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Instructional Design Professional Certificate Updated


Online Teaching Knowledge and Skills

The Professional Instructional Design Certificate (PIDC) is designed to build your online teaching knowledge and skills. Increasingly, higher education is requiring online teaching skills and experience as a prerequisite for faculty; K12 is following this trend and industry has long been at the forefront of integrating online instruction into their training systems. The PIDC is offered in a 100% online format to optimize flexibility and convenience for participants from a broad geographic area with diverse professional experiences and widely varying schedules. The program serves individuals with the desire to transition into or expand their knowledge of instructional design applied to online learning. It is designed for individuals from a diversity of backgrounds who seek to design instruction for their specific area of expertise as well as those who wish to focus on online learning in general in order to pursue some of the innumerable opportunities in government, education and industry. The program prepares participants to design and develop theory-driven instructional materials and strategies for online learning environments. The Professional Instructional Design Certificate provides individuals with the knowledge, skills and experiences to work independently and collaboratively as leaders in their field.

Completion of the program earns participants 14 semester hours of graduate credit, which up to 12 hours can be applied as progress toward a Master of Education in Computer Education and Technology degree or up to 8 hours may be used toward meeting requirements of the doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Technology degree at Ohio University. (note: Applicants to these degree programs must meet all requirements for acceptance.)
Applicants should submit an online application, official transcripts, and the $35 application fee. Classes begin at the beginning of each semester (including summer).
Individuals interested in applying should contact Dr. David Richard Moore, Certificate Coordinator, at Individuals are encouraged to apply early as positions are limited.

The certificate consists of 14 graduate hours completed in two semesters.

Principles of Instructional Design

This course introduces instructional design principles and process. Students will survey different instructional theories and their associated methods. The course addresses how to analyze, implement and evaluate instructional experiences, particularly those delivered or mediated through digital communication and interaction technology, with an emphasis on assessment and evaluation strategies. Strategies for instructing declarative, conceptual, and procedural knowledge are covered. A new component of instructional design is addressed each week leading to a final project demonstrating students’ abilities

Advanced Topics in Instructional Design

This course presents instructional design from a management perspective. Project management will be addressed as students employ knowledge of the instructional design process to develop, evaluate and revise project plans for education and training scenarios. Timeline, cost, resource management and scope will be points of focus. Students will learn strategies for implementing and managing change.

Adult Learning in Online Environments

This course addresses adult learning theory and implications for instructional strategies for adults, particularly in mediated environments. Principles of andragogy will inform the selection and development of materials, resources, activities and assessment tools for an online course development project. Distance education theory and practice and social presence for learning will be addressed. Ethical and legal uses of copyrighted materials in e-learning environments will be discussed along with accessibility issues that affect the development of online instruction. The impact of learner differences (e.g., culture/race, abilities, gender, age, socioeconomic status, and family influences) in the delivery of e-learning for adults will also be discussed.

Special Topics Workshops

Four special topics workshops will be offered during the second semester of the series. These workshops are 4 weeks long and are worth 1 semester of credit each. The focus of these workshops will vary in order to cover relevant and timely topics of interest to members of the cohort. Topics will be announced prior to the enrollment period. Participants are required to select 2 workshops in order to complete the certificate, but may opt to take more if desired.


Click here to apply (you will need to apply in a Non-degree status by selecting the Professional Instructional Design Certificate ND8164 program code). Please note: Recommendation letters are not a requirement for admission to the Instructional Design Professional Series. 
For more information about tuition and fees, visit the Office of the Bursar site.