Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design

Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design

A collaborative certificate between the University of Maine, the University of Maine Farmington, and the University of Southern Maine.

The online Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design helps students become leaders in the theory and practice of designing and assessing effective instructional design. Students will gain skills to enhance their own capacity for delivering instruction, their ability to work with others who are designing for instruction, and in project management and collaborative work environments. Students will also practice effective strategies for coaching and peer mentoring to help motivate and encourage local capacity building.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of instructional design concepts, theories, and principles
  • Students will assess instructional design in varied contexts utilizing relevant concepts, theories, and practices of instructional design
  • Utilize relevant concepts, theories, and practices of instructional design
  • Design and build original instructional content and services informed by instructional design concepts, theories, and principles
  • Develop project management, coaching, and mentoring skills to support independent and collaborative work
  • Demonstrate mastery of evidence-based and audience-specific approaches to instruction

Students’ Experience Earning Their Instructional Design Certificate Online


Curriculum

Core Courses

The following courses are required and taken in the order listed below (12 credits):

  • EDT 540: Instructional Design and Project Management (3 credits)
  • EDT 541: Advanced Instructional Design (3 credits) 
  • EDT 542: Supporting Technology Integration through Professional Development and Coaching (3 credits) 
  • EDT 543: Practicum in Instructional Design (3 credits)

Admissions

The program starts during the summer term. Applications must be submitted by May 1. 

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Application Materials

When you are ready to apply, please first review the application instructions. Then submit the following:

  • Online application
  • Official academic transcripts from all institutions attended

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Contact Us

Have questions about earning your Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design online with UMaine? Contact Todd Cooley, UMaineOnline Advisor, at 207.581.3072 or at todd.cooley@maine.edu.

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Careers

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment for instructional coordinators is projected to grow 10% from 2020 to 2030 with about 20,400 jobs opening each year. The median annual wage for instructional coordinators was $66.970 in May 2020, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $41,950.

As of February 2022, it’s estimated that 90% of our students are employed in jobs where they’re using the skills developed by earning this certificate after graduation.

Other careers this certificate supports include:

  • E-Learning Instructional Designer 
  • Instructional Learning Analyst 
  • Curriculum Designer
  • Training Specialist
  • Project Manager 

Notable Companies Employing Current Students and Alumni

  • The University of Vermont Medical School
  • Harvard Business School
  • The Jackson Lab
  • Maine School Districts 

Faculty

Our collaborative model expands access to the best faculty from 3 campuses – the University of Maine, the University of Maine Farmington, and the University of Southern Maine. You’ll learn from faculty who are experienced in using technology to transform learning and are passionate about online education.

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