Online Instructional Design Graduate Certificate

Become an Instructional Designer


Graduate certificate designed for professionals interested in enhancing their skills, developing focused competency in instructional design or switching careers.


Tuition and Financial Aid


How much will it cost?

2014-2015: $415 per semester hour graduate credit ($1245 per course)
There is no registration fee and no program application.

E-textbooks are provided in the first two courses.
 
Tuition for the fall classes is due on September 16 and October 16, 2014. Tuition for the spring classes is due on February 8, 2015 and March 10, 2015;

Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.

Will I need to purchase software?

No software purchase is required. Software is available for every experience level as free 30-day downloads. 

For your portfolio project, you will use SCORM compliant multimedia software that you download, or have used previously or that your organization uses such as Udutu, Captivate, or Articulate Storyline. 

While no one can become a multimedia developer over night, you will gain hands-on experience with industry leading software to develop computer-based training, learning objects, and eLearning products.

Do I need to apply for admission to the university's graduate program?

No, students who are enrolling for professional development and continuing education do not need to apply for graduate admission to the university.

Is financial aid available?

No financial aid is available for students who are enrolling for the certificate program only.

NOTE: If you plan to apply the certificate graduate credits as electives for your specialization area in the Master of Science in Education graduate degree or as electives in the Master of Science in Career and Technical Education (MSCTE) degree, then you are required to complete an application to the Graduate School. You may qualify for financial assistance if you are enrolled in a graduate degree program and registered for a minimum of five (5) credits per term.

Registration


When can I start and how do I register online?

Register online now to reserve your spot in the first course that begins on January 5, 2015. (The August session is filled.)

This program is very popular; courses fill early, and registration closes when the course is full.


Is there a program application or fee to apply to the certificate program?

No

When is the registration deadline?

Registration is available until each session is filled or two weeks before the course begins.



Online Course Sequence


Prerequisite: Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

Course 1: EDUC 765 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design

Course 2: EDUC 766 Instructional Strategies and Assessment Methods

Course 3: EDUC 767 Designing Computer-Based Training (CBT)

Course 4: EDUC 768 Project Management for Instructional Development

How long does it take to complete the instructional design certificate?

Each course is 8 weeks. The fall 2014 session is filled.

Begin January 2015 and complete the certificate in 8 months.
EDUC 765 January 5 - February 27, 2015
EDUC 766 March 2 - April 24, 2015
EDUC 767 May 4 - June 26, 2015
EDUC 768 June 29 - August 21, 2015

Begin May 2015 and complete the certificate in 8 months.
EDUC 765 May 4 - June 26, 2015
EUDC 766 June 29 - August 21, 2015
EDUC 767 August 24 - October 16, 2015
EDUC 768 October 19 - December 11, 2015

It's possible to skip a term or two between courses if that works better than taking the courses back to back every term. Each course is offered three times per year.

Participation Expectations

How will I create an ePortfolio?

Students may use Weebly, Wix, Google Sites, WordPress or other method to showcase their skills and knowledge. The ePortfolio is a major asset during the job search process. Students are encouraged to provide a link to their ePortfolio in the cover letter and at the beginning of the resume.

Will I receive a certificate document to include with my resume?

Yes, upon completion of all four online courses, you will receive an official certificate from the university, in addition to the 12 graduate credits on your University of Wisconsin-Stout transcript.


Job Opportunities


Where can I find instructional design job listings and hiring trends?

Visit our online University of Wisconsin-Stout Instructional Design Career Center to review job search strategies, networking tips, resume and eportfolio suggestions, volunteer opportunities and freelancing advice.


Job Outlook


2014 Global eLearning Salary & Compensation Infographic (PDF)

2014 Global eLearning Salary & Compensation Report 

The Worldwide Market for Self-paced eLearning Products and Services: 2011-2016 Forecast and Analysis (PDF)


Does UW-Stout provide a professional network for instructional design students?

Yes, all instructional design students who are currently enrolled or recently graduated are invited to join our LinkedIn E-learning and Instructional Design Group.


Frequently Asked Questions


How will a certificate help me?

You may include your ID certificate courses on your resume and LinkedIn profile as an indication of your commitment to upgrading skill sets, acquiring new skills and extending your knowledge. Your online ePortfolio will showcase your certificate projects demonstrating your instructional design knowledge, expertise and competencies.

"... for students balancing the jobs they must have with the advanced education they desire – a situation faced by most students today – completing a certificate can be the most direct path to career success."
~ The Certificate Solution

Are online courses open to veterans and military service members?

Yes, we encourage Department of Defense staff, veterans, military service members, and retired military  working at the graduate level to join our program. UW-Stout was selected as a Military Friendly School, and this honor places us in the top 15 percent of all schools nationwide.

Contact our Veteran Services staff with questions about educational benefits.

What is instructional design?

Instructional Design  (ID) is the systematic approach to determining the need for instruction, designing and developing objectives, content, and assessments around that need, and evaluating the effectiveness of your design in relationship to instruction.

Our program models best practices in the field by teaching learners how to design effective instruction for instructor led or web-based delivery through the alignment of appropriate instructional strategies and assessments.

This process can be helpful whether you are starting from scratch or redesigning (improving) existing instruction.

The program also introduces strategies for developing computer-mediated training and matching technology tools to instructional problems. Finally, students learn skills for managing the instructional design process whether they are responsible for one project or multiple.


Program Benefits


In this four-course online program, you will learn the skills necessary to develop self-paced e-learning products, print materials, computer-based training, courses, workshops, webinars, orientations and tutorials ... or redesign (improve) existing curriculum and instruction for just-in-time delivery and electronic performance support systems (EPSS).

  • Eight-week online courses
  • Apply project management skills to instructional development
  • Focus on real-world projects and build your e-portfolio to aid in job searches
  • Career Services offers current students and alumni access to job preparation services
  • Taught by currently practicing instructional designers
  • Credits may apply as electives in the Master of Science in Education or the Master of Science in Career and Technical Education (MSCTE) graduate degrees at University of Wisconsin-Stout.
  • Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools (NCA) and the  United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

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Our Students Say...

" I did a lot of research comparing different ID programs across the country, and I am grateful that I found this program. It truly has been a rewarding experience, and everything that I have learned is so relevant."
~ Nicole Michelon, Norfolk, Virginia

 

"Within 60 days of finishing the program, I had three interviews for ID positions. I have accepted and started one of the positions."

"In my recent meeting with (Subject Matter Experts) SMEs, I knew what questions to ask regarding learning objectives and desired outcomes and was also able to provide some initial resources and answer SME questions regarding possible activities/design and setting dates for piloting course, etc.

At an industrial meeting, I was the only one in the group that was able to calculate correctly the length of time needed to complete a project and its various aspects in a test simulation."

"I felt very well-prepared for both meetings due to my UW-Stout training."
~ Julie Kling, Ed.D. Lakeside Marblehead, Ohio

 

"I just want to say a big THANK YOU for this wonderful series of courses that you have designed. They are so incredibly helpful. I feel far more confident and sure of what I am designing."
~- Beverly Vaillancourt, La Valle, Wisconsin

"These eight months just flew by. You are great teachers, and I would like to wish the UW-Stout ID Certificate program many good years and many great students – from Russia, too, as I will obviously recommend and promote you. I have learned ALL THAT I HAD HOPED TO LEARN in this program, and I am off to new heights now!"
~ Mikhail Morozov, St. Petersburg, Russia

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