply to Earn a Certificate in Instructional Design?

The Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design is taught 100% online. Students can get started by filling out the Drexel Online Application.