Graduate Certificate

Instructional Design

Search “instructional design job” on any job-related web site, and literally thousands upon thousands of results come up.  The FOUR graduate courses in this certificate are designed to provide advanced knowledge and skills in instructional design to equip you for this high demand field. This can be completed as a stand-alone certificate or pursued as the first FOUR courses of the Master's of Education degree in Instructional Design and Technology

Online teaching and learning is here to stay and Instructional Designers are critical to the quality of online education. Get ahead of the curve with this graduate certificate in Instructional Design!


Graduate Certificate - Instructional Design

Advance Your Career

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

Other ID related jobs might include:

• Adjunct Faculty
• Chief Academic Officer
• Chief Learning Officer
• Consultant
• Course Design Manager
• Curriculum Developer
• Director of Center for Teaching & Learning
• Director of Instructional Design Librarian
• Director of Instructional Technology
• Director of Learning & Performance
• Director of Learning Design Operations
• Director of Training & Development
• Distance Education Specialist
• EdTech Curriculum Developer
• Education Program Manager
• Human Performance Specialist
• Instructional Design Coordinator
• Instructional Technology Director
• Lead or Senior Instructional Designer
• Learning Development Manager
• Senior Researcher & Designer
• Teaching Faculty Within the Field (Instructional Design, Instructional Technology, e-learning, Adult Education, Curriculum & Instruction)
• Technology Innovation Specialist
• Training Manager

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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
Jen Grimes


"I wanted to give a BIG THANKS for the courses in Instructional Design I took from you this past year for the certification program. The insights and knowledge has made such a huge difference in my work across the board… from my role as a contract Instructional Design developer to my in-person teaching at CIA.

CIA revamped their LMS this past summer and it gave me the much needed push to also revamp my syllabus. I put my new-found ID certification skills to work and WOW … it’s only midterms here and the difference in my student’s work is just amazing! They are better prepared for class, seem to grasp concepts quicker and more easily, and are way more motivated and engaged than in years past."

-Jennifer Minning Grimes 
Visual Communications Specialist
& Learning Experience Designer

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
200 University Hall
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 graduate certificate 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.

Updated: 01/19/2022 03:50PM