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Online Instructional Development Graduate Certificate

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Allan Jeong
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In today's world, businesses, government agencies, universities, schools and many other types of organizations are interested in hiring individuals who can create innovative approaches to online instructional design.

The certificate in Online Instructional Development is a non-degree program offered online that prepares you to design online instruction in a variety of settings. The program should be completed within a five-year period. Twelve credit hours earned (with a grade of "B" or higher) as a non-degree seeking student for the certificate may be applied toward a degree upon admission to the Master's program in Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies.

Any individual who has an undergraduate degree and is eligible to enroll as a non-degree seeking student, or who qualifies for graduate admission to the university, is eligible to apply for admission to the Online Instructional Development certificate program.


Accredited regionally through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Method of Delivery


Time or Location Requirements

All the courses used to complete the OID certificate can be taken online, and all the online courses in general conducted asynchronously. Face-to-face courses can also be completed to earn the OID certificate, and in taking these face-to-face courses, you will be required to attend the face-to-face classes on campus at the designed time and location.

Time to Completion

3 semesters (if student takes 2 courses/per semester) and certificate requirements must be completed within 5 years

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • EME5457 Introduction to Distance Learning (3)
    This course provides an overview of the foundations of distance learning and on-line educational programs. It examines the design and technologies necessary for quality interactive education at a distance.
  • EME5602 Technology & Design (3)
    This course focuses on developing the visual design, multimedia, graphic design, and technology skills that are foundational to instructional design and development. Students will learn to apply theory and principles to the development of instructional media using popular software programs.
  • EME5603 Introduction to Systematic Instructional Design (3)
    This course is an introduction to systematic design of instruction. Includes practical experience in developing and evaluating instructional materials.

Total Credit Hours


Program Requirements

  1. Completion of 15 approved credit hours
  2. Six of the 15 hours must be online
  3. Three core courses and two or more elective courses not used as an elective course for your major or any other certificates
  4. 3.25 GPA minimum
  5. No grade below B
  6. Complete program within 5 years
  7. The requirements for the OID certificate only apply to Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies majors if the student is applying for the OID certificate.


The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2018-19 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

Fall 2018 Course Offerings

  • EME5603 Introduction to Systematic Instructional Design (3)
    This course is restricted to specific majors, contact the department for additional information.
    This course is an introduction to systematic design of instruction. Includes practical experience in developing and evaluating instructional materials.

Summer 2018 Course Offerings

  • EME6356 Learning and Web Analytics (3)
    This course addresses the collection and use of data for decision making and assessment in learning and human performance contexts. Students get hands-on experience with small data sets and learn how big data sets are collected and used.
  • EME6414 Web 2.0-Based Learning and Performance (3)
    This course focuses on how the widespread use of social networking/media have influenced learning and human performance. Additionally, the course covers how instructional learning experiences and performance supports might be designed to take advantage of participatory culture.

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