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Instructional Design and Educational Technology Certificate

The Graduate Certificate for Instructional Design & Educational Technology provides educators and learning designers with core knowledge about the processes involved in the design, development, and integration of technology-based instructional media, methods, and systems.

Quick Facts

12 months

Program duration


Your Program Begins When You Choose


Accepted Year Round


Cost per credit hour for Ohio residents

Build a skills-based knowledge for a career in education and training

Gain the knowledge and skills to design, develop, and meaningfully integrate technology and media to enhance learning and training opportunities. This online certificate can prepare and foster practitioners in instructional design, learning technologies, and educational media for various settings, including business, industry, higher education, government, military, and healthcare.

Get Started with Admission

To apply for the online Instructional Design and Educational Technology Graduate Certificate, you'll need:

  • A four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Undergraduate transcript
  • At least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA

Current and newly admitted Miami graduate students (including combined degree students) can apply using the Graduate Student Association Canvas link. Students must be admitted to the certificate program before taking courses for certification.

An Affordable Investment in Your Future

  • Scholarships available: K-12 teachers can apply for the TEAM scholarship, which discounts tuition and fees.
  • Top value: Miami University has been named a top 100 best value nationwide by Forbes and Kiplinger's Personal Finance. 
  • Strong ROI: Our Oxford campus ranked in the Top 20 Online Colleges for return on investment by OnlineU.
  • Career success: 98% of Master's graduates are successfully employed, continuing education, or in a volunteer/service program.


Courses may be taken in any order and are offered in all academic terms (fall, winter, spring, and summer).

Program Requirements

Course List
Code Title Credit Hours
EDP 631 Foundations of Instructional Design and Technology 3
EDP 632 Instructional Design Theory and Models 3
EDP 633 Formative/Summative Evaluation of Learning Design 3
Select two of the following: 6
EDP 537 Blended and Online Learning Design
EDP 583 Game-based Learning Design
EDP 636 Diversity, Learning, and Technology
EDP 643 Interactive Design
Total credit hours 15

Course Descriptions

EDP 631 Foundations of Instructional Design and Technology (3)

This course provides a foundation of Instructional Design and Technology (IDT) and an overview of the field a. Students will learn about the theoretical foundations of the field and of the program. Some software will be introduced.

EDP 632 Instructional Design Theory and Models (3)

This course provides an opportunity for students to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate instructional design models based on learning theories and principles, while taking into account various situations and differences of learners. Students will acquire the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to provide leadership in the area of instructional design.

EDP 633 Formative/Summative Evaluation of Learning Design (3)

Formative and Summative evaluation provides students with theories and practice related to conducting needs analysis and formative and summative evaluations. At the end of the semester students should be able to assess and evaluate instructional media.

EDP 537 Blended and Online Learning Design (3)

This course teaches concepts and design for blended and online learning. In addition, this course aids students, teachers and instructional designers in the development of distance education concepts: theory, administration, programs, methods, practice and curriculum development.

EDP 583 Game-based Learning Design (3)

This course offers students the opportunity to explore the use of games and simulated environments for teaching and learning. The three main topics investigated in this course are: (a) the integration of popular games for teaching and learning, (b) serious and educational games, and (c) the integration of game design elements for teaching and learning. In addition, this course aids students in understanding how learning theories can inform the design of serious and educational games for instructional design. Prerequisite: junior/senior or graduate standing.

EDP 636 Diversity, Learning, and Technology (3)

The purpose of this course is to explore the mutual impact of diverse learner populations and technology. The focus of this course is to explore instructional design of media and technology integration that supports learner diversity in all forms. Special attention is devoted to how instructional design can support and foster inclusion of traditionally underrepresented learner populations (ESOL, special education, non-traditional learners, and economic disadvantaged learners). The goals of this course are to provide strategies for designing curriculum and instruction using technology for meeting the needs of diverse, multicultural, special needs, and at-risk learners in k-12 schools. Students will engage in global connections, exploration, and analysis of various technologies to differentiate and/or accommodate instruction for students with diverse learning styles and special needs. This course will emphasize Universal Design as an inclusive model for 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.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • identify and discuss the 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.

Find Success with Miami's Online Instructional Design and Educational Technology Certificate

Whether you're a teacher practitioner seeking professional development or an aspiring instructional designer, apply today to advance your career.