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E-Learning Instructional Design


Building skills in developing and delivering online learning are integral to addressing the task of training online. As companies