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Instructional Design Certificate


Instructional Design Certificate



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Education is transforming. Gain the skills you need to succeed in today’s online world.

On-demand movies. On-demand shopping. On-demand groceries. On-demand education. The future of education is here, and it’s online. The number of students opting to take courses online is growing, and so is the demand for educators who are trained to develop and teach online courses.

SWU’s online Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design will provide you with the key skills and tangible experiences you need to succeed as a modern-day teacher or educator. 

This 4-course graduate certificate focuses on instructional design and leadership. As an added benefit, SWU offers all students a 50% discount off the cost of the 4th course.

As a student enrolled in the program, you will study: 

  1. The foundations of online curriculum design and e-learning,
  2. How to create an online classroom for both synchronous (“real time”) and asynchronous instruction,
  3. How to develop e-learning curriculums that function across multiple socioeconomic classes and geographies,
  4. How to monitor progress and assess the quality of student work as an e-instructor.

In addition, SWU’s Christian ethic of care is integrated into each course. Upon completion of each course, you will receive graduate credit, which may be used toward the pursuit of a full M.Ed. in Instructional Design and eLearning

Teachers in South Carolina who earn their Instructional Design Graduate Certificate from SWU are also eligible for the SC Department of Education Online Teacher EndorsementThis certificate does not lead to teacher certification.

Upon successful completion of all 4-courses you will receive an official and verified certificate, along with a digital badge that can be displayed across social networks. 

Other benefits of SWU’s online Instructional Design Certificate program include: 

100% Online Courses Taught by Real Experts
A Dedicated, Personal Advisor
Can be Used Toward +18 for Educators
Flexible Schedules – Earn While You Learn
VA Benefits Can be Used Toward Microcredential


Zero cost textbooks for all 4 courses in the Instructional Design Certificate program . The textbooks are made up of OER digital texts and content, made available from faculty advocates around the world or resources accessible from the Rickman Library.


Courses for the Instructional Design Certificate

EDUC 6033 Online Design and Curriculum Development

The examination of the instructional designer’s tasks and skills needed to assist professionals to attain and maintain a desirable learning and teaching situation for all e-learners. Best practices for e-learning will be explored.

EDUC 6043 Learning Management Systems

Students will learn about instructional technologies including learning management systems using Canvas. Canvas will be compared and contrasted with industry leading learning management systems. Students will learn how to create an online classroom for both synchronous (“real time”) and asynchronous instruction. Learners will also explore systems administration in order to participate effectively as a member of an instructional support team. This course will give you an excellent preparation to master any modern LMS including Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas, and many others.

EDUC 6053 e-Learning Evaluation and Assessment

Explores the use of a range of formal in informal assessment methods to plan for e-instruction, to monitor and evaluate student progress, to involve students in the assessment process, and to report student achievement to various audiences. Emphasis will be placed on Quality Matters concepts.

EDUC 6063 Instructional Design in a Culturally Responsive Society

Theoretical and practical foundations are explored to empower visionary leaders with the required innovative, culturally-responsive knowledge/skills required to thrive in a variety of socio-economically and/or geographically diverse organizations, such as K-12 schools, non-profit organizations, universities, libraries, manufacturing, health industries, and museums.