Certificate in Instructional Design in Professional Practice


To be considered for admission to the program, applicants must meet the following:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or its overseas equivalent; and
  2. A grade point average of at least 2.750 based upon the last 60 credit hours of coursework (or nearest semester or term break to this), including any postbachelor's graduate work. Students who do not meet the 2.750 grade point average requirement may be admitted to this category on probation if reasonable evidence exists to indicate their ability to perform satisfactorily in 800-level or above coursework.

Current graduate students of WSU should complete the Declaration of Intent to Pursue a Graduate Certificate form through the Graduate School website. The admission review faculty may request any of the listed admission requirements before rendering an admission decision the request.

Program Requirements 

The instructional design in professional practice graduate certificate (15 credit hours) is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to design and implement effective, efficient and engaging instruction, from assessing learners’ needs to designing/developing appropriate materials and to evaluating instruction. Students will be able to apply learning theories, instructional design models and principles, and experiences gained through coursework to lead the instructional design process in diverse organizational settings. Besides, this program not only allows students to earn a powerful career credential but also complete a significant portion of a full Master’s of Education in learning and instructional design program.

In addition to these requirements, students must meet the Graduate School’s requirements in order to earn this certificate.

Course Title Hours
Required Courses (courses already exist within the MEd in learning and instructional design)
CI 795Change, Creativity and Innovation3
CI 880Learning Theory and Curriculum Design3
CI 884Inquiry Into Instructional Practice: Part 13
CI 885Inquiry Into Instructional Practice: Part 23
CI 893Instructional Leadership: Professionalism and Collaboration3
Total Credit Hours15