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Yes 12 credits $439/cr. in-state and $549/cr. out-of-state Deadline April 15th – Summer Semester Start Only None


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Program Requirements (12 credits)

  • EDT 540: Instructional Design and Project Management 3 cr. – offered summer
  • EDT 541: Advanced Instructional Design 3 cr. – offered fall
  • EDT 542: Supporting Technology Integration through Professional Development and Coaching 3 cr. – offered spring
  • EDT 543: Practicum in Instructional Design 3 cr. – offered summer

Please note: a student may complete both certificate programs. To do so, they must apply to each certificate, and complete the associated 12-credits of course work.  A course may not be double counted towards both certificates.

General Overview of the Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design

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

This Graduate Certificate helps students become leaders in the theory and practice of designing and assessing effective instructional design.  Instructional Design is a rapidly growing field, this emerging and competitive job market spans higher education, informal education, and business.

Students in this certificate may be seeking skills to enhance their own capacity for delivering instruction, or their ability to work with others who are designing for instruction.   Additionally, students will gain skills 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.  

The certificate culminates in an applied practica where students will target specific areas for professional growth, and work carefully with the faculty advisor to engage in a full cycle of instructional design.

Online and Engaged

All programs offered through the collaborative Masters in Instructional Technology are 100% online. As a faculty team we have designed the courses to expect a high level of interaction and participation in an on-going format.  Many of our courses utilize synchronous video-conferencing sessions to encourage collaboration, discussion, and peer-networking.  We value the diverse backgrounds of the students in the program and encourage dynamic discussion and peer feedback from these various perspectives to enrich the learning experience. We expect consistent engagement with current research, course readings and online materials, and clear communication with the faculty member.

What students have to say about the Instructional Design Certificate

photo of Crystal French“I chose the UMaine Instructional Design program because it most closely matched my current and future role and because I wanted to become more of an expert in the field of instructional design and technology. Because this program is online, it works for my busy schedule. I work a full-time job, and travel a lot, so having the flexibility to continue my education in a way that works for me has been critical. Although the program is demanding, I have been able to fit the coursework into my busy life. The program faculty have been amazing! I love how engaging and available the instructors have been. We regularly meet virtually and they are always available if I have additional questions or need some extra help.” – Crystal French

photo of Marisa Mendéz-Brady“The Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design program absolutely improved my practice as an academic librarian. Guided by experts in the field of educational technologies and pedagogies, I was able to learn an incredible amount in a condensed time period. In the course of the program I produced several information literacy lesson plans, created an online module for learning citations, developed a peer coaching model that I’m presenting at the American Library Association Annual Conference, and authored an article for a professional journal about how to engage with citations using critical theory. UMaineOnline offered the flexibility for me to pursue these myriad professional projects that advanced my career goals. I am very grateful to the program faculty for providing such enriching experiences that I continue to draw from regularly as Librarian for English and History at the University of California, Los Angeles. I would highly recommend anyone who works at the intersection of technology and education in any context to consider enrolling.” – Marisa Méndez-Brady

How will your story go?

What can I do with a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design?

Instructional technology is fast becoming a challenging and rewarding career move for educators at all levels. Education technology is becoming a mainstay for educational programs across ages and classroom settings. Earning a M.Ed. in Instructional Technology places you at the center of this emerging field.

Students who complete this program will be prepared for careers as

  • Facilitators or directors in education settings as resources for implementing technology in the classroom
  • Instructional designers inside or outside the classroom
  • Developers of instructional materials across a variety of media
  • Curriculum development designers who utilizing education technology
  • Education consulting

The Bureau of Labor statistics projects an increase of 13% for instructional technologists in education between 2012 and 2022.

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