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Instructional Systems Development

Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Instructional Systems Development

These certificates are designed for professionals working in business, industry and education who are in search of new and innovative strategies to meet the training needs of their organization. Each of the 12-credit certificates can be completed within a year. They also are an excellent way for career changers to break into the training field.

Benefits of Instructional Systems Development Certificate

These certificates are ideal for working professionals and subject matter experts who are interested in enhancing their skills or gaining specialized knowledge in a particular area without pursuing a full Master's program. They are also ideal for career changers who want to get started in the field quickly.

Certificate Options:

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Instructional Technology (12 credits)

This certificate is designed for multi-media developers, instructional technologists, instructional designers and trainers interested in learning the latest multimedia and web-based development tools used to create computer and web-based instruction.

  • EDUC 602: Instructional Systems Development I +
  • EDUC 681: Survey of Instructional Technology Applications *
  • EDUC 682: Instructional Technology Design and Development *
  • EDUC 683: Multi-Media Project Management *
Certificate In Instructional Technology Online Program Schedule
FALL SPRING SUMMER
602 602 602
681 681 681
682 682
683 683
All courses online

*The Instructional Technology courses require students to purchase (or already own) Captivate software. The current semester's Captivate version requirement may be found on the Textbooks and Materials page.

+ You must take an ISD section of the course to receive the certificate.

Gainful Employment

This academic program is a participant in the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment program.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Instructional Systems Development (12 credits)

This certificate provides the student with a systematic model for creating instruction. Students examine the various phases in the instructional design model and how it is used in developing and managing training and educational activities. The courses provide both theory and practical experience which are applicable to business and industry training, education and public service.

Students have the option to complete this certificate completely online.

  • EDUC 602: Instructional Systems Development I+ 
  • EDUC 603: Instructional Systems Development II 
  • EDUC 605: Adult Learner 
  • EDUC 671: Principles of Training and Development
Certificate In Instructional Systems Development Class Schedule *
FALL SPRING SUMMER
602 602 602
603 603 603
605 605 605
671 671 671**
*Unless noted otherwise, all courses online
**EDUC 671 is only offered in-person for the summer

+ You must take an ISD section of the course to receive the certificate.

Gainful Employment

This academic program is a participant in the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment program.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Distance Education (12 credits)

As it becomes more costly to deliver face-to-face instruction, trainers and educators are seeking technologically mediated environments to distribute training and development. With this certificate, students learn the theoretical principles and practical applications of designing effective online training and instruction for both corporate and educational settings.

This certificate is offered completely online.

  • EDUC 602: Instructional Systems Development I +
  • EDUC 641: The Online Classroom
  • EDUC 643: Principles of Distance Education
  • EDUC 647: Corporate Distance Training
Certificate In Distance Education Online Program Schedule *
FALL SPRING SUMMER
602 602 602
647 643 641
*Online program only

+ You must take an ISD section of the course to receive the certificate.

Gainful Employment

This academic program is a participant in the U.S. Department of Education Gainful Employment program.

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Instructional Design for E-Learning (12 credits)

This joint certificate is being offered through UMBC and University of Maryland University College (UMUC). Courses combined from the two institutions lead to the Instructional Design for E-Learning certificate.

This certificate provides knowledge and skills in the field of course design, development and delivery at a distance, with a focus on E-Learning. Students will take four courses covering topics in the areas of training at a distance, the use of technology in distance education, and instructional design.

Beginning with the fall 2015 semester, UMUC is discontinuing all certificates in their Master of Distance Education program, including the Instructional Design for E-Learning certificate. Students who are currently enrolled in the joint certificate may complete their work, but no new students will be accepted for the certificate. UMBC will continue to offer their two courses. Students who previously enrolled in the joint certificate should contact UMUC for information on their courses.

Required Courses
At UMBC:
At UMUC:
  • OMDE 603: Technology in Distance Education and E-Learning (3 credits)
  • DETT 621: Online Learning and Development in the Workplace (3 credits)
  • UCSP 615: Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0 credits)
    (Only students who have UMUC as their home school must successfully complete this course).

Students must apply to either UMBC or UMUC, for admission to this certificate program. Once admitted to their home institution, students would take courses at the other institution as a visiting student. Courses from the other institution will be treated as transfer credit at their home institution, leading to the joint certificate. The home institution will issue the certificate diploma.

Students must complete an Inter-Institutional Enrollment form when they are going to take courses away from their home. Please contact Renee Eisenhuth, reisen@umbc.edu prior to submitting your Inter-Institutional Enrollment form. 

Students are charged tuition from the institution where they are taking courses.



Academic Standards

Students must earn a grade of “B” or higher in their first six credits.  Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average (“B”) to graduate.  If students do not maintain a 3.0 GPA their matriculation in the program may be discontinued.

For more details on policies and procedures relating to the Instructional Design certificate, visit the UMBC Graduate School website.



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