Learn more about the rapidly growing field of Instructional Design

This introductory online course in theories and practices of instructional design is a great step for individuals aspiring to create effective and engaging educational content. In today’s rapidly evolving educational landscape, the ability to design instruction that meets the diverse needs of learners is paramount. This course serves as a comprehensive introduction to the core principles and methodologies of instructional design, equipping students with a foundational understanding of the learning process, curriculum development, and assessment strategies. Participants will delve into instructional design theories, explore various instructional models, and gain hands-on experience in designing and developing educational materials that align with best practices. Whether you are an educator, e-learning developer, or someone passionate about enhancing the learning experience, this course is an ideal starting point for your journey into instructional design.

Throughout the course, students will learn to apply instructional design principles to a variety of educational settings, from schools to corporate training programs and beyond. They will gain insights into learner needs, learning objectives, and effective strategies for engaging and assessing learners. By the end of the course, participants will be prepared to create instructional materials that are not only informative but also interactive and tailored to the diverse needs of today’s learners. This introductory course is a stepping stone toward mastering the art of creating effective educational experiences, making it an invaluable resource for those looking to excel in the field of education and training.

Flexible schedule

Course is 8 weeks long, entirely online, and self-paced.

Career advisement

Receive a personal advising session with an industry leader.

High job demand

You will enhance your resume with critical skills.

Career Pathways in Instructional Design

Approximate return on investment for each academic pathway

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Pathway 1: Enter the workforce quickly. Complete the Foundations of Instructional Design course and immediately enter the workforce.

  • The median salary is $30,100 a year.

Pathway 2: Continue your academic career to earn an Instructional Technology Undergraduate Certificate, which will allow you to increase your earning potential. This instructional design certificate prepares you to help curriculum designers implement educational materials within online and in-person learning experiences.

  • The median salary is $42,000 a year.

Pathway 3: Continue your academic career to earn a Minor in Instructional Design and Technology, which will allow you to increase your earning potential. Job roles include instructional media production, corporate training, classroom and online instruction, and more.

  • The median salary is $63,000 a year.

Pathway 4: Enhance your earning power with an Online Instructional Technology Post-baccalaureate Certificate. This gives you the ability to work as a full Instructional Desinger in different types of organizations.

  • The median salary is $65,000 a year.

About the Foundations of Instructional Design Course

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Phone: 303-615-1234

Office Location:
Jordan Student Success Building
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Mailing Address:
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Innovative and Lifelong Learning
P.O. Box 173362
Campus Box 6
Denver, CO 80217-3362