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E-Learning Instructional Design and Development Certificate

Earn this valuable Instructional Design Certificate credential in just ten months!


Save $240 when you enroll in the complete certificate series (waiver of $240 in individual course registration fees). 

Register today, and you'll gain instant admission in our popular five-course online series. Select our next-available cohort series starting at in May* and earn your certificate in less than eight months:

  • Exploring E-Learning Tools | June 20 - July 31, 2022
  • Developing and Implementing E-Learning | Aug. 8 - Sept. 18, 2022
  • E-Learning Assessment and Evaluation | Oct. 3 - Nov. 13. 2022
  • Designing Effective E-Learning | Nov. 21, 2022 - Jan. 1, 2023
  • E-learning Practicum | Jan. 2 - Feb. 12, 2023

* Choose from these and other options during registration. Hurry, space is limited. 


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. Register for the full series at one time and save $240, or enroll in courses on at a time. Click on class listings below for more details on each.

Note: 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.

Master's Degree in Learning Design and Technology

Upon completing this E-Learning Certificate, you can apply six units toward the University of San Diego's Master of Science in Learning Design and Technology.
The LDT program is fully designed to help you gain the skills, technical knowledge, and hands-on practice needed to achieve what lies ahead. 
There's never been a better time to be an instructional designer and the LDT program offers a practical curriculum addressing skills employers are looking for.  The degree program is built with the flexibility for working professionals to earn their master’s degree in just 20 months while working 100% online.
Essentially, by completing OSU's E-Learning Certificate, you will have a résumé worthy credential and you'll be closer to completing a full MS degree!
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Multiple dates (see below left)
Five-course series to complete the entire certificate
100% Online | Asynchronous
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Full Certificate: $2,635 $2,395
+ $60 non-refundable registration fee
Additional Information: 18 CEUs | 180 Hours

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E-Learning Certificate: Designing Effective E-Learning

Winter Dates
Nov. 21, 2022 - Jan. 1, 2023

E-Learning Certificate: Assessment and Evaluation

Fall Dates 2022
Oct. 3 - Nov. 13, 2022
Spring Dates 2023
Apr. 17 - May. 28, 2023

E-Learning Certificate: Developing and Implementing E-Learning

Fall Dates 2022
Aug. 8 - Sep. 18, 2022
Winter Dates 2023
Feb. 27 - Apr. 9, 2023

E-Learning Certificate: Exploring E-Learning Tools

Summer 2022
Jun. 20 - Jul. 31, 2022
Winter 2023
Jan. 9 - Feb. 19, 2023

E-Learning Certificate: Project Practicum

Summer 2022
Jun. 20 - Jul 31, 2022
Fall 2022
Sep. 12 – Oct. 23, 2022
Nov. 7 - Dec. 18, 2022
Winter 2023
Jan. 2 - Feb. 12, 2023
Feb. 27- Apr. 9, 2023

"​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

"Outstanding direction and guidance. The program facilitators and professors have been very helpful and responsive through out the entire Certification series. Perfect culmination of other classes in the series."

Rhonda Carr

"I am so grateful for the feedback CIndy (Etherton) gave me, both on assignments and when I emailed questions. Her comments were never lengthy, but they were enormously affirming and encouraging. It's amazing how a few simple, kindly worded sentences can give you the confidence to take risks, and the motivation to learn more. It was even more valuable than I expected it to be. The organization of the modules, the resources provided, and the nature of the assignments were all fantastic, and the feedback to and from peers was much more important than I would have guessed it would be. Excellent learning for an excellent value."

Judi Glaze

"It was even more valuable than I expected it to be. The organization of the modules, the resources provided, and the nature of the assignments were all fantastic, Excellent learning for an excellent value."

Judi Glaze


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.

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.

John Drischell

John Drischell is a university educator, serving as both an adjunct for the speech communication department and an instructional designer for the professional development of educators. While designing and delivering courses for eight years, he has taught across different institutions including the University of Pittsburgh, Clark College, and Oregon State University. He received his masters degree from Oregon State University in interdisciplinary studies focusing on communication and rhetoric. He holds certifications in APPQMR, Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Professional Faculty in eLearning (PFE) and several QM-certified courses (Quality Matters Review Board). John strives to enhance his online teaching strategies by bringing as much energy and realism into technology. Teaching from a student perspective has allowed him to focus on reflective learning, hybrid & blended course design, accessibility, and flexible approaches to maximize learning. 

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