Program Overview

Using best practices in instructional design and technology, graduates will gain the confidence and up-to-date knowledge necessary to design, implement and teach effective online courses. Utilizing technology for global learning opportunities, this 12-unit certificate gives professionals grounding in the pedagogy of online and hybrid teaching and learning, from whatever current teaching or training resources they now use.

Each certification/authorization may be taken either as a stand-alone program or added to the Master of Arts in Education, Teaching and Learning (MATL) degree.


  • Curricular Development, Innovation and Evaluation 
  • Using Technology to Support Student Learning 
  • Assessment and Design of Hybrid and On-line Learning 
  • Development and Implementation of Hybrid and On-line Learning 
  • Instructional Technology Project 

For all included coursework, visit our overview page.


Program Details

Total Semester Units: 12 semester units

Format: Combination of face-to-face and distance learning. In class meetings are from 4:30-9 p.m., one night per week for a period of 8 weeks.

Completion time: 1 -2 semesters

Tuition and fees: Please visit our Graduate Student Financial Services website.


This program is ideal for:

  • Current Educators
  • K-12 teachers
  • Higher Ed Professors
  • Department of Defense (DOD) Trainers
  • Corporate Trainers
  • Instructional Systems Designers
  • Chief Learning Officer
  • Operational Architect
  • Curriculum Developer
  • E-Learning & Distance Learning Developer


What does an
instructional designer do?

The instructional design competencies identified by the IBSPI (International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction) will give you a sense of what instructional designers might do. Not every instructional designer performs all of these tasks, as some are for those who are more advanced in their career.

Professional Foundations

  • Communicate effectively in visual, oral and written form.
  • Apply current research and theory to the practice of instructional design.
  • Update and improve one’s knowledge, skills and attitudes pertaining to instructional design and related fields.
  • Apply fundamental research skills to instructional design projects.
  • Identify and resolve ethical and legal implications of design in the workplace.


A graduate admissions counselor is available to answer questions about the admissions process, priority application dates and requirements. 

Stephanie Meier, Graduate Enrollment Counselor
(661) 377-4721


Mission Valley (San Diego) 
Serina Scott, Graduate Enrollment Counselor
(619) 563-2863