Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design

Prepare for career opportunities designing, developing, implementing, and evaluating efficient and effective instructional experiences for a variety of settings, including corporate training, military, adult learning, and higher education.

The School of Education and Social Sciences' online graduate certificate in instructional design is designed for the student seeking a certificate in lieu of a more in-depth master's degree. Courses from the certificate program can be applied as credits toward the M.S. Instructional Design program at Saint Leo University.

Courses explore:

  • The systematic design of instruction, including goal analysis, subordinate skills analysis, determining entry behaviors, contexts for learning, performance objectives, formative assessment, summative assessments, and motivational activities
  • Adult learning and workplace education
  • Instructional strategies, including the use of media for teaching and learning, active learning, instructional theories, and best practices for development of both synchronous and asynchronous courses
  • The design, development and implementation of e-learning programs

The curriculum is guided by professional standards in the field, and focuses on the development of specialized skills in the areas of instructional design, learning theory and relevant technology in order to be able to develop curricula for the 21st century learner.


Certificate Requirements

Instructional Design Courses (15 credits)

  • Course
  • Course Name
  • Credits
  • EDU 523 Introduction to Instructional Design 3

    An introduction to the systematic design of instruction. Topics include goal analysis, subordinate skills analysis, determining entry behaviors, contexts for learning, performance objectives, formative assessment, summative assessments, and motivational activities.

  • EDU 543 Advanced Instructional Design 3

    This course is designed to help students explore the fundamentals of the instructional design process, including application of the principles of learning theory and instructional strategies to the instructional design process. Students will analyze, evaluate, and apply the principles of instructional design to develop educational and training materials for the resolution of instructional problems. Learners will engage in a variety of individual as well as team-based learning activities to complete each phase of the instructional design process as well as develop prototype instructional products.

    Prerequisites: EDU 523, EDU 527, EDU 532

  • EDU 527 Adult Learning Theory 3

    This course is designed to give Master of Science in Instructional Design students the opportunity to explore various psychological theories of learning. There will be an emphasis on the application of these theories in adult settings in education, training, and professional development. Using both group and individual projects, the students will gain the ability to apply the principles of instructional design in educational, military, and corporate settings.

  • EDU 532 Instructional Strategies 3

    Applies learning theory to course development. Topics include the use of media for teaching/learning, active learning, instructional theories, and best practices for development of both synchronous and asynchronous courses.

  • EDU 548 e-Learning 3

    This course addresses the complex and multifaceted issues associated with the design, development, and implementation of e-learning programs. Students will explore instructional strategies and tools for development and delivery as well as teaching strategies, and management issues from both the faculty and institutional perspectives.

Total Credits 15