UMass Boston

Instructional Technology Design Certificate

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Get certified to develop curricula and create computer-mediated education and training programs for the adult learner in professional and academic environments.

UMass Boston’s Instructional Technology Design Certificate focuses on the creation of computer-mediated education and training programs for the adult learner in both professional and academic environments, and to make effective use of instructional technology in curriculum development. It’s designed for educational professionals, corporate training specialists, and other educational design mavens who want to hone their skills and add a certification to their résumé. Explore cutting-edge educational technologies in instructional strategies and develop a strong foundation in the corresponding design phases of technology-based instructional development. Apply these skills to virtually any field — from sales to engineering to professional development. You have the option to continue on for an additional two semesters to earn a full Instructional Design MEd.

The Instructional Technology Design certificate program is designed to meet the increasing challenges created by the high technology training needs of academic, corporate, and public educators. All courses in the graduate certificate program are offered online. This certificate program provides you with the opportunity to design and produce computer-mediated learning activities and interactive multimedia materials, and to make effective use of instructional technology in curriculum development.

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How to Apply

Applicants must meet general graduate admission requirements in addition to the following program-specific requirements:

All prospective students complete an initial phone intake interview.

Deadlines & Cost

Deadlines: July 1 for fall, November 1 (priority deadline) and December 1 (final deadline) for spring

Application Fee: The nonrefundable application fee is $75. UMass Boston alumni and current students that plan to complete degree requirements prior to graduate enrollment can submit the application without paying the application fee.

Cost: For additional information regarding tuition and fees, please visit the Bursar’s Office or send an email to Please refer to Graduate Student Financial Aid for more information on financial aid.


Required Courses (9 Credits)

  • INSDSG 601 - Foundations in Instructional Design and Learning Technology 3 Credit(s)
  • INSDSG 640 - Planning, Design and Development of eLearning 3 Credit(s)
  • INSDSG 655 - Project in Multimedia 3 Credit(s)

Electives (6 Credits)

Complete two courses from below.

  • INSDSG 605 - Collaborative Learning Design 3 Credit(s)
  • INSDSG 610 - Video Principles for Instructional Design 3 Credit(s)
  • INSDSG 616 - The Design and Authoring of eLearning 3 Credit(s)
  • INSDSG 646 - Universal Course Design: A Pathway to Mindful and Creative Adult Learning for All 3 Credit(s)
  • INSDSG 684 - Design and Instruction of Online Courses 3 Credit(s)
  • INSDSG 697 - Special Topics in Instructional Design 1-6 Credit(s)

Graduation Criteria

Complete 15 credits from five courses including three required courses and two electives.

Statute of limitations: Five years.


Graduate Program Director:

Carol Sharicz
carol.sharicz [at]

Fran Keefe
fran.keefe [at]

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