Instructional Design Certificate

MasterTrack™ Certificate in Instructional Design

Learn MoreLaunch your instructional design career in four months with a two-course training program. In partnership with Coursera, we are offering an MasterTrack™ Certificate in Instructional Design that will provide you with the sought-after skills needed in the growing field of instructional design. 

Solve real-world educational challenges and integrate technology with today’s learning environments. 

  • Learn to identify and apply the elements of a systematic design process
  • Understand the language and terminology pertinent to the design of learning systems
  • Identify major elements of instructional and learning system design models
  • Analyze design models and theories against intended learning objectives
  • Select design models and theories based on intended learning objectives
  • Apply design models and theories to improve existing learning systems



Program Cost 

$2,316.00 (this includes the Coursera ID Verification fees)

Note: Once you register, you will pay the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for each MOOC-based HRD course when registration for the semester is open. You will pay Coursera directly for the  Coursera ID Verification fees of $158.00/course once you enter the Coursera platform.  Current Degree Seeking Students - If you are a current degree seeking student**, you will need department approval and will be assessed at your current tuition rate plus the Coursera ID Verification fees.


Course Schedule

Fall 2018 Start Date  

HRD 411 MTC (The inaugural cohort has reached maximum capacity. See note below.)
Enrollment Opens: July 16, 2018
Last Day to Apply: October 6, 2018
First Day of Classes: October 22, 2018
Last Day of Class: December 14, 2018
Final Assignment Due: December 19, 2018
Weekly Live Video Session: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CST


only available to students that have successfully completed the HRD MTC 411) 
Enrollment Opens: November 19, 2018
Last Day to Apply: January 2, 2019
First Day of Classes: January 14, 2019
Last Day of Class: March 8, 2019
Final Assignment Due: March 7, 2019
Weekly Live Video Session: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CST

Spring 2019 Start Date  
First Day of Classes: March 11, 2019
Course Registration opens on November 12, 2018 at 12:00 noon cst.
Weekly Live Video Session: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm CST

First Day of Classes: June 10, 2019

Summer 2019 Start Date
First Day of Classes: May 13, 2019

First Day of Classes: June 10, 2019

Interested in a Future offering? 
Please sign up to receive more information and we will contact you when the next session dates are announced.

Live Video Sessions

The Instructional Design MasterTrack Certificate program includes weekly live video sessions on Thursdays from 6:00 - 8:00 pm CST. These sessions are required and are designed for you to interact with your course instructors and peers synchronously for enriched learning experiences. For occasional conflicts, you can contact the course instructor in advance for information on missed activities and how to access the recording.

How to Enroll

View enrollment steps and enroll today.  

After completing the Coursera MasterTrack™ Certificate in Instructional Design, can I apply for a master’s degree online?

Yes, upon completion of the MasterTrack™ Certificate you may apply to one of our master's degree programs. If accepted, you can transfer credits earned as part of the MasterTrack Certificate into the online EdM or EdD in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership degree, with a concentration in one of the following areas: Diversity and Equity in Education, Global Studies in Education, Human Resource Development, and Learning Design and Leadership. For more information on these programs and the application process, please complete this short form and select the concentration of interest.

Frequently Asked Questions for Current Degree Seeking Students

**Current students enrolled in online or off-campus programs offered by the College of Education may take a MasterTrack course but will be assessed at your current degree program tuition rate and will be responsible for paying the Coursera ID Verification fee of $158.00 per course. Please visit the program page for the full list of FAQs.

Dr. Mila Thomas Fuller
Assistant Director of Online Programs