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instructional designExplore over 65 online graduate certificate programs in instructional design, online teaching, e-learning, and related fields in an extensive FREE sortable table.

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Last Updated November 11, 2014

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School Certificate Link Semester Hours Approx. Total Cost $US Application Fee $US App: Transcripts App: Recommendations App: Standardized Test App: Statement of Purpose, etc. App: Resume Related Online Masters Masters Hours Cert. Hours Transfer to Masters Notes
School Certificate Link Semester Hours Approx. Total Cost $US Application Fee $US App: Transcripts App: Recommendations App: Standardized Test App: Statement of Purpose, etc. App: Resume Related Online Masters Masters Hours Cert. Hours Transfer to Masters Notes
Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania eLearning Developers Link 12 8000 30 Official Yes: 3 No Yes: 1-2 pages Yes M.S. in Instructional Technology 33 All transfer Required weekly synchronous meeting. Do not need an undergraduate degree.
Boise State University Workplace E-Learning and Performance Support Link 16 7000 55 Official No No Yes: 500 – 1000 words Yes M.S. in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning 36 All transfer
Boise State University Workplace Instructional Design Link 18 7000 55 Official No No Yes: 500 – 1000 words Yes M.S. in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning 36 All transfer
Boise State University Online Teaching Link 9 3000 55 Official No No Yes: 500 words No M.S. in Educational Technology or Master of
Educational Technology
33 All transfer
California State University - East Bay Online Teaching and Learning Link 12 5000 0 None No No No No M.S. in Education, Option in Online Teaching and Learning 30 All transfer Courses are 4.5 quarter hours ( 3 semester hours) and 5 weeks in length.
Colorado State University - Global Campus Organizational Training and Instructional Design Link 12 6000 25 Official No No No No M.S. in Management or Organizational Leadership
Master of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Admin
Master of Finance
Master of Healthcare Administration and Management
Master of International Management
Master of Project Management
36 All transfer
Colorado State University - Global Campus Online Teaching Link 12 6000 25 Official No No No No M.S. in Organizational Leadership and Master of Science in Management 36 All transfer
East Carolina University Computer-Based Instruction Link 18 15000 70 Official Yes: 3 Yes: GRE or MAT - If undergraduate degree is at least 10 years old with significant experience in the field of study, may be considered for a waiver. No No M.S. in Instructional Technology 36 All transfer Not available to students residing in AL, MA, MN, MD, or OH.
East Carolina University Distance Learning and Administration Link 18 15000 70 Official Yes: 3 Yes: GRE or MAT - If undergraduate degree is at least 10 years old with significant experience in the field of study, may be considered for a waiver. No No M.S. in Instructional Technology 36 All transfer Not available to students residing in AL, MA, MN, MD, or OH.
Eastern Michigan University Educational Media and Technology Link 20 21000 35 Official Yes: 2 No Yes: 1 page No M.A. in Educational Media and Technology 30 All transfer
Fairmont State University Online Learning Link 18 7000 40 Official No Yes: GRE or MAT No No M.Ed. (Online Learning concentration) 36 All transfer
Florida State University Online Instructional Development Link 15 9000 30 Official Yes: 3 Yes: GRE Yes Yes M.S. in Instructional Systems 36 12 hours transfer Tuition and application info based on admission to the M.S. program. Tuition without admission to the M.S. program is approximately $18,000.
