Management of Instructional Design for Professionals

Program Overview

This 15-unit certification prepares the professional to design and manage professional development in the workplace. Candidates will understand adult learning theory, effective instructional design and leadership for organizational success in both face to face and on-line venues. Designed for professionals new to the teaching learning environment and leadership role.  

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.



  • Instructional Leadership, Success for All Learners 
  • Organizational Leadership and Resource Management 
  • Curricular Development, Innovation and Evaluation 
  • Using Technology to Support Student Learning 
  • Advanced Educational Psychology 
  • Instructional Technology Project 

For all included coursework, visit our program page.


Program Details

Total Semester Units: 15 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:

  • Entry and Senior Level Managers
  • Professional Development Trainers
  • Corporate Trainers
  • Adult Workforce Educators
  • Human Resource Managers


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