Credits required
20 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 20 quarter credits are equal to 13.33 semester credits.*
Cost per credit
$560 Based on current tuition rates. No additional charge for nonresident students. Does not include course materials and associated fees and expenses.
Online You can complete all or nearly all requirements of this program online. View the curriculum.
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Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design – Online


The coursework in Oregon State’s online, 20-credit Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design focuses on proven and emerging instructional strategies, providing knowledge you can immediately apply in the workplace.

The certificate curriculum is guided by the Academy of Human Resource Development standards. You’ll learn from OSU faculty who teach instructional design courses related to adult education and professional training. These faculty members have ongoing research interests in related subjects.

For curriculum details, please visit Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Pathway to a master's degree in adult and higher education

You can transfer the credits you earn in this graduate certificate toward OSU's online master’s degree (Ed.M.) in adult and higher education. Successful completion of the certificate or its courses does not guarantee admission to the Ed.M. program.

Required courses (20 credits)

Each new cohort of students begins in fall term and will follow this course plan:


  • AHE 553 – Adult Learning and Development (4)
  • AHE 522 – Instructional Technology (1)


  • AHE 533 – Needs Assessment and Research (4)
  • AHE 523 – Instructional Technology II (1)


  • AHE 531 – Instructional Design (4)
  • AHE 524 – Instructional Technology III (1)


  • AHE 547 – Instructional Strategies for Adult Learners (4)
  • AHE 525 – Instructional Technology IV (1) 

Skill development

As a student in this program, you'll gain a broad skill set that you'll be able to flex in a professional capacity. 

  • Apply models and frameworks in design
  • Integrate new software  
  • Write instructional documentation
  • Design visual elements 
  • Align assets to instructional or training goals
  • Evaluate analytics in decision-making
  • Train and teach others
  • Test and troubleshoot digital content and tools
  • Creatively solve teaching and learning challenges
  • Advocate for student-centered and inclusive design 

Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization and compliance.

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