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  • Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design


    Drexel's accredited online Instructional Design graduate certificate program is designed to prepare professionals to effectively and efficiently design learning environments using a variety of media. This includes those preparing to be instructional designers, teachers, and other learning design professionals for PK-12 education, adult education, and workplace training.

    Students learn about the five phases of systematic instructional design: analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation, along with newer process models and rapid prototyping to meet the demands of just-in-time learning and reduced budgets. The certificate specifically addresses the needs of the millennial learner and collaborative, networked communities. Students are encouraged to integrate their professional experiences and engage co-learners from other environments in their explorations.

    Students will learn to:

    • Create effective learning artifacts using a variety of media and methods including social media via mobile devices
    • Design an effective instructional development plan that meets the needs of various stakeholders
    • Collaborate with and lead a team of talented contributors to create an instructional product resulting in an effective and efficient outcome
    • Design and integrate virtual community processes into learning environments
    • Design effective learning experiences for online and blended students using tools and methods specific to these environments
    • Apply knowledge from the quickly evolving field of learning science to the design process
    • Create effective technology-enhanced instruction that includes analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation
    • Recognize and adapt learning environments, tools, methods, and strategies to engage and optimize learning for disabled populations
    • Negotiate an effective instructional design and development initiative that meets the needs of a real client
    • Plan, develop, evaluate, and manage the rapid design/development of effective instructional materials

    Program Features

    • A flexible, completely online program that fits easily into your busy work and personal schedule
    • Named one of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” preparing today’s educators by U.S. News & World Report
    • A highly interactive online learning method allows extensive interaction with faculty and other classmates

    State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Core Courses 
    EDLT 532Designing Virtual Communities for Staff Development - Non-Field Experience3.0 
    EDLT 536Learning Sciences and Instructional Design3.0
    EDLT 550Introduction to Instructional Design3.0
    EDLT 554Learning with Social Media and Mobiles3.0
    EDLT 811Designing and Developing Multimedia Applications For Learning3.0
    ELL 502E-Learning Technologies3.0
    ELL 504Learning Technologies & Disabilities3.0
    Capstone Courses 
    EDLT 539EDLT Co-op Seminar Course I1.5
    EDLT 540EDLT Co-op Seminar Course II4.5
    Total Credits27.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (graduate GPA will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA)

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
    • An essay describing why you're interested in pursuing graduate study in this field
    • Additional requirements for International Students


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $894 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1192 per credit)

    • This rate applies only to new online students.
      • Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
    • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
    • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.


    Academic Calendar

    2016-2017 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2016     

    September 19, 2016

    December 3, 2016

    December 5, 2016

    December 10, 2016

    Winter 2017 

    January 9, 2017

    March 18, 2017

    March 20, 2017

    March 25, 2017

    Spring 2017 

    April 3, 2017

    June 10, 2017

    June 12, 2017

    June 16, 2017

    Summer 2017 

    June 26, 2017

    September 2, 2017

    September 5, 2017

    September 9, 2017

    2017-2018 Academic Year

    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2017     

    September 25, 2017

    December 9, 2017

    December 11, 2017

    December 16, 2017

    Winter 2018 

    January 8, 2018

    March 17, 2018

    March 19, 2018

    March 24, 2018

    Spring 2018 

    April 2, 2018

    June 9, 2018

    June 11, 2018

    June 15, 2018

    Summer 2018 

    June 25, 2018

    September 1, 2018

    September 4, 2018

    September 8, 2018

    Apply today for the Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design

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