Instructional Design
Certificate Program

Instructional Design

The design of inspired learning

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Certificate Description

Deliver great learning

The rapidly growing field of instructional design needs qualified people to organize and deliver learning that effectively serves diverse learning styles and organizational goals. This certificate focuses on the principles and practices of traditional settings in K-12 classrooms, colleges, universities, and professional training settings in corporations and government.

Our instructors model the best of instructional design, starting with assessments of each participant’s needs so they can coach you toward the next developmental stage. As a student, you will develop and expand existing skills, build on natural talents and strengths, and learn from assessments any areas in need of special attention. Throughout the program, participants build practical approaches in the following areas:

  • Online learning
  • Facilitation
  • Emerging technologies
  • Intercultural communication
  • Curriculum and training vendor evaluation

If you are interested in developing a cultural proficiency course, learning to teach online, or polishing up on current learning theories and styles, the Instructional Design and Delivery program has both individual courses and a certificate program that lays the foundation for a fulfilling and successful instructional design career.

Cost: $4,500
Required Credits: Total Required: 8–9 courses/14 units: Take 4 required courses (6 units) and 4–5 elective credit courses (8–9 units). End with certificate of completion review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 9–12 months.


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Required Courses
Cultural Proficiency 2.0
Instructional Design and Delivery, Introduction 1.0
Learning Theories and Styles 1.0
2. Elective Courses
Building Online Learning Communities 2.0
Designing Online Instruction 2.0
Designing Training Programs 2.0
Facilitation Skills 2.0
Instructional Needs Assessment and Evaluation 1.5
Introduction to Online Teaching 2.0
Role of the Project Manager 1.5
3. Capstone Course
Instructional Design and Delivery, Practicum 2.0 +
4. Required Certificate Review
Instructional Design Certificate Completion Fee None

Requisite Knowledge

Ground your instructional design in practical skills

Learn to serve different learning styles. Our instructional design students learn to organize and deliver information to meet organizational goals for all ages and environments—from kindergarten and college to government and corporate training programs. Explore new approaches to online learning, facilitation, the use of emerging technologies, intercultural communication, and the evaluation of curriculum and training vendors.

Instructional Design and Delivery certificate program objectives:

  • Plan and implement assessment and evaluation as they play out in corporate training and university settings
  • Understand the principles of visual design
  • Develop a training program or event
  • Design online courses and build online communities
  • Manage projects and facilitate group conversations

Program Chair

Alan Tsuda & Holly

Certificate Program Co-Chairs 

ALAN TSUDA, M.B.A., has over 15 years' industry experience as a consultant in technology and corporate training and is the founder of ResultWorks, a Silicon Valley consultant firm. A veteran of the computer and tech industries, he specializes in the application of technology in learning. Tsuda has assisted with the development of technical training programs for two consulting firms and served on advisory boards for curriculum review and program redesign projects at UCSC Extension and UC Berkeley Extension. He has taught for UCSC Extension in the Project Management and Instructional Design programs since 1999 and has worked with many current and emerging instructors at UCSC Extension, some of whom have become colleagues and collaborators in developing and delivering instruction.


HOLLY CORNELISON HOPLA, M.Ed., a secondary English language arts specialist for the Issaquah School District in Washington and an independent educational consultant, has worked extensively with K-12 students and adult learners. A National Board Certified teacher, she has for two decades been a leader in the use of technology in the traditional and blended classroom space. She holds multiple teaching credentials and coaches education professionals in the implementation of culturally responsive instructional practices.  She holds certificates in online teaching, instructional design and delivery, and educational consulting, and currently serves as co-chair of the UCSC Extension Instructional Design program. 

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