George Mason University E-Learning Link 15 18000 65 Official Yes: 3 No Yes: 750 to 1000 words Yes M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology 30 12 hours transfer
George Washington University E-Learning Link 18 12000 75 Unofficial Yes: 2 No Yes: 250 to 500 words Yes M.A. in Education and Human Development (Educational Technology Leadership) 36 All transfer Unofficial transcripts to apply (official needed if admitted)
George Washington University Instructional Design Link 18 12000 75 Unofficial Yes: 2 No Yes: 250 to 500 words Yes M.A. in Education and Human Development (Educational Technology Leadership) 36 All transfer Unofficial transcripts to apply (official needed if admitted)
George Washington University Multimedia Development Link 18 12000 75 Unofficial Yes: 2 No Yes: 250 to 500 words Yes M.A. in Education and Human Development (Educational Technology Leadership) 36 All transfer Unofficial transcripts to apply (official needed if admitted)
George Washington University Training and Educational Technology Link 18 12000 75 Unofficial Yes: 2 No Yes: 250 to 500 words Yes M.A. in Education and Human Development (Educational Technology Leadership) 36 All transfer Unofficial transcripts to apply (official needed if admitted)
Indiana University Instructional Systems Technology Link 15 18000 55 Official Yes: 2 No Yes: 300 to 500 words No M.S.Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology 36 All transfer
James Madison University Educational Technology Link 12 13000 45 None No No No No M.Ed. in Educational Technology 36 All transfer
James Madison University eLearning Link 12 13000 45 None No No No No M.Ed. in Educational Technology 36 All transfer
Jones International University e-Learning Technology and Design: Instructional Design ibstpi® Link 9 5000 0 Official No No No No M.Ed. in e-Learning Technology and Design 30 All transfer For-profit school
Kansas State University Online Course Design Link 14 7000 0 Official Yes: 3 No Yes No M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction 31 9 hours transfer if non-degree student Prerequisite - 3 credit graduate level technology class or EDCI 718 Learning Technologies.
Kaplan University Instructional Design for Organizations Link 14 8000 45 Official No No No No M.S. in Education in Instructional Technology 33 All transfer Certificate is 21 quarter hours. For-profit school. Not available to students residing in KY, MO, and WI. Must interview with an Admissions Advisor.
La Salle University Instructional Technology Management Link 18 12000 0 Official Yes: 2 (optional) No None Yes M.S. in Instructional Technology Management 36 All transfer Requires 3 to 5 years professional experience in corporate training, human resources, information technology or business.
Lenoir-Rhyne University Online Teaching and Instructional Design Link 18 9000 35 Official No Yes: GRE or MAT Yes Yes M.S. in Online Teaching and Instructional Design 33 All transfer Career Admission Track (6 years professional experience) - do not need GRE/MAT, but do need recommendation
North Carolina State University E-Learning Link 15 11000 25 Unofficial No No Yes Yes M.Ed. in Training and Development 36 Up to 12 hours transfer Not available to students residing in MN.
North Carolina State University Training and Development Link 15 11000 25 Official No No Yes Yes M.Ed. in Training and Development 36 Up to 12 hours transfer Not available to students residing in MN.
NY Institute of Technology Instructional Design for Global eLearning Link 18 19000 50 Official No No No No M.S. in Instructional Technology - Trainers 33 All transfer
Ohio University Professional Instructional Design Link 14 7000 35 Official No No No No M.Ed. in Computer Education and Technology (note the Master's program in not fully online) 36 12 hours transfer
Penn State World Campus Distance Education Link 12 9000 65 None Yes: 1 No Yes: 1-2 pages Yes M.Ed. in Adult Education 33 All transfer
Roosevelt University E-Learning Link 15 12000 25 Official No No Yes Yes M.A. in Training and Development 36 All transfer
Roosevelt University Instructional Design Link 15 12000 25 Official No No Yes Yes M.A. in Training and Development 36 All transfer
Roosevelt University Training and Development Link 15 12000 25 Official No No Yes Yes M.A. in Training and Development 36 All transfer
Saint Leo University Instructional Design Link 15 6000 80 Official Yes: 2 Yes: GRE or MAT unless earned a 3.0 or higher GPA in last 60 credit hours of upper division work. Yes: 250 words Yes M.S. in Instructional Design 36 All transfer Resume must demonstrates 5 years of progressively responsible professional work experience.
