Instructional Design Certificate

Instructional design is the art and science of creating instruction for learners in a systematic manner that leads to maximum knowledge transfer.
Degree Type Certificate
Careers and Salary Certificate Outcomes
Delivery Online

Start or advance your career as an Instructional Designer, Content Developer, Instructional Technologist, Elearning Designer and Project Manager, Training and Learning Developer or Coordinator, and many other positions in both for-profit and non-profit organizations.


100% of coursework is online - work around your schedule

Program Highlights

  • Four required courses
  • Complete the certificate in nine months or within three years
  • Courses begin three times each year - spring, summer, and fall.
  • Graduates who complete this certificate work in many different organizations:
    • Technical and community colleges and universities
    • Business and industry
    • Department of Defense
    • State and local government
    • Trade associations
    • Educational publishing companies
    • Healthcare 
    • Retail and wholesale distribution
    • Insurance
    • Marketing
    • Manufacturing
    • Travel and hospitality
    • Telecommunications
    • Self-employed and freelance
  • Credits earned can be applied toward UW-Stout's Master of Science in Education or as electives in the Master of Science in Career and Technical Education (MSCTE) degree.

Key Learning Outcomes

You will learn how to:

  • design effective instruction for any delivery method
  • align instructional activities and assessments
  • utilize computer-based training and match technology tools to instructional problems
  • evaluate the effectiveness of instructional design
  • manage the complete instructional design process
  • tap into career and volunteer instructional design network opportunities

Learn about tuition, registration deadline, course sequence and more.

Student Testimonials

"Working at Google is awesome! I have been so happy with the ID education I received from Stout as I prepared for this job. Going through the entire process in a case study in the Project Management course gave me so much insight into what we are doing in my current position. We do a lot of ILT and soon blended learning courses using all documents covering ADDIE. Thank you so much for helping me prepare for this!"
~ Kathleen Bagmanov, San Francisco, California

"Thank you for prepping me for the interviews. I have been hired by Aurora Health Care System as an Instructional Designer in the area of medical coding."
~ Karen Pizur, Muskego, Wisconsin

"What a great experience! Although I am in my same job, I have been able to take on some additional responsibilities related to instructional design. I know my new project would not have come my way without this certificate program. I am in the midst of developing training guides, webinar sessions, and videos to help educate the field, who are spread all across the nation."
~Amy DeMage, Lees Summit, Missouri

"I feel like a sweepstakes winner after completing this certificate. I received not only a promotion, a bump in pay, and I've been tasked to change our Computer Education group (2 people) into an instructional design group that creates training sessions for staff, faculty, and graduate students. I would not have been able to achieve this without the four courses in this certificate program."
~ Keith Thompson, Taunton, MA

" I did a lot of research comparing different ID programs across the country, and I am grateful that I found this program."
~ Nicole Michelon, Norfolk, Virginia

"I got a job ... a great job as an instructional designer, and it is all because of you. I have accepted a position with a prestigious federal employer. Wow, I never would have had the confidence to pursue this position without your invisible support."
~ Cally Mervine, Sheboygan, Wisconsin

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

~ Julie Kling, Ed.D. Lakeside Marblehead, Ohio


Certificate Requirements

The certificate is an alternative credential for individuals seeking to obtain new knowledge and skills.
Required Courses

UW-Stout offers professional development certificate programs in addition to its traditional majors and minors to meet the needs of those who wish to obtain additional knowledge and skills needed for personal growth and professional advancement.

While not a substitute for a degree or diploma, the certificate is an alternative credential for individuals seeking to obtain new knowledge and skills or to update their knowledge and skills in a specific area. Typically, a certificate is earned by completing a set of limited, well-defined learning outcomes focused on new or emerging processes or new knowledge and principles applied to practical problems or issues.

Students may enroll in the certificates as a stand-alone program or in addition to their graduate [G] major. Undergraduate students are ineligible for graduate-level [G] certificate programs.

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