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Become an Instructional Designer

Interested in becoming an instructional designer, one of today’s fastest growing professions? Or perhaps you are planning to become an educator and want to enhance your instructional design or classroom technology skills? This instructional design certificate prepares you to partner with curriculum designers to implement educational materials within online and in-person learning experiences. The instructional designer role is in high demand within training and educational settings due to an increase in virtual learning, online skill development, and technology use in the classroom.

MSU Denver’s flexible, affordable online instructional design certificate includes courses in learning design, implementation and evaluation of multimedia learning materials, and instructional design theories. Current trainers and educators hoping to enhance their instructional practices will also gain valuable skills while obtaining the Instructional Technology Undergraduate Certificate. If you have already received a bachelor’s degree, please apply instead to the Instructional Technology Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program.

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Instructional Design and Technology Career Opportunities

This learning design program supports professional development and prepares you for a career in instructional design and related fields in the K-12 through postsecondary classroom. You can also gain valuable skills in instruction, and online corporate, public, and non-profit training.

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$4,082* per Semester

Per 12 credit hour semester. MSU Denver offers one of the most affordable Instructional Design and Technology Certificate programs in the State of Colorado.

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Learning Design Taught Online

MSU Denver’s learning design program offers a flexible, affordable instructional design certificate you can earn 100% online with or without pursuing a bachelor’s degree.

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Course List and Plan

Take a look at the courses required for the Online Instructional Technology Certificate for Undergraduates.

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Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)

The Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) is a program coordinated by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Residents of western states may enroll in the WUE program for resident tuition if you do not already live in Colorado, but wish to study at a Colorado university.

For more information check out our WICHE WUE page.


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MSU Denver is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, the highest level of accreditation in the United States. Courses you complete online will appear on your transcript just as on-campus courses do, and the diploma you earn as an online student is identical to the diploma earned by MSU Denver campus-based students.

One of Colorado's Top Affordable Online Colleges

Ranked by low student-to-teacher ratios, excellent financial aid packages and high graduation rates, MSU Denver provides the most bang for your buck.

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2020 Military Times Best for Vets Colleges

MSU Denver is regularly ranked as a top school for serving those who serve, with 1,207 current and former military members on campus.

Top 5 Most Innovative Schools in the West

U.S. News & World Report has recognized MSU Denver for our innovative curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology and facilities.

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*Price shown is for a typical 12-credit hours semester based on the FY21-22 tuition and fee table; exact price is $4082.09 for in-state tuition with the College Opportunity Fund College Opportunity Fund (COF) applied. Price shown does not include books & supplies, transportation, health insurance, room & board, fees for specialized courses and labs, and other expenses that may be a part of the cost of your education.