San Diego State University Distance Education Link 12 5000 55 Official No Yes: GRE No No M.A. in Learning Design & Technology 30 Classes do not count for MA if certificate awarded (possible 3 hours transfer) Need at least 3 years of experience in distance, open or extended education, training, human resources development or a related field. Approval from Dept. chair is required before you apply for the certificate.
San Diego State University Instructional Design Link 18 8000 55 Official No Yes: GRE No No M.A. in Learning Design & Technology 30 Up to 9 hours transfer
San Diego State University - Open University Instructional Technology Link 15 7000 0 None No No No No M.A. in Learning Design & Technology 30 9 hours transfer
St. Cloud State University Design for E-Learning Link 12 6000 40 Unofficial Yes No Yes No M.S. in Information Media Program (Instructional Design and Training) 39 All transfer Requires a prerequisite course or a portfolio review.
St. Cloud State University Instructional Technology Link 12 6000 40 Unofficial Yes No Yes No M.S. in Information Media Program (Instructional Design and Training) 39 All transfer
University of Arizona South Instructional Design and Technology Link 15 23000 75 Official Yes: 2 No Yes: 200-300 words and a 500 word No M.S. in Educational Technology 36 All transfer
University of Central Florida E-Learning Link 15 11000 31 Official No No No No M.A. in Instructional Design and Technology 39 All transfer Not available to students residing in AL, AR, MD, or MN.
University of Central Florida Instructional Design for Simulations Link 15 11000 31 Official No No No No M.A. in Instructional Design and Technology 39 All transfer Not available to students residing in AL, AR, MD, or MN.
University of Central Florida e-Learning Professional Development Link 15 18000 30 Official No No No No M.A. in Instructional Design and Technology 39 All transfer Not available to students residing in AL, AR, MD, or MN.
University of Florida Instructional Design Link 12 7000 30 Official No No No No M.Ed. in Instruction and Curriculum 36 9 hours transfer Not available to students residing in MN or ND.
University of Florida Online Teaching and Learning Link 12 7000 30 Official No No No No M.Ed. in Instruction and Curriculum 36 9 hours transfer Not available to students residing in MN or ND.
University of Georgia e-Learning Design Link 15 12000 75 Official No No Yes No M.Ed. in Learning, Design, and Technology 36 9 hours transfer
University of Houston Designing and Developing Educational Multimedia Link 12 10000 0 Official No No Yes Yes M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Learning, Design, & Technology 30 All transfer
University of Houston Online Teaching and Learning Link 12 10000 0 Official No No Yes Yes M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction - Learning, Design, & Technology 30 All transfer
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign eLearning Link 16 10000 15 Unofficial No No No No M. Ed. in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership (concentration in eLearning) 36 Up to 12 hours Each course has 8 mandatory synchronous sessions.
University of Maryland - Baltimore County Instructional Systems Development Link 12 11000 0 Unofficial No No No No M.A. in Instructional Systems Development – Training Systems 36 All transfer
University of Maryland - Baltimore County Instructional Technology Link 12 11000 0 Unofficial No No No No M.A. in Instructional Systems Development – Training Systems 36 All transfer Designed for PC and Windows based software. Does not support MAC users. Some classes are synchronous.
University of Maryland - Baltimore County Distance Education Link 12 11000 0 Unofficial No No No No M.A. in Instructional Systems Development – Training Systems 36 All transfer
University of Maryland - Baltimore County or University College Instructional Design for E-Learning Link 12 8000 50 UMUC - Official transcript; UMBC - Unofficial No No No No Master of Distance Education and E-learning 36 All transfer Apply to either UMBC or UMUC and may take courses at the other institution as a visiting student.
University of Maryland - University College Teaching and Training at a Distance Link 12 8000 50 Official No No No No Master of Distance Education and E-learning 36 All transfer
University of Massachusetts - Boston Instructional Technology Design Link 15 8000 62 Official Yes: 2 Yes: MAT Yes: 1,500+ words Yes M.Ed. in Instructional Design 36 All transfer Applicant personal interview. Allowed to take up to 2 courses before application. Two of M.Ed. classes only offered on-campus.
