Instructional Design Graduate Certificate


The University offers an online certificate of graduate study in instructional design that develops the knowledge and skills required for a career as an instructional design specialist, for employment opportunities in P-12, higher education, business, government, military, or healthcare.

  • This 12-credit program consists of four courses that can be completed entirely online or on the ISU campus. Individuals have the option of completing the certificate or enrolling in one (or more) courses.
  • Competencies designed into the program focus on content knowledge, content pedagogy, learning environments, professional knowledge and skills, and research related to education, instruction, and training activities, in alignment with current Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) Standards.
  • This is a project-based program that enables students to gain knowledge and skills in instructional design through experiential learning.
  • The online Instructional Design Graduate Certificate Program can be completed in 1½ years.
  • All courses are developed and taught by ISU faculty members who hold doctoral degrees and engage in scholarly research.
  • Courses in this certificate program may partially satisfy requirements in other ISU graduate programs in areas such as the master of science in educational technology.
  • Upon successful completion of program requirements, students are awarded a Certificate in Instructional Systems Design.
  • The online Instructional Design Graduate Certificate Program is open to eligible students in the U.S. (including the District of Columbia and all U.S. territories). The program also is open to students in Canada (all provinces). The program is closed to students residing in countries other than the U.S. and Canada except for U.S. military and State Department personnel and their family members with APO/FPO addresses.

Required Courses

All ISU educator licensure programs and related school programs are accredited by the Indiana Department of Education and National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.

Financial Aid & Assistance

Graduate students may be eligible for federal student loans if they are admitted into graduate degrees (or first-time teacher certification programs) and meet other eligibility requirements. Certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Private alternative loans can help students pay college expenses that may not be covered by federal loan programs or other financial aid. For more information, visit financial aid.

In addition, students may be eligible for payment plans and veterans benefits.

Further Information

For further information and assistance, contact:

College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Indiana State University
(812) 237-3005


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Indiana State University
(812) 237-3005