Instructional Design Graduate Certificate

Total graduate credits: 20 • Length of program: 1 year

Applications for a Fall 2023 start date are now open! Click here to begin your application.

The art and science of learning design

Help meet the growing demand for professionals with instructional design skills by earning your Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design online with Oregon State University. In the process of completing this one-year certificate, you’ll gain an understanding of how adults learn and process information and the ability to identify their learning preferences.

This graduate certificate is offered by OSU’s College of Education and delivered online by OSU Ecampus, a nationally ranked leader in online education. Through the use of instructional technology, it is designed to provide you with applied skills and knowledge for designing, implementing and assessing educational programs in a variety of formats (in-person, online and hybrid). 


Join a collaborative learning cohort

A new cohort starts each fall term. As an active member of Oregon State’s vibrant online learning community, you’ll explore real-world challenges, apply insights that connect research to practice and build your professional network.


Designed for working professionals

You can complete this certificate online in one year without having to disrupt your career. Apply what you learn in class directly to your organization’s unique learning environment in real time.

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed and taught by OSU's renowned faculty, who are known worldwide for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • All OSU Ecampus students receive the same certificate and transcript as on-campus students.

What is instructional design? An inside look at Oregon State’s online certificate

Lindsay Andrews, program lead and instructional design instructor, shares how the program’s unique learning experiences provide a great pathway to a related career or master’s degree. "Instructional design is the creation of a learning experience. It’s a purposeful approach to learning, placing value not only on what you would like to teach but how you do it."

Read the story

Instructional design career panel

July 2021

View the recording of the Instructional Design Career Panel hosted by Oregon State University’s Adult & Higher Education Ed.M., Instructional Design Graduate Certificate, and Ecampus. This event featured three OSU Ecampus instructional designers discussing their career pathways and providing tips for those entering the field. Read panelist bios.

View recording

Student spotlight

Harry Barrick IV doesn’t just want accessible learning solutions. He wants to create them. So he's pursuing an instructional design graduate certificate online with OSU. 
Read his story


For more information, contact:

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