University of North Carolina - Charlotte Instructional Systems Technology Link 18 15000 75 Official Yes: 3 Yes: GRE or MAT Yes: up to 750 words No M.Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology 39 All transfer Not available to students residing in AL, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MN, OR, SD, or UT. Admission process includes an interview with the Instructional Systems Technology program faculty
University of North Carolina - Wilmington Instructional Technology Link 18 15000 60 Official No No Yes No M.S. in Instructional Technology 36 All transfer Synchronous classes
University of North Dakota Instructional Design and Technology Link 12 5000 35 Official No No No No M.Ed. or M.S. in Instructional Design & Technology 34 All transfer Live web classes held evenings/weekends.
University of South Florida Distance Education Link 12 6000 30 Official No No Yes: 250 words or less Yes M.Ed. in Instructional Technology 33 All transfer
University of Texas – Brownsville E-Learning Link 12 7000 30 Official No No Yes: 500 words No M.Ed. in Educational Technology 36 All transfer
University of Wisconsin – Stout Instructional Design Link 12 5000 0 None No No No No M.S. in Education 30 All transfer
University of Wisconsin – Stout E-learning and Online Teaching Link 15 6000 0 None No No No No M.S. in Education 30 All transfer
Walden University Instructional Design and Technology (Specialization in Instructional Design) Link 12 6000 50 Official No No No No M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology 30 All transfer For-profit school
Walden University Instructional Design and Technology (Specialization in Online Learning) Link 12 6000 50 Official No No No No M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology 30 All transfer For-profit school
Walden University Instructional Design and Technology (Specialization in Training and Performance Improvement) Link 12 6000 50 Official No No No No M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology 30 All transfer For-profit school
Wayne State University Online Teaching Link 15 18000 50 Official No Yes: (waived if GPA 2.8 or more) Yes: 1 page Recommended M.Ed. in Instructional Technology 33 12 hours transfer
Western Illinois University Online and Distance Learning Development Link 15 5000 30 Official No No No No M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology 32 All transfer
Western Kentucky University Instructional Design Link 12 7000 40 Official No No No No M.S. in Instructional Design 30 All transfer Requires "Adequate preparation in the field of study"
Western Oregon University Instructional Design Link 16 9000 60 Official No Yes: GRE or MAT (waived if GPA 3.0 or higher) No No M.S. in Education: Information Technology 30 All transfer Certificate is 24 quarter hours. Not available to students residing in AR, MD, IN, or MN.
Wright State University Instructional Design for Online Learning Link 12 12000 10 Official No No No No None 31 All transfer M.Ed. in Educational Technology is not fully online
Northeastern University Distance Learning Link 11 8000 0 Official Yes: 2 No Yes: 500-1000 words Yes M.Ed. in eLearning and Instructional Design 30 All transfer Certificate is 16 quarter hours (10.67 semester hours). M.Ed is 45 quarter hours.


A few important notes:

  • Many schools offer a special tuition rate for online courses.  If tuition is based on residency, then the tuition estimates are based on out-of-state tuition.  Check with the school to see if you qualify for lower in-state tuition.  
  • You will need a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution for admission to most graduate certificate programs.
  • Some institutions are restricted from offering courses to residents of certain states.  Check to see if your residency impacts your admissibility.
  • All information is subject to change at any time so check the school’s website to ensure you have the most recent information.
  • Listings do not include certificates specifically intended for K-12 teachers or programs in related, but different fields such as Human Performance Technology.  The rankings DO include certificates not called “Instructional Design” as long as they have an instructional design component.  Be sure to determine the focus of each certificate so you can decide if it is right for you.

  • See a broken link or want to provide a program update?  Know of another instructional design certificate that should be added to the table?  Let me know

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