Certificate in Instructional Design

You can earn your Certificate in Instructional Design with just three courses! These online courses are the foundation of instructional design and technology. Designed by our faculty, our certificate program encompasses the fundamental knowledge of instructional design.

We provide the knowledge to help you develop your skills to design online training using web authoring software. The best part of the certificate program is that if you decide to pursue your Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology at CSUF, all of the certificate courses will transfer to your degree requirements.

Please email  Dr. Cynthia Gautreau  if you have any questions. Watch our informational video about the Certificate program.

 


 

Overview of the Certificate Program

Our certificate courses are graduate-level courses that are also included in the Master of Science program. The Level One Certificate requires only three courses and may be completed in as little as two semesters. Should you wish to continue your studies, you can earn a Level Two Certificate or apply for admission to the Master of Science program.

The courses cover instructional design principles and elearning development. You'll explore the science of learning and you'll get up and running creating online learning experiences using Adobe Captivate or Articulate Storyline.

 


 

REQUIRED COURSES

Courses are linked to catalog descriptions.

Level One Certificate

IDT 505 - Foundations of Instructional Design and Web Authoring Tools

IDT 520 - Instructional Design 1: Issues in E-Learning and the Design Process

IDT 530 - Instructional Design 2: Advanced Issues in Implementation, Management and Program Evaluation

Level Two Certificate

Level One Certificate courses, plus:

IDT 540 - Systematic Approaches to Web and Multimedia Design and Development

IDT 545 - Trends, Emerging Technologies and Issues in Instructional Design

 


 

Course Availability

Begin studying for your Certificate in Instructional Design in fall or spring semester. The semester that each course for the Certificate Level One is offered and available is noted in the table. See when Level Two courses are offered.

Course Fall Spring Summer

IDT 505

Available

Available

 

IDT 520

 

Available

Available

IDT 530

Available

 

Available

 


 

Applying to the Certificate Program

There are two options for applying to the Certificate program. You can apply for regular admission to the university through  Cal State Apply  (choose the MSIDT program), or you can register class-by-class through Open University. You can take either one or two classes at a time through either method. Two classes are considered full-time in our program.

Open University

If you plan to take one course per semester, Open University may be the better choice because students are charged per unit with no minimum. However, students enrolled through Open University are not eligible for financial aid.

Students may submit their registration to enroll via Open University one week prior to the beginning of the semester. Follow Open University's intructions and submit your completed registration form to msidt@fullerton.edu for permission to enroll and the relevant course code. Once you receive the course code and your endorsed form, you'll complete registration with Open University.

Cal State Apply

If you are hoping to qualify for financial aid, you are only eligible if you are admitted to the university as a regular student. However, students that are formally matriculated to the university are charged for a minimum of six units/two courses, even if they only register for one. If you choose this method, you must submit your application by the deadline, which you can find at Cal State Apply . Select the Instructional Design & Technology Certificate Level 1 or 2. Applications are only accepted for spring and fall semesters. See more about applying via Cal State Apply on our Admissions webpage.

 


 

Digital Badges

We award digital badges to recognize completion of the Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology Level One and Level Two. After students have completed the course requirements for their certificates, they will receive a digital badge to display on their LinkedIn profiles. Digital badges are widely recognized by employers.

  Digital Badge Level I  Digital Badge Level II

What is unique about a digital badge? A digital badge displays metadata associated with earning the badge, revealing the specific requirements and content mastered. Once you earn the digital badge, you can share it on social media to showcase your skills in a certified format.


 

Cost of Attendance

Tuition and fees will vary based on your enrollment method. If you matriculate to the university after applying via Cal State Apply, you will pay the same fees as Master of Science students.

If you enroll in the Certificate program via Open University, you will pay the fees posted by Open University.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CERTIFICATE in Instructional Design PROGRAM

The following represents a list of frequently asked questions and responses related to the Certificate in Instructional Design program.

 


 

May I take courses if I missed the CSUF application deadline?

Yes. If you missed the deadline to apply to CSUF, you may register for courses through  Open UniversityOpens in new window   without the formal application process. Please check their website for key dates and deadlines for each of the upcoming academic terms.

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May I enroll in one course per semester?

Yes, you are welcome to enroll in one course at a time.

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May I enroll in two courses per semester?

If you would like to take two courses per semester, you have the option of taking it through  Open University  or CSUF. If you are planning to apply to CSUF, you will need to submit your application to the CSUF and submit your transcripts. A minimum of 2.50 GPA is required to be admitted to CSUF. Visit our admissions page for more information.

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When are the Certificate Level One courses offered?

The semester that each course is offered and available is noted in the table.

Course Fall Spring Summer

IDT 505

Available

Available

 

IDT 520

 

Available

Available

IDT 530

Available

 

Available

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When are the Certificate Level Two courses offered?

The semester that each course is offered and available is noted in the table. This table includes the courses required for Certificate Level One.

Course

Fall

Spring

Summer

IDT 505

Available

Available

 

IDT 520

 

Available

Available

IDT 530

Available

 

Available

IDT 540

Available

Available

 

IDT 545

Available

Available

 

 

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If I decide to apply to the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology program, are my courses transferrable?

Yes. The MSIDT program will accept courses from the Certificate in Instructional Design program at CSUF.

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When will I receive my certificate and digital badge?

As soon as you successfully complete all courses you will receive a certificate and digital badge from the CSUF Instructional Design and Technology program. 

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Which software will I need to purchase?

Students are responsible for purchasing the web authoring software used in the certificate program. During the first semester you will be informed about the software and required version. Typically we use Adobe Captivate and/or Articulate Storyline in the courses.

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What is the cost of the certificate program?

The cost varies depending on your enrollment option: through Open University or through matriculation to the university. We recommend enrolling through Open University if you plan to take one course per semester.

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What if I want to learn more after completing the Certificate in Instructional Design Level One?

You can earn a Certificate in Instructional Design Level Two, or apply for admission to the Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology. Your Certificate courses will transfer to the Master of Science program.

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I have a question that isn't covered here. Who should I ask?

Please direct all MSIDT program questions to the department office at (657) 278-2842.

All questions concerning the online application and transcripts should be directed to the CSUF Admissions Help Line at (657) 278-7601.

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