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 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
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 complete 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) 

Additional certificate features

Experiential learning opportunity

A limited number of certificate students will have the opportunity to take part in a learning experience working with an OSU Ecampus instructional designer. Ecampus has won numerous national awards for its expertise in instructional design and faculty development.


Notice: Oregon State University students may now take part in internships anywhere in the United States. Read more about Ecampus’ authorization to operate in your state.

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