Instructional Design Graduate Certificate

Earn your Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design online with Oregon State University in only one year. In this fully online program, you’ll gain an understanding of how adults learn and process information and the ability to identify their learning preferences.

Through the use of instructional technology, this program 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).

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The application is open! Please contact [email protected] if you are interested in applying.

Become an Instructional Designer
  • A new cohort begins every fall term.
  • You’ll explore real-world challenges, apply insights that connect research to practice and build your professional network.
  • You can complete this certificate online in one year without having to disrupt your career.
  • All classes are developed and taught by OSU's renowned faculty and instructors who bring real-world experience with instructional design and instructional technology to the classroom.
  • All credits earned in this graduate certificate are transferrable to OSU's online master’s degree (Ed.M.) in adult and higher education. The Ed.M. can be completed in only three additional terms.
  • No prior experience is required. (ie. students do not need to know how to use specific programs or applications prior to joining).


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Average number of students per class

1 year

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What to Expect

Content will cover instructional technology, adult learning theory, needs assessment, instructional design, and instructional strategies.

Classes are fully online and asynchronous. Courses run 10-weeks + finals week. The program can be completed in one year.  

Students who have graduated from this program are prepared for career titles such as: Instructional designers, e-learning support specialists, instructional specialists, and technical trainers.

All classes transfer to the EdM in Adult & Higher Education, which can be completed in 3 additional terms. Contact [email protected] if you are interested in this opportunity.

In addition to the Graduate School requirements, the program requests a resume and writing sample. The GRE is not required for admission. 

Writing sample prompt:

  • Equity: Our program has a focus on equity across all of our courses. Based on either your current or future workplace, how do you define equity within training and learning?
  • What is one equity issue you would like to be better prepared to address in your career as a result of completing this program?

A new cohort of students will begin Fall term. The priority deadline for the program is June 15th. Applications accepted after this date will be reviewed on a space available basis.

Supporting you throughout your degree

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Over 40 scholarships just for College of Education students.


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Why Choose OSU?

Ranked in the top 1% of research universities in the world, OSU produces more research than any other university in Oregon. OSU is known for its real-world connections, turning your experience into hands-on opportunities to make a difference in the world.


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OSU's commitment to inclusive excellence is everywhere.

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I liked that this program was completely online through one of the top online programs, Ecampus. The program fits nicely with my busy lifestyle...
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