Instructional Design and Educational Technology

The Graduate Certificate for Instructional Design & Educational Technology intended to provide learning designers and educators with core knowledge about the processes involved in the design, development and integration of technology-based instructional media, methods and systems. This certificate will provide educators with foundational knowledge about the instructional design process by integrating research from behavioral psychology, cognitive psychology, learning theories, arts-based and critical/cultural theoretical perspectives of teaching and learning. Through the sequence of courses, learners will integrate the theoretical foundations within the methods of design, integration, and evaluation. This certificate is appropriate for both teacher practitioners seeking professional development and individuals who aspire to hold positions that require knowledge of instructional design for education and training.


The certificate provides a coherent set of three core graduate-level courses as well as the choice of two electives to allow students to cater to their individual career interest.

For course planning purposes, know that 631, 632, 633, and 636 are typically offered in the summer semester. EDP 643 is typically offered in the fall and EDP 583 and 637 are offered in the spring. Pending prior experience in teaching and instructional design, we recommend taking EDP 631 and 632 prior to other courses.

Course Requirements

Student Learning Outcomes

• Students will be able to identify and discuss the foundations of diverse disciplines that inform instructional design.

• Students will be able to conduct a needs analysis of a learning environment and targeted learners.

• Students will be able to design and develop instructional systems, methods, and media for meaningful learning.

• Students will be able to conduct formative and summative evaluations of design.


The Instructional Design and Educational Technology certificate is available to current and newly admitted Miami graduate students, without regard to their degree-seeking status. Current Miami degree-seekers (including combined degree students) apply using the link on the Graduate Certificate webpage. All other applicants apply using the Graduate School's application. Students must be admitted to the certificate program prior to taking courses for certification.

Non-Degree/Graduate Certificate applicants must list their undergraduate institution, degree, and other relevant information. They must also have earned at least a 3.0 cumulative undergraduate degree GPA. Degree-seeking (Masters, Doctoral) applicants must list in chronological order all colleges, universities and professional schools attended (include courses taken and degrees earned at Miami University). On page 3 of the application, applicants will be required to upload transcripts from each institution. Degree-seekers must fulfill all admission requirements set forth on the Graduate School's admission page.

Please contact the certificate program director, Professor Michele Dickey for additional information.

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Tuition and Financial Assistance

Program tuition and fees are dependent upon residency, term, and course of study. Please visit the One Stop website for details regarding tuition and fees. 3 Miami University strives to help students afford a graduate education. Of particular assistance, the Teacher Education Access at Miami (TEAM) Scholarship provides professional educators a 50% tuition and fee reduction for graduate credit. Students may contact Miami’s One Stop office with any questions about financial aid. One Stop works with our students to help bring a Miami education within reach.