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.

Download the ID Graduate Certificate Handbook



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

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AHE 553 – Adult Learning and Development (4)

AHE 522 – Instructional Technology (1)

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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

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 

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.

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