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Advanced Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design

Learning and performance. Theory and practice. Technology and media.

Increase your knowledge and skills with an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design.

You already have a master's degree or you've earned a Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication from Southern Polytechnic State University. The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design gives you the opportunity to increase your knowledge and skills in instructional design.

You'll deepen your existing knowledge with theory. You'll apply that theory to hands-on projects that address adult learning needs. And you'll receive quality instruction and guidance from full-time SPSU faculty from the convenience of an online learning environment.

Who enrolls in the online Advanced Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design program?

They are working adults. They are career builders. Career changers. Innovators. Most of all, like you, your fellow students care about designing instructional solutions for adult learners to help them accomplish their goals or understand a complex concept or process.

Your fellow students are the people with whom you will forge personal and professional bonds. The kinds of bonds that will become integral to the success of your career.

What will I learn?

You'll learn the basics of instructional design. In today's complex world, effective instruction takes more than the ability to put together a PowerPoint presentation. It requires strategy. Our rigorous, graduate-level curriculum will give you the critical thinking and technical skills to become an instructional design strategist.

With an Advanced Certificate in Instructional Design, you'll acquire skills that will endure over time:

  • Social intelligence: You'll learn to understand a defined audience and create learning experiences that speak to them.
  • New media literacy: You'll learn to create engaging learning experiences using dynamic new media.
  • Transdisciplinarity: You'll learn to combine cross-disciplinary skills to confront and resolve learning problems.
  • Design mindset: You'll learn to create learning experiences that persuade, that produce desired outcomes.

What will my learning experience be like?

Like your previous graduate-level studies, the work is challenging and exciting. You'll work independently and collaboratively on projects that address adult learning needs.

Your intensive coursework will be entirely online. But that doesn't make it "easy"; in fact, an online learning environment demands more from you. But it also gives more back to you. You will be challenged to set goals and be self directed. You'll increase both the breadth and depth of your knowledge, while making critical connections to full-time faculty members who are experts in the field, as well as your fellow students with whom you share similar goals and backgrounds.

What kinds of courses will I take?

You'll take 6 courses (18 hours). The 5 required courses focus on instructional design and technology

  • IDC 6035—Information Graphics
  • IDC 6135—Website Design
  • IDC 6140—Instructional Systems Design
  • IDC 6145—Performance Technology
  • IDC 6155—Online Instructional Development

You'll select your 6th course from any of our offerings, which include courses in information design, multimedia, business analysis, marketing communication, project management, usability testing, and more.

How long will the certificate take to complete?

Because of its rigor, and other life demands you must meet, the program is designed primarily for part-time study. Students with full-time jobs typically take no more than 2 courses per semester and plan a 2-year timeline to complete the advanced certificate. Full-time study (9 credit hours or 3 courses per semester) is limited to students receiving financial aid or those who are not employed.

Since graduate-level courses require more reading and study and the assignments are significantly more complex, you'll spend at least 15 to 20 hours per week, per course.

How much will it cost?

No matter where in the world you call home, you'll pay in-state tuition and fees. For the 2012–13 academic year, one 3-credit course will cost  approximately $1,215. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for information about funding your education.

How will an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design enhance my current competencies?

You may already create learning experiences on a regular basis. But you want to improve your skills. The Advanced Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design program will advance your competency by combining theory and practice to teach you to design instructional solutions for adult learners.

Next steps:

Looking instead for a quick intro to technical communication?

SPSU’s Continuing Education Center offers short courses that provide hands-on, practical skill training in the fundamentals of technical communication, including technical writing, project management, Web design, and instructional design.

These non-credit courses cover the basics in only a few sessions and are a cost-effective way to learn if technical communication is the right career for you!

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