What degree/certificate programs exist?

Feb 10, 2011

Got this question from a blog reader:

"As part of our development, a few of us in the OD department are looking into programs/certifications that will help us as we move from producing on-demand learning events to creating learning that is part of a learning plan.  Can you recommend any programs"

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Nicholle Stone


The University of Wisconsin-Stout has an online graduate level instructional design program (12 credits) which can be used as electives into the online M.S. in Education or M.S. in Career and Technical Education. More information can be found at http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/instructionaldesigncert.cfm

Our students are from all over the globe and represent a variety of fields. We;d love to have you join us!


Nicholle Stone, Program Advisor and Instructor Instructional Design Certificate
651-402-5162 stonen@uwstout.edu

Nicholle Stone


For the certificate a Bachelor's degree in any subject is necessary, because the certificate is graduate level. If you start with just the certificate, then you are considered as enrolling for professional development and continuing education and do not need to apply for graduate admission to the university.

However, if you want to enroll in one of the Master's degrees at the same time, then you are required to complete an application to the Graduate School. You may qualify for financial assistance if you are enrolled in a graduate degree program and registered for a minimum of five (5) credits per term.

You may want to visit the Graduate School's site at http://www.uwstout.edu/grad/prospect/apply.cfm for more information (please note the International Students tab as well).

I hope this helps.


Nicholle Stone, Program Advisor and Instructor Instructional Design Certificate
651-402-5162 stonen@uwstout.edu

Kris Lafleur

Hi Ali,

Canadian higher ed is much less expensive than in the States. I'm in the last year of a 4 year program at the University of Ontario (UOIT) and it is available completely online, has a pathway option if you have previous HE education and the schedule is such that you can still work full time. In comparison, the total for 5 courses per semester is just under $4000. Some of my Profs are also teaching at UBC and Royal Rhodes. I believe Concordia in Montreal also has some options.


Mike Beutner

The University of Louisiana at Monroe has an established online graduate program in "Educational Technology Leadership"; the emphasis is on eLearning.  The 12-month intensive program is project-based. (No multiple choice quizzes!)  We recommend the "E-Learning Heroes" and "Rapid E-Learning Blog" highly as examples of "best practices". The annual curriculum is described here:  http://ulm.edu/~beutner/EdTech/ 

Chris R

I've just applied to the University of Florida's College of Education - Certificate Program for Online Teaching and Learning - 4 courses all online and I'm excited! They have 4 different certificate programs in Education Technology from which to choose, this seems to be the best option to advance my eLearning development skills: 4 courses...

-Instructional Design

-Distance Teaching and Learning

-Blended Learning Environments

-Designing Integrated Media Environments I.

Two other Certificate options I considered were  Instructional Design and Managing Distance Education Environments. The University's online College of Education programs are very highly ranked, wish me luck ;)

Kari Vara

I am starting a degree in ID this fall.  I am looking at several online programs and would appreciate any comments.  I would like a progam that offers a certificate leading to a masters, or possible badges within a masters program.  I also want to keep my options open for higher ed or corporate jobs.  I also want to avoid a program that is K12 heavy. Can anyone comment on the following programs? 

Purdue University

University of Illinois

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Saint Leo University

Western Oregon University

Any other schools I should consider?

Steve Flowers

You might want to look at San Diego State and Boise State programs. Both offer some certificates and I believe they count towards the graduate degree. I took a course through the SDSU certificate program. Great faculty.

Other considerations might include Old Dominion. I believe ODU has a distance program available. Not sure about the certificate. I hear good things about the Penn State program.

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