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Certificate in Instructional Design (ID)

If you are an experienced technical communicator who wishes to acquire focused competency in instructional design, the Department of Humanities Certificate in Instructional Design is for you.

What can I study?

This certificate teaches the core concepts, instructional methods, and assessment instruments for designing materials using various forms of text and visual media, computers and instructional techniques. The program consists of 15 credit hours (five required courses).

  • COM 424 Document Design OR
  • COM 528 Document Design
  • COM 525 User Experience Research and Evaluation
  • COM 530 Standards-Based Web Design
  • COM 535 Instructional Design
  • COM 542 Knowledge Management

What can I do after graduation?

Graduates of this certificate program can serve as information specialists to systematically design and develop instructional materials and training programs for businesses, individuals, health and education institutions, and government.

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What requirements exists for admittance?

You must have a four-year bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.5/4.0 and must be admitted as a graduate certificate student. Certificate students who later apply to one of the department’s M.S. programs or the Ph.D. program must meet the admission guidelines for that program. All coursework taken toward a certificate in technical communication or in instructional design and passed with a grade of "B" or better may also be applied to the M.S. in Technical Communication and Information Design or the M.S. in Information Architecture (if you’re admitted to one of those programs), as long as those courses were not applied to another degree.

How can I learn more?

Get in touch: For more information, contact Matt Bauer, director of graduate studies, or call our office at 312.567.3465.

Plan a visit: Come visit us on campus! Our office is located at 218 Siegel Hall, 3301 S. Dearborn, in Chicago, IL 60616.

Apply: To get started on your application visit admissions.