Instructional Design Certificate Overview

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Nine Month Fast Track Option to a Graduate Certificate

Graduate certificate for professionals interested in developing focused competency in instructional design or shifting your career in a different direction.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

How much will it cost?

  • Summer 2018: $441 per semester hour graduate credit ($1,323 per course)
  • No registration fee to reserve a class
E-textbooks are provided in some of the courses. 
Tuition is the same for Wisconsin residents, out-of-state and international students.

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?

UW-Stout Office of Financial Aid
You may qualify for financial assistance if you are enrolled in a Master's degree program for at least five (5) graduate credits in a semester.
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, complete an application to the Graduate School.
Stout University Foundation sponsors scholarships for graduate students.


How do I apply online?

When is the registration deadline?

Reserve your spot now. This program is very popular; courses fill early.
Registration closes when the enrollment maximum is reached. If a class is full, you may request that your name is placed on a waiting list.

Will the instructional design course credits apply to a Master's degree?

Yes, only 7 additional classes are required to obtain your Master of Science in Education graduate degree.

May I enroll in the instructional design courses if I have already completed a Master's degree?

Yes, you may enroll in the courses to meet your goals for
  • professional development
  • a continuing education refresher course
  • license renewal
  • graduate credits to apply for salary advancement
  • transfer to another university.

Nine Month Fast Track Option

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

Course Sequence

Completion of each course is the prerequisite for the next course. 
Each course is three semester hours graduate credit.
Successful completion with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in each course within the certificate course sequence is required for registration in the next class.

Course 1: EDUC 765 Trends and Issues in Instructional Design
Course 4: EDUC 768 Project Management for Instructional Development

The fall 2017 session is filled. Register soon for the next term to reserve a spot.

It is possible to skip a term or two between courses if that works better than taking the courses back to back every term. However, the courses must be taken in sequence.

Participation Expectations

Job Outlook

Where can I find instructional design job listings, hiring trends, networking tips, volunteer opportunities?

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 I create an ePortfolio?

Students may use WeeblyGoogle SitesWordPress or another 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, at the beginning of their resume, and on their LinkedIn profile.

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

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Upon completion of the program, each student is mailed a signed certificate with the University of Wisconsin-Stout official seal titled "Graduate Certificate In Instructional Design.

How will a certificate help me?

  • Add your certificate to your resume and LinkedIn profile. 
  • Use your online portfolio to showcase your new skills, knowledge and competencies to employers.
"... for students balancing the jobs they must have and 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

Will I need to purchase software?

No software purchase is required. The 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 overnight, you will gain hands-on experience with industry-leading software to develop computer-based training, learning objects and eLearning products.

Are online courses open to veterans and military service members?

Yes, we encourage Department of Defense staff, veterans, military service members, and retired military to join our program.
Selected as Best for Vets by Military Times and Military Friendly School by Victory Media
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 any delivery method
  • aligning appropriate instructional activities and assessments
  • teaching computer-based training and matching technology tools to instructional problems
  • providing students the skills for managing the complete instructional design process


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

For More Information...

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Contact Us: School of Education
Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Menomonie, WI 54751
Phone: 715-642-0209

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