Design and Development Certificate

The IDT Certificate in Design and Development prepares you to work as an instructional designer and developer in non-education contexts such as business, government, military, and health care. This four-course certificate has been carefully planned to prepare you to succeed in instructional design and development in these contexts.


Sample Job Opportunities

There are many varied opportunities for work as an instructional designer and developer. For example, here is our IDT job board with over 180 job descriptions in our field. And here are over 20 sites where you can find jobs in instructional design. With the growth of e-learning and online instruction, employment prospects in this field are very positive.

Required Courses

The four courses described below have been planned and sequenced to lead you through a progression of skill development needed to be an effective instructional designer and developer. The course rotation schedule is planned and available so that you can plan when to take the courses. The certificate planning sheet helps you and your advisor document your progress.

Note that some, and in specific cases all, of these hours may apply towards a Master's or doctorate in IDT, as well as many other graduate degrees.

A Grade of A or B must be earned in each class to earn the certificate.

IDT 7060: Message Design (3). Focuses on design and development of media, paper-based and electronic, to support learning; students will create products to solve instructional problems through a survey of various technologies. 

IDT 7070: Instructional Design Process I (3 hours). Applies the instructional design process to conduct a needs assessment that supports the creation of self-paced instructional units addressing performance and learning problems for PK-12 education, business, healthcare, and related learning environments.

IDT 7080: Learning Experience Design (3). Prepares students to understand and apply instructional design principles to evaluate instructional materials that are designed to solve performance and learning problems. Applies the instructional design process to implement and evaluate an instructional unit based on documentation produced.

IDT 7090: Developing Interactive Learning Environments I (3 hours).  Students use instructional design principles and models to develop interactive learning environments. Students learn current development tools to create effective, efficient, and appealing learning environments. 

Tuition and Fees

Students enrolled in completely online programs at the University of Memphis do not pay out-of-state tuition. As this certificate is completely online, IDT students do not pay out-of-state tuition. Visit the Tuition Estimator to begin planning your budget for graduate studies (Select eRate under Resident Status).

You can investigate opportunities for scholarships and financial aid. Graduate assistantships are occasionally available for outstanding students.

Apply and Register for Classes

Students interested in receiving the graduate-level Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology must be admitted to this graduate certificate program.

Note: If you are already enrolled in any degree program, you do not need to complete the application process. Instead, you will need to submit the Academic Program/Semester Update form found on the Graduate School Forms page.

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