Certificate: Instructional Design

About the Instructional Design Certificate at Loyola

Teaching methods and technologies are continuously evolving, giving educators the opportunity to design dynamic, impactful learning experiences for others. If you want to create effective, innovative instructional materials, Loyola University Chicago's Professional Certificate in Instructional Design prepares you with a strong foundation.

Program Structure

The Professional Certificate in Instructional Design is an accelerated program offered in 8-week sessions. Classes are held fully online with synchronous meetings on weekday evenings. The program can be completed in as few as 14 months.

Why Choose Loyola for Your Certificate in Instructional Design

Whether you're interested in developing college courses or online learning modules for businesses and nonprofits, Loyola's certificate in instructional design provides training in the latest best practices and technologies for instruction.

A flexible format

Balance your studies with your life by earning your instructional design certificate online. By taking one course during each 8-week session, you will be on the path to completing your certificate in instructional design in under two years.

Study instructional design at Loyola's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, which has an impressive history of teaching adult learners like you. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Loyola is regularly ranked among the best colleges by U.S. News & World Report.

Learn from expert and supportive faculty who have worked in instructional design in a range of settings from education to corporate. Our faculty are specialists in online teaching and learning and will help you attain the knowledge and skills for success.

Develop meaningful connections with your professors and classmates through courses capped at 25 students. With an average class size of 10, you are sure to receive the individualized attention you need to excel in your studies at Loyola and beyond.

Learn how to leverage multimedia tools to design courses, deliver content, and improve student learning. You will be exposed to a variety of technologies and multimedia authoring tools used by the experts.

Easily transition into our master's program after earning Loyola's instructional design certification. If you want to pursue further study, your certificate courses can be applied toward our Master of Professional Studies in Instructional Design degree program.

Meet the Faculty

Loyola is proud to have talented and nationally-recognized scholar-teachers as part of our diverse community of exceptional faculty, students and staff. Loyola faculty are known for their commitment to teaching, the dissemination of knowledge through innovative and interdisciplinary scholarly research, and a commitment to social justice and cura personalis, or care for the whole person. Visit the School of Continuing and Professional Studies faculty and staff directory to learn more about the teachers and mentors involved with the Certificate: Instructional Design program.

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Curriculum and Program Outcomes

While courses for the Certificate: Instructional Design program may vary from semester to semester, Loyola’s extensive Academic Catalog will always house the official listing of courses, programs of study, academic policies, degree requirements, and specialization or concentration options.

Additionally, this resource will provide Certificate: Instructional Design learning outcomes, showcasing the commitment to specific skills and growth graduates can expect to achieve following completion of the program.

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Costs, Scholarships, and Aid

Loyola University Chicago is committed to making your return to school a reality. Our Cost & Financial Aid page can help better inform you about the costs and potential funding opportunities through scholarships, loans, and aid for graduate and professional education.

If you are a current Loyola undergraduate or recent alum, you may be eligible for a Returning Rambler discount. Learn more and see if you qualify on our Returning Rambler Scholarship page.

Tuition and Costs

The estimated tuition and fees for the Certificate: Instructional Design totals $13680.00, or 18 credit hours at a cost of $760.00 per credit hour. Please note that tuition and fees for all of Loyola's academic programs are subject to change.

For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please visit Tuition and Fees from the Office of the Bursar.

Certificate: Instructional Design Scholarships

For detailed information about tuition, costs, and aid, please visit the SCPS Tuition & Financial Aid page.

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Application Deadlines

The available start terms and corresponding application deadlines for the Certificate: Instructional Design are listed below. We encourage you to apply early for priority review. Please note that decisions may take longer during busy periods.

Fall: June 30

Application Requirements

Application requirements for the Certificate: Instructional Design include:

  • Transcripts

  • 1 Letter of Recommendation

  • 2.5 Minimum GPA

  • Writing Sample

International Student Requirements

Additional information regarding the application process for international students can be found on the International Student Requirements page.

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