Graduate Certificate for Instructional Design and Educational Technology

TEAM Scholarship

The Teacher Education Access at Miami Scholarship provides a 50% discount on graduate tuition and fees for Ohio's PreK-12 Educators.

The Graduate Certificate for Instructional Design & Educational Technology is intended to provide K12 and Instructional Designers with core knowledge about the processes involved in the design, development and integration of technology-based instructional media, methods and systems. This certificate will provide foundational knowledge about the instructional design process by integrating research from behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, learning theories, arts-based and critical/cultural theoretical perspectives of teaching and learning. Through the sequence of courses, learners will integrate the theoretical foundations within the methods of design, integration, and formative and summative evaluation. This certificate is appropriate for both active K12 practitioners seeking professional development and individuals who aspire to hold positions that require knowledge of instructional design for education and training.  

Program Objectives

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion, certificate recipients will be able to:

  • Understand foundations of diverse disciplines that inform instructional design
  • Conduct a needs analysis of a learning environment and targeted learners
  • Design and develop instructional systems, methods, and media for meaningful learning
  • Conduct formative and summative evaluations of design
  • Utilize data to inform design and strategic planning


12 hours of graduate credit

In recognition of the diverse needs of students who may be interested in the Instructional Design & Educational Technology graduate certificate, the curriculum has a required core that provides a strong general foundation in Instructional Systems Design (ISD) and contemporary instructional design methods and model (EDP 631, EDP 632, and EDP 633), coupled with the selection of an elective that allows students to tailor their education according to their or professional needs and interest.  For example, K12 teachers interested in developing and integrating media for specific curricular goals may elect to supplement the core curriculum with EDP 645 Curriculum and Technology, whereas, corporate trainers who are responsible for developing professional and job-related training for a company or organization may be  more interested in EDP 643:Interactive Design or EDP 641:Visual Literacy.   

Required Courses:
  • EDP 631 – Introduction to Instructional Design & Technology (3) 
  • EDP 632 – Instructional Design Theory and Models (3)
  • EDP 633 – Evaluation and Assessment for Instructional Design (3)
Elective Courses (Select 1):
  • EDP 645 – Curriculum and Technology (3) 
  • EDP 643 – Interactive Design (3)
  • EDP 639 – Issues and Trends in Instructional Design & Technology (3)
  • EDP 625 – Mobile Learning Environments**
  • EDP 637 – Distance Education
  • EDP 583 – Serious and Educational Game Design*

*Course name will soon be changed to “Gamification and Game-based Learning”

** New course currently being developed

Schedule of Certificate Courses

Required courses, EDP 631, EDP 632, and EDP 633 will be offered online on a regular basis (at least annually and frequently bi-annually).  Elective courses are also offered online on a regular basis and additional sections tailored to graduate certificate students may be added if there is sufficient demand.

Admission Policies 

  • Students must have earned a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • Students must be enrolled in a MU Masters, MU Ed.D. or Ph.D. program; OR students must apply (and be admitted to) a MU master’s program; OR students must apply for “non-degree status” in the MU graduate school.  
How To Apply

You must either be currently enrolled as a graduate student or apply for enrollment as a continuing non-degree student.

  • If you are currently a graduate student or have continuing non-degree student graduate status from Miami’s Graduate School contact
  • If you have not been accepted to the Graduate School as a degree student or as a continuing non-degree student, you must apply. The application is online and transcripts are required. To start the process, visit Miami's Graduate Studies site.

Once you have been notified by the Graduate School of your acceptance, please submit the Instructional Design & Educational Technology Graduate Certificate Application form.

Retention Policies: (To remain active in the graduate certificate program)

Students must maintain a 3.0  GPA or better to remain in the certificate program.

Course Descriptions

  • EDP 631 Introduction to Instructional Design & Technology (3) This introductory course provides an overview of the field of Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) including both the foundations and history of the field. Throughout the course, students will develop an understanding of how instructional design is situated within the larger context of education. 
  • EDP 632 Instructional Design Theory and Models (3) Students will explore the trajectory of instructional design and the impact of data-driven research from such fields and domains as behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, media studies, arts-based research, constructivist theoretical perspectives, and critical/cultural perspectives of teaching and learning. Additionally, students will be exposed to various methods and models of instructional design and to develop instructional materials and media. 
  • EDP 633- Evaluation and Assessment for Instructional Design (3) This course explores theories and practice related to needs assessment, formative and summative evaluation. Students will have opportunities to conduct a needs analysis in a variety of settings and conduct formative and summative evaluations of various types of instructional media.
  • EDP 645 Curriculum and Technology (3) This class is designed to support P-12 educators in (1) addressing the mutual impact of technology and curriculum and (2) integrating technology to enhance teaching and learning. The focus is to produce teacher-created, learner-centered materials for effective technology integration.
  • EDP 643– Interactive Design (3) This course focuses on developing an understanding of theory and production of interactive design primarily for teaching and learning. While the emphasis will be on educational and training application, this course will also look at how interactive media can be used in non-traditional educational environments.
  • EDP 639 – Issues and Trends in Instructional Design & Technology (3) The intent of the course is to acquaint instructional technologists, teachers, and administrators with critical challenges posed as a result of the increasing infusion of technology into the school and training environments. Students will exchange ideas about issues and trends with others through reports and leading discussions.
  • EDP 637 - Distance Learning (3) This course explores current distance education concepts and current distance education methods and practices for encouraging reflective decision-making. Throughout the course, students will explore the development of online education concepts: theory, administration, programs, methods and curriculum, while participating in developing distance learning environments.
  • EDP 583 - Serious and Educational Game Design*(3) This course provides students with an overview of the field of gamification and game-based learning. Students will learn how contemporary instructional design and learning theories can be combined with elements of game design to create engaging game-based learning environments. Students will be provided with “hands-on” experiences using various tools to create game-based learning activities. 
  • EDP 625- Mobile Learning Environments** (3) Changing technologies afford new opportunities for teaching and learning. Mobile tools (tablets and smartphones) are becoming a pervasive tool. This course provides research-based best practices in the design as well as strategies for teaching and assessment with mobile learning technologies. 

For more information:

Contact Dr. Michele Dickey, at