Certificate in Instructional Design

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Certificate in Instructional Design

Translate your digital-first teaching approach to professional settings.

For nearly every organization, achieving key objectives requires a workforce that’s committed to professional development. To encourage this type of continual learning, employers are seeking educators who are trained specifically to develop and deliver training programs. In this learning design and technology program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of instructional design and how to effectively deliver technology-based courses.

Earn an online certificate in instructional design, which you can apply directly toward a master of arts in instructional design.

Completion: 8 months

Schedule: Full-Time | Part-Time

Start Dates: Fall (September) l Spring (January) l Summer (May) 

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Become the technology-embedded learning expert employers are seeking with this 100% online certificate in instructional design.


Expand your educational technology reach.

More than just an instructional design certificate, this program emphasizes fostering effective, technology-driven learning environments that meet the needs of diverse populations. You’ll learn about strategies for applying digital technologies, best practices for online instruction, and how to tailor programs for different settings. Students also have the opportunity to complete fieldwork that’s tailored to their professional goals.

Positions that candidates with an instructional design certificate can pursue include:

  • Instructional coordinator
  • Training specialist
  • Corporate training and development consultant

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Courses (12 total credits)

  • Understanding the Whole Learner
  • Designing for Online Instruction
  • Principles of Instructional Development
  • Designing and Developing Training Programs

The School of Education and Human Development is accredited by CAEP.

Empower professionals to continually advance their education by completing a program in instructional design.


Targeted training for delivering professional education programs.

Pursuing an instructional design certificate online allows working adults to develop their teaching expertise through coursework focused on practical technology applications — and in a way that fits their schedules.

Move closer to completing a master’s degree.

In addition to providing you with the foundational knowledge and practical training to achieve your career goals, Fairfield’s instructional design certificate is also a gateway to other programs. Students who complete the certificate program can apply all 12 credits toward their master of arts in instructional design.

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Faculty & Academic Approach

Taught by experts in educational technology leadership.

Our faculty are well versed in developing and implementing strategies that ensure successful technology integration in a variety of teaching environments. The curriculum is also informed by an advisory board to ensure students receive the career-relevant education they need when earning this instructional design certificate.

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Joshua C. Elliott

Joshua C. Elliott

Dr. Elliott is a Google and Apple teacher and ISTE-certified educator who has contributed to several industry publications. He frequently runs professional development workshops on strategies for effective technology integration.

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Admission & Aid

Support along the path to earning your instructional design certificate.

From your first admission conversation to program completion, you’ll find support at every turn. The Fairfield University student support network is dedicated to meeting your needs and offering personal, academic, and financial guidance as you complete your leadership in educational technology certificate.

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Admission requirements 

  • A completed online application.
  • A non-refundable $65 application fee paid by credit card. (Application fee is waived for current Fairfield students and individuals who attend an information session.) 
  • A professional resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history (submit online). 
  • The official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.

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