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Undergraduate Certificate inDigital Instructional Architecture

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Digital Instructional Design Can Be Your Blueprint for Success

The infusion of 21st- century technology has revolutionized how we people learn, resulting in a demand for individuals who can navigate and create engaging and meaningful educational experiences for others through digital and online mediums. Instructional architects might also:

  • Implement and analyze digital instructional design techniques and tools.
  • Support strategic training and development goals to drive organizational success.
  • Measure the effectiveness of a variety of teaching methods.
  • Transfer your knowledge to diverse audiences.

Career Outlook

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the projected job growth for training and development is faster than average through 2026.
    Organizations need to continually train and develop employees.
    $57,760 to $184,990 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    Potential job titles currently held by professionals with advanced education in digital instructional architecture.


The Graduate Certificate in Digital Instructional Architecture is designed for modern learners who want to broaden their skills in instructional design and program development in the technology-driven online-learning environment. Students do not need prior instructional design experience, but they -- along with students who do have a formal background in education, training, or adult learning -- will gain an advanced understanding of designing and building effective, state-of-the-art online curriculum.

The program covers the spectrum of digital instructional modalities, including:

  • Practical, hands-on education technology training
  • Real-world knowledge application through internships
  • Analytical skills to tailor educational experience to the learner

The transcribable, nationally recognized certificate serves as a “stackable credential” to emphasize your expertise in the area. Continue working toward a master’s degree, or highlight the certificate as a testament to your investment in your professional future.

As an instructional designer, you can work in almost any industry because organizations need to continually train and develop their employees.

Learn Valuable Skills

As a student earning your Graduate Certificate in Digital Instructional Architecture, you get access to the complete field -- from technology assets available to curriculum development, implementation, and analytics.

Specific learning outcomes include the following:

  • Apply theoretical, technical, and project management skills to create and assess engaging online learning experiences.
  • Design, develop, analyze, and evaluate educational tools, programs, and systems to meet the needs of learners across industries and organizations.


This 12 credit hour stand-alone program consists of four three-credit courses.

  • ISD500: Advanced Theory of Instructional Design and Architecture

    In this course, students will select and apply the most appropriate instructional design model to create compelling, accessible, and engaging courses in the ever-changing landscape of online learning. Students will analyze modern learning theories, case studies, instructional design models, and accessibility considerations with the goal of developing learning solutions that best meet the needs of a diverse and digital audience.

  • ISD501: Design and Project Management for Instructional Architects

    In this course and associated practicum, students will apply design models, learn how to manage course development projects, and apply effective communication and collaboration skills. Students will work together to produce learning experiences using modern media and technologies, apply instructional design theories and frameworks, and actively participate in the planning and creation of online courses, content, or activities.

  • ISD502: Learning Technologies and Innovation

    In this course, students will critically examine the role of technology in the creation and innovation of learning experiences and apply selection criteria to choose effective tools to meet learning outcomes. Students assess or evaluate learning management systems, integrated learning tools, and the effective use of digital content, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, and virtual reality. Additionally, students will examine the relationships between technology, pedagogy, content, and social constructs, thereby building an understanding of how technology can support active and constructive learning.

  • ISD503: Course Development and Project Evaluation

    In this course and associated practicum, students will practice implementing learning tools and technologies, creating engaging and accessible assessments, and evaluating both the effectiveness of a course and the management of the overall project. Students will be active members of a design team and relied upon to make sound design and implementation recommendations.

* Accounting, Business Management, and Healthcare Administration and Management majors will take MKG330.

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We understand the sacrifice needed to invest in your education. Our promise to you is an affordable, high quality education with low tuition rates, no out-of-state premiums or student fees. Best of all, the CSU-Global Tuition Guarantee ensures that your tuition rates will not increase from enrollment thru graduation. Invest in your education, career, and future without breaking the bank.

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With 100% online classes that start monthly, you complete your coursework when it’s most convenient for you. No set class times or locations lets you continue to work full-time, take care of your family, travel the world, or whatever else you want while you invest in your education.

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