The Certificate in Instructional Technology Design
The graduate program in instructional design offers a 15-credit certificate program in instructional technology design to meet the increasing challenges created by the highly evolving education technology and training needs of academic, corporate, and public educators.
Through online course work, this certificate program provides students with the opportunity to design and produce computer-mediated and web-enhanced learning, as well as interactive multi-media materials, and to make effective use of instructional technology in training or course development. Students apply instructional design principles, educational technology, and adult learning theories while developing engaging and high-quality instructional materials for a variety of learning challenges.
Students pursuing the certificate program in instructional technology design may take all the courses required for the certificate online; they may also choose to combine online courses with blended courses.
Online courses are designed to have thirteen class sessions. Students have a week to access the material for each class and to complete the assignments. Synchronous meetings may also be built into online course design using web-conferencing tools.
Students seeking the certificate take a total of five (5) courses (15 graduate credits), which offer them practical experience with the kinds of eLearning technology commonly used for online and blended educational material. As well, students explore the utilization of educational technologies in instructional strategies, techniques in project management, project proposal, audience assessment, and design phases of technology-based instructional development.
Admission requirements for the Certificate of Instructional Technology Design are the same as for the MEd program. Please refer back to the general statement of admission requirements as stated for the Instructional Design, MEd .
The program is also open to students currently matriculated in any UMass Boston graduate program. They may enroll in the program after consulting with academic advisors in their own programs and should submit a statement of purpose to the graduate program director.
Students are required to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout their full program of study.