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
- 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.
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.
|1. Required Courses|
|Cultural Proficiency||2.0||Winter Classroom||Summer Online|
|Instructional Design and Delivery, Introduction||1.0||Fall Online||Winter Classroom||Spring Online|
|Learning Theories and Styles||1.0||Winter Online||Summer Classroom|
|2. Elective Courses|
|Building Online Learning Communities||2.0||Spring Online|
|Designing Online Instruction||2.0||Fall Online|
|Designing Training Programs||2.0||Fall Classroom|
|Facilitation Skills||2.0||Fall Classroom||Winter Classroom|
|Instructional Needs Assessment and Evaluation||1.5||Winter Classroom|
|Introduction to Online Teaching||2.0||Winter Online|
|Role of the Project Manager||1.5||Fall Classroom Fall Online||Winter Classroom Winter Online||Spring Classroom Spring Online||Summer Classroom Summer Online|
|3. Capstone Course|
|Instructional Design and Delivery, Practicum||2.0||+ Spring Blended|
|4. Required Certificate Review|
|Instructional Design Certificate Completion Fee||None||Fall Online||Winter Online||Spring Online||Summer Online|
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
Recommended Course Sequence
Flexible course sequence
Courses may be taken in any order but your final course should be Instructional Design and Delivery, Practicum.
To receive your certificate
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.