Graduate Certificate

Instructional Design

Starting Fall 2019, this 12 credit hour program (4 courses) is designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills in instructional design, especially for instructional designers, educators, and other professionals in the fields of training and development. It can be completed as a stand-alone certificate or pursued as part of the Master's of Education degree in Learning Design. Universities and organizations around the world employ instructional designers to help train and develop faculty, employees, and staff. Instructional designers have skills that are in high demand in the information age.  

The demand is HUGE! There are over 34,000 instructional designer jobs posted on Glassdoor, one of the fastest growing jobs and recruiting sites on the internet. 


Graduate Certificate - Instructional Design

Advance Your Career

  • Instructional Designer
  • Instructional Technologist
  • University Teaching and Learning Specialists
  • Adjunct Faculty

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  • FOUR courses (12 credit hours)
  • Estimate $5,728
  • Finish in under 1 year
  • Tuition calculator (select eCampus)

Program Benefits

  • Six start dates throughout the year
  • Seven-week courses
  • 100 percent online
  • Advance your career
  • Enhance your credentials
  • Advance your professional knowledge

Program Information

To obtain the BGSU Certificate in Instructional Design, participants in this program take FOUR graduate-level courses developed to provide the skills in new media development, instructional systems design, multimedia production, courseware design, and digital game based learning.

Course Requirements

This course focuses on the development of a framework for the Learning Design program that supports pedagogical diversity and innovation for formal and informal learning in the public and private sectors with a focus on new media.

This course focuses on the basic instructional design model: ADDIE model, and guide students through the typical instructional design process that includes analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation.

This course is a survey of instructional design and digital multimedia development and evaluation techniques and evidence-based multimedia design principles for dissemination of content using various software applications.

The course is an introductory inquiry into the systematic design and development of instructional digital game-based learning (or serious gaming as it is often called); use of game theory and principles applied to training and learning problems.

Application Requirements


Submit Your Graduate College Application Online

Apply Now or Return to Existing Application

For Area of Study, select “Certificate” and “Instructional Design (eCampus)”

Note:  All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. A $45 nonrefundable application fee is assessed for domestic applications. The international application fee is $75.


Submit Official Transcripts

TRANSCRIPTS: Submit scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate College. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree granting institution must be submitted.

Request official transcripts be sent to:

Graduate College
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403

Non-native speakers of English must have a minimum 80 TOEFL IBT, 53 PTEA, or 7.0 IELTS score. For information visit the Educational Testing Service website.


Personal Statement and Letters of Recommendation

You will upload these items as part of the online application process for this program.

A personal statement (1-2 pages) The Statement of Purpose should address: 

  • Your motivation for pursuing graduate study in your chosen field. 
  • What you hope to gain through graduate study 
  • Your career aspirations following completion of the program 

Two letters of recommendation from recent instructors, employers or other individuals qualified to evaluate the potential for success in the program

You will be enrolled in and receive your degree from the College of Technology Architecture and Applied Engineering

Did you know nearly EVERY University in the United States has a Center for Teaching and Learning or an Online Learning Office that provides instructional design services to the university? This certificate is a way to qualify you for those positions in addition to other training positions in organizations.