Online Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology

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Program at a Glance

  • Focus on the design, development, and evaluation of instructional materials and programs, and the use of technology in the delivery of educational services.
  • Learn from faculty who are experienced instructional designers and instructional technologists.
  • Apply your certificate credits toward a Purdue Global master’s degree.
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We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

Course Effort
20 Hours per Week
Course Length
6-Week Sessions
Average Completion
6 months
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
20
(13 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
$420
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Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology Overview

Purdue Global’s online certificate in instructional design and technology helps you develop skills you can use to create new curricula to meet the demands of a changing society and the needs of new generations of students. Credits you earned in this certificate program can apply toward a Purdue Global master’s degree in instructional technology.*

Courses in the online instructional design certificate:

  • Build your skills in design, development, and evaluation of educational and informational programs, materials, and media in higher education, corporate, military, government, and nonprofit environments.
  • Incorporate active, applied learning experiences that help you master technical, pedagogical, and project and program management skills.

If you currently work in the field of instructional design, you will be able to apply many of the principles and skills you learn immediately in your daily work.

Academic Alliances to Expand Your Teaching Opportunities

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is pleased to announce a partnership with Promise Opens Doors, an organization that offers an online certificate program for educators interested in working abroad and helping others learn English.

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

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Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC (HLCommission.org) is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required to enroll in a graduate certificate program. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

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  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

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  • International Tuition Reduction

    International students living outside of the United States are eligible for a 25% tuition reduction.

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What Courses Will I Take?

The four courses that comprise the graduate certificate in instructional design and technology focus on teaching development skills in the areas of technology, pedagogy, and management principles and practices. Each course is 5 quarter credits and terms are 6 weeks long.

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Sample Courses
  • Foundations of Instructional Technology
  • Instructional Design
  • Design and Development Tools
  • Multimedia Development and Implementation

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
    20
  • Total Credits
    20

Career Opportunities in Instructional Design and Technology

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, national long-term job growth for training and development managers is expected to grow faster than average between 2020 and 2030. Job growth for instructional coordinators is also expected to increase in the same period.

The Graduate Certificate Instructional Design and Technology can be the first step to earning your master’s degree in instructional technology at Purdue Global, which prepares you for positions focusing on the design, development, and evaluation of educational and informational programs and instructional materials.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Instructing
  2. Learning Strategies
  3. Reading Comprehension
  4. Active Listening
  5. Writing

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional training or experience may be required.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 50% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 237 Faculty publications in 2020–2021
student at desk icon More Than 36,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2020–2021

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, September 2021. 2020–2021 academic year.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Instructional Coordinators, www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/instructional-coordinators.htm, and Training and Development Managers, www.bls.gov/ooh/management/training-and-development-managers.htm. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.