Graduate Certificate in IDT: Design and Development

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  • 100% online
  • 4 courses 
  • Complete in 2 semesters
  • Built for working professionals
  • Begin during Spring or Fall Semesters
  • Courses also count towards IDT MS and EdD degree programs
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The graduate certificate in Design and Development prepares you to work as an instructional designer in business, government, military, non-profit and healthcare settings. In this certificate program, you will study user experiences; goal, objective and skills development; and message and graphic design as you develop and assess multimedia-rich learning solutions.

Regardless of your background, there is a place for you in our certificate program! Many designers happen upon the profession from varied career paths (e.g., art, business, communication, computer science, education, English, graphic design, healthcare, psychology, sociology). 

This program prepares professionals for the following careers:

  • Instructional designer
  • Trainer
  • Learning experience designer
  • Learning engineer
  • User experience designer
  • Multimedia developer
  • Performance support specialist


This fully online certificate program consists of 4 courses (12-credit hours) that can be completed in two semesters! Courses from this graduate certificate apply towards our MS and EdD programs in Instructional Design and Technology.

Program of Study

Course Title
IDT 7060 Message Design 
IDT 7070 Instructional Design Process I
IDT 7080 Learning Experience Design
IDT 7090 Developing Interactive Learning Environments I

Suggested Timeline

Fall Spring
IDT 7070 IDT 7060
IDT 7090 IDT 7080

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Students in this online degree 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.