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Microcredential in Instructional Design

Prepare for the future of teaching with an online Microcredential in Instructional Design

"90 percent of academic leaders believe that it is ‘Likely’ or ‘Very Likely’ that a majority of all higher education students will be taking at least one online course in 5 years’ time.” (source: According to Grade Change: Tracking Online Education)

The Microcredential in Instructional Design offers 4 core courses from our M.Ed. in Instructional Design and eLearning, giving students key skills and tangible experience in the growing field of online learning. Students who complete the 4-course microcredential will receive graduate credit for the 4 courses, a certificate, and a digital badge that they can display across social networks. Should students wish to pursue a greater depth in the field, they are also nearly halfway to completing the M.Ed. program.

Official and verified certificate
A dedicated, personal advisor
Ability to apply real-world knowledge
40% of the complete MEDEI degree program
Can be used toward +18 for educators
4th course is 50% off
Christian ethic of care

Instructional design and technology jobs are projected to grow 7% from 2014 to 2024 (source: BLS National Occupation Outlook). SWU courses are taught by real-world experts and offers the flexibility to earn as you learn. Our program focuses on integrating a Christian ethic of care in all instructional design leadership and development capacities by promoting digital citizenship, designing accessible content, modeling the safe and effective use of technologies, and promoting design for a culturally-responsive society. The certificate you receive will be official and verified, easily shareable to your professional network.

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Online Program Start Dates

Monday, May 11, 2020
Monday, August 24, 2020


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At a Glance

Courses for Microcredential in Instructional Design

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 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.

EDUC 6083 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.