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Graduate Certificate in Digital Instructional Architecture

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Digital Instructional Design Can Be Your Blueprint for Success

The infusion of 21st-century technology has revolutionized how we learn, resulting in a demand for individuals who can create engaging and meaningful educational experiences for others through digital and online mediums. Instructional architects might also:

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Implement and analyze digital instructional design techniques and tools.

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Support strategic training and development goals to drive organizational success.

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Measure the effectiveness of a variety of teaching methods.

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Transfer knowledge to diverse audiences.


What will I learn in this certificate program?

The Graduate Certificate in Digital Instructional Architecture is designed for modern learners who want to broaden their skills in instructional design and program development in the technology-driven, online-learning environment. Students do not need prior instructional design experience, but they -- along with students who do have a formal background in education, training, or adult learning -- will gain an advanced understanding of designing and building effective, state-of-the-art online curriculum.

The program covers the spectrum of digital instructional modalities, including:

  • Practical, hands-on education technology training.
  • Real-world knowledge application through internships.
  • Analytical skills to tailor educational experience to the learner.

The transcribable, nationally recognized certificate serves as a stackable credential -- credits earned can count toward a future master’s degree.

As an instructional designer, you can work in almost any industry because organizations need to continually train and develop their employees.

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Courses in this Certificate

This 12 credit-hour, stand-alone program consists of four, three credit courses:

  • ISD500 Advanced Theory of Instructional Design and Architecture
    In this course, students will select and apply the most appropriate instructional design model to create compelling, accessible, and engaging courses in the ever-changing landscape of online learning. Students will analyze modern learning theories, case studies, instructional design models, and accessibility considerations with the goal of developing learning solutions that best meet the needs of a diverse and digital audience.
  • ISD501 Design and Project Management for Instructional Architects
    In this course and associated practicum, students will apply design models, learn how to manage course development projects, and apply effective communication and collaboration skills. Students will work together to produce learning experiences using modern media and technologies, apply instructional design theories and frameworks, and actively participate in the planning and creation of online courses, content, or activities.
  • ISD502 Learning Technologies and Innovation
    In this course, students will critically examine the role of technology in the creation and innovation of learning experiences and apply selection criteria to choose effective tools to meet learning outcomes. Students assess or evaluate learning management systems, integrated learning tools, and the effective use of digital content, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality. Additionally, students will examine the relationships between technology, pedagogy, content, and social constructs, thereby building an understanding of how technology can support active and constructive learning.
  • ISD503 Course Development and Project Evaluation
    In this course and associated practicum, students will practice implementing learning tools and technologies, creating engaging and accessible assessments, and evaluating both the effectiveness of a course and the management of the overall project. Students will be active members of a design team and relied upon to make sound design and implementation recommendations.

*Courses must be taken in sequence listed. Students can take ISD500 and ISD501 concurrently and ISD502 and ISD503 concurrently if they wish to accelerate certificate completion.


Regional accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) means your certificate comes from a top quality, trusted university.

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In the OnlineU Most Affordable Online Colleges - Military-Friendly ranking, CSU Global earns #8 for being both affordable and supporting miliary students and their families.

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Best Value Schools ranks CSU Global third in their Best Colleges in Colorado lineup.

Why You Should Earn Your Online Graduate Certificate

We understand that in today’s changing economy, stackable credentials are an important tool you can utilize immediately, while building credits toward a full degree. With a graduate certificate from CSU Global, you can prove proficiency in a specific subject with your stand-alone, transcribable, nationally recognized credentials. Get promoted or work toward a full degree. And with our Tuition Guarantee, your affordable tuition rate won’t increase over time.

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Learn Valuable Skills

As a student earning your Graduate Certificate in Digital Instructional Architecture, you will learn about modern technology assets, curriculum development, implementation, analytics, and more. Specific learning outcomes include the ability to do the following:

  • Apply theoretical, technical, and project management skills to create and assess engaging online learning experiences.
  • Design, develop, analyze, and evaluate educational tools, programs, and systems to meet the needs of learners across industries and organizations.

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