Boost your career by gaining the skills and knowledge to excel in the design and development of innovative online learning experiences for education or business.

In the online graduate certificate in learning design and technology program at University of Maryland University College, you will apply learning theory, emerging technologies, and contemporary design models to design, create, and publish effective online courses. Additionally, the program explores project management for designers, legal issues, and the learning design thinking approach to manage the design cycle.

This program will provide you with a broad instructional design framework and technical skills to create engaging online learning experiences for education and business.

These program requirements are for students who enroll in the 2018–2019 academic year. For prior year academic requirements, visit the catalog archive in the Current Students section.

About the Learning Design and Technology Graduate Certificate

The learning design and technology graduate certificate curriculum features emerging topics in the field and real world projects to provide you with up-to-date, career-focused experience, so what you're learning is on the cutting edge of instructional design.

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

  • Apply current research of learning theory and instructional design to design and implement optimized online learning experiences
  • Create authentic performance-based assessments
  • Select and design digital media and infuse interactive technologies to support learner engagement
  • Apply project management techniques and learning design to lead the instructional design process
  • Utilize your personal learning network to continue learning and developing as a learning designer

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Synthesize learning theories to develop a philosophy of learning design
  • Write a whitepaper on 21st century learning
  • Apply learning design models to create a course design document
  • Develop and publish engaging multimedia resources
  • Create infographics
  • Develop and publish an online course
  • Develop a professional learning network to continue professional growth after the completion of this program
  • Publish a professional portfolio

Learning Design and Technology Graduate Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

  • DCL 600
  • LDT 610
  • LDT 620

All courses must be taken in the order listed. 

You must complete each course with a grade of B or better to advance to the next course. The grade of C is not available for these courses.

Overall Certificate Requirements

  • To pursue a certificate program, you must be admitted as a UMUC student.
  • You are responsible for notifying UMUC of your intention to complete certificate work before completion of your last course.
  • If you apply credits from your graduate certificate to a related master's degree, then you must apply for your certificate once you have completed its requirements before finishing the master's requirements.
  • All required coursework for the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of B (3.0). Certificate courses cannot be taken pass/fail.
  • All graduate certificate requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years. Any transfer credits, if applicable, must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate certificate.

Career Preparation

This program is designed to help prepare you for management work in security risk assessments, operational recovery, and strategy development to protect people, facilities, and critical infrastructure.