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Professional Instructional Design Certificate



We have designed the Professional Instructional Design Certificate (PIDC) to build your instructional design skills.  Higher education requires instructional design skills and experience to support faculty. K12 is following this trend and industry has long been at the forefront of integrating designed educational experiences into their training systems. We offer the PIDC in a 100% online format to optimize flexibility and convenience for participants from a broad geographic area.  The program serves those who desire to transition into the field of instructional design. We have designed the certificate for individuals from a variety 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. Many certificate holders pursue opportunities in government, education and industry.  The Professional Instructional Design Certificate prepares professionals with the knowledge, skills and experiences to work independently and collaboratively in this fast growing occupuation.

Those interested in job prospects in the instructional design field may benefit from reviewing this report from Intentional Futures. With specific regard to higher education this article may be helpful, The Quest for Great Instructional Designers.

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. Greg Kessler, Program Coordinator, at Individuals are encouraged to apply early as enrollment is limited. 

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 Certificate.

For more information about tuition and fees, visit the Office of the Bursar site


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


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.


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.


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.

Note: The Patton College offers a variety of programs at Ohio University regional campuses and eCampus. All cohort programs and the courses therein are contingent on a specified minimum enrollment of students. Program start dates may be postponed if the minimum enrollment is not reached. This decision will be made no fewer than 30 days prior to the advertised start date.