The coursework in Oregon State’s online, 20-credit Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design focuses on proven and emerging instructional strategies, providing knowledge you can immediately apply in the workplace.

The certificate curriculum is guided by the Academy of Human Resource Development standards. You’ll learn from faculty who teach instructional design courses related to adult education and professional training and bring real-world experience to the classroom.

For complete curriculum details, please visit Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Required courses (20 credits)

Each new cohort of students begins in fall term and will follow this course plan:

Pathway to a master's degree in adult and higher education

Credits you earn in this graduate certificate are transferrable to OSU's online master’s degree (Ed.M.) in adult and higher education. Successful completion of the certificate or its courses does not guarantee admission to the Ed.M. program.


  • AHE 553 – Adult Learning and Development (4)
  • AHE 522 – Instructional Technology (1)



  • AHE 533 – Needs Assessment and Research (4)
  • AHE 523 – Instructional Technology II (1)



  • AHE 531 – Instructional Design (4)
  • AHE 524 – Instructional Technology III (1)



  • AHE 547 – Instructional Strategies for Adult Learners (4)
  • AHE 525 – Instructional Technology IV (1) 


Learning Outcomes

1. Apply learning theories through the use of instructional technology

2. Evaluate the diverse needs and characteristics of adult learners

3. Create educational and training opportunities in diverse settings


Skill development

As a student in this program, you'll gain a broad skill set that you'll be able to flex in a professional capacity. 

  • Apply models and frameworks in design
  • Integrate new software  
  • Write instructional documentation
  • Design visual elements 
  • Align assets to instructional or training goals
  • Evaluate analytics in decision-making
  • Train and teach others
  • Test and troubleshoot digital content and tools
  • Creatively solve teaching and learning challenges
  • Advocate for student-centered and inclusive design 


For more information, contact

Lindsay Andrews
Adult & Higher Education Program Lead
[email protected] 
(541) 737-3574