Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design

This program is not only for educators, whether you work for a corporation, the government, military, or non-profit organizations the skill set you will gain from this program will help you effectively train others in the workplace. Human resource employees for example, such as onboarding specialists and training managers, will gain the needed skills to develop training learning experiences. 

Want to advance your teaching career? With the tools you will gain through Jacksonville University’s online graduate certificate you will be ready to help students think more effectively and also design more successful learning programs.

If you work in the education or training industry this is the perfect program to help you land a job as an instructional designer.

 If you don't have a master's degree yet, you might be interested in the Master of Science in Leadership & Learning with a concentration in Instructional Leadership, Training, and Development (ILTD).        

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Why choose our program?

The Instructional Design graduate certificate at Jacksonville University:

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real work experience Certificate is only 12 credit hours and can be finished in eight months

flag Does not require the GRE or GMAT

three people Employs certified instructional designers to teach you

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Key Dates

Fall classes begin August 2020.


Contact:  Dr. Stephanie James ( )


Admission Requirements 

  • Undergraduate degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution
  • Copy of résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional goals statement (250 words)
  • 3.0 GPA

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Theory and practical skills are needed in today's workforce. The Instructional Design certificate blends both worlds.

  • EDL 563, Instructional Design 1: This foundational course takes a practical application approach to the systematic process of instructional design. Topics covered include needs assessment, learner analysis, and task analysis. Three credits. (Prerequisite: Admission to the certificate program in Instructional Design)
  • EDL 564, Instructional Design 2: Learning theories and strategies for learning germane to the knowledge base of instructional designers will be explored. This course will emphasize the use of these strategies to design learning experiences for face-to-face, blended, and online environments.  Three credits. (Prerequisite: EDL 563)
  • EDL 565, Instructional Design 3: Building on foundations of Instructional Design 1 and 2, this course will use case studies to extend learner knowledge and skill in instructional design with a focus on ID models, problem-solving of instructional design and human performance problems, and instructional design decision-making. The team-approach in ID, pertinent leadership skills, and project management in instructional design will be explored. Three credits. (Prerequisite: EDL 564)
  • EDL 566, E-Learning Leadership: This course will center on designing, developing and leading e-learning programs and projects. In this course, learners will develop a culminating project for the Instructional Design certificate. Three credits. (Prerequisite: EDL 565)