Certificate in E-Learning Instructional Design

Create and Conduct Engaging E-Learning Experiences


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 7 - 8 months
  • Times: Flexible, Evenings, Days
  • Cost: $5,100

Next start date:

September 30, 2024

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About this Program

E-learning has gone mainstream. The impact of technology on learning and training is enormous at traditional educational institutions, large companies and small businesses alike. The resulting changes are accelerating as the spread of high-speed internet access and powerful tech devices create a high demand for experienced professionals in this field.

In this four-course certificate program, you’ll get a complete immersion in the art and science of e-learning and instructional design. We’ll cover the essentials of e-learning and the tools and techniques for developing and managing courses and programs. You’ll explore different ways to assess program quality and effectiveness. It all comes together in a final special project that you can add to your professional portfolio. 

Related Article: How to Become an Instructional Designer


Professionals who work with e-learning content and those in education and training roles who want to enter the field. 

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Video Overview

Instructors for the Certificate in E-Learning Instructional Design explain how the program can help students forge a successful career in this growing field.

Duration: 03:35


  • Methods for selecting the appropriate technology and course structure
  • How to evaluate delivery formats for cost and efficiency, and troubleshoot scheduling, budgeting and planning challenges
  • Standard and emerging tools and technologies for creating, delivering and accessing course materials, including authoring with Articulate 360 Teams and best practices for harnessing generative AI
  • How to repurpose existing materials for interactivity and online delivery
  • Key concepts for quantitative and qualitative evaluation and assessment


You’ll produce your own e-learning curriculum or training module and give an online presentation of your work.

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You can earn a digital achievement badge for successfully completing this certificate program, as well as a separate badge for each course. These badges can be shared on LinkedIn and other social media sites. Learn more about digital badges.


You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the Scholarships page.

Career Stats


Alumni working in field

Sample Employers

Amazon, University of Washington, Microsoft, City of Seattle, various educational institutions


Projected job growth for training and development specialists in Washington state (2020-30)


Average salary for training and development specialists in Washington state (2023)


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Program Overview

We offer this program in two formats: a regular version consisting of four courses over three quarters, and an intensive version consisting of four courses over two quarters.

Learning Format

Online Asynchronous

Enjoy the flexibility of asynchronous learning with the structure of a regular course. With no real-time meetings, you’ll complete weekly assignments and interact with your class at times that work for you. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online Asynchronous

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