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E-Learning Instructional Design and Development Certificate

Affordable, Accessible, 100% Online Program

To address growing demand for online education, Oregon State University's E-Learning Instructional Design and Development Certificate equips participants with the skills to enter - or advance in - the field of instructional design.

Developed by Oregon State University's College of Education, this comprehensive program provides you with broad exposure to principles and applications of e-learning. It offers research and practice-based insight into:

  • Developing effective e-learning courses
  • Using instructional technology to develop curriculum that motivates and engages the learner
  • Applying instructional design theories or models and building technical skills that apply to a variety of e-learning settings

You will learn proven strategies for designing online instruction in areas to match today’s varied educational and business needs.

E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate

This certificate series includes the following five component courses, which may be taken together or individually:

If you are new to instructional design, it is strongly recommended that you take the courses sequentially. Students must complete all other courses before beginning the E-Learning Practicum.

E-Learning Instructional Design Overview

  • Build relevant, pedagogically sound educational materials and programs for the internet using the latest developments in online educational theories and technology
  • Integrate a variety of multimedia technology tools to develop engaging, effective e-learning
  • Apply the components of effective e-learning instructional design, development, implementation and evaluation to creating projects and programs that effectively address learner needs, as well as organizational/business needs and goals
  • Drive advances in your school or business in the delivery of educational content and improvements in meeting learning outcomes for students and business training needs
  • Track, measure and evaluate the effectiveness of e-learning training on your personal and business goals

College Partners

This program is a collaboration between Oregon State University College of Education and Oregon State University Professional and Continuing Education.

Multiple dates
Five-course series to complete the entire certificate
price (2)
Full Certificate: $2,695
Individual Courses:
(registration cost includes a $60 non-refundable registration fee, per course)
Additional Information: 18 CEUs | 180 Hours


E-Learning Certificate: Designing Effective E-Learning

Winter Dates
Feb. 28 - Apr. 10, 2022
Spring Dates
Apr. 11 - May 22, 2022

E-Learning Certificate: Assessment and Evaluation

Winter Dates 2022
Feb. 28 - Apr. 10, 2022
Fall Dates 2022
Oct. 3 - Nov. 13, 2022

E-Learning Certificate: Developing and Implementing E-Learning

Winter Dates 2022
Jan. 3 - Feb. 13, 2022
Fall Dates 2022
Aug. 8 - Sep. 18, 2022

E-Learning Certificate: Exploring E-Learning Tools

Fall Dates
Nov. 1 - Dec. 12, 2021
Summer Dates 2022
Jun. 20 - Jul. 31, 2022

E-Learning Certificate: Project Practicum

Fall Dates
Nov. 1 - Dec. 12, 2021
Winter Dates 2022
Jan. 3 - Feb. 13, 2022
Spring Dates 2022
Mar. 28 - May 8, 2022

"​I would recommend this certification to all experience levels!

When I was researching programs and certifications in e-learning design, I found the OSU PACE program was a certification I could take while working. Once I began the courses I realized what a great deal the certification is! This program is very applicable and hands on. Theory was provided but then the expectation was to apply it.  The format and community was fabulous and a collaborative spirit was fostered by the instructors.  I learned as much from my peers as the instructors.

I took the certification to pursue a career change and most of the information was entirely new to me.  It was presented very clearly and I felt I received not only the foundations of e-learning design but also applicable skills I could utilize immediately. This certification program has been the best use of my time and money and I have successfully switched careers to a Staff Development Coordinator with the majority of my responsibilities in online curriculum development and design."

Cyndi Stelter


Jennifer Wyld

Dr. Jennifer Wyld has been involved in education for over 30 years and has worked with all ages, from preschool to graduate school students. She received a PhD from Oregon State University in Science and Math Education (with an emphasis on Free Choice Learning). For 8 years, she was part of the Synergies research project, a longitudinal study on adolescent STEM interest development.

Cindy Etherton

As an instructional designer and change agent, Cindy's interests range from technology to entrepreneurship. Cindy has always been inspired by the idea of “What if…”. It has continued to motivate her throughout her years as an educator of both children and adults helping her to push the boundaries of possibilities. You can find Cindy exploring her next “what if’s” with the help of her colleagues both on and offline.

Lynne Hindman, Ph.D.

Dr. Lynne Hindman is an educator and resourceful lifelong learner who values partnerships, teamwork, and building bridges across organizations. Certified PreK-12 school principal, tenured teacher, college administrator, university instructor, researcher, and community educator. Lynne has a Masters in Educational Leadership; Specialist in Ed. Administration; and a PhD in Adult & Higher Education with a specialty in Community College Leadership.

Josh Bancroft
E-Learning Instructional Design and Development Certificate

Josh Bancroft is a lifelong geek who taught himself to type in computer programs to play games when he was 5 years old, and has been fascinated by the intersection of learning and technology ever since. Josh has a Masters degreee in Adult Education and Organizational Development from Oregon State University, and works on software education and community initiatives in the Developer Relations group at Intel.

Past Students' Work

Take a look at some recent projects our students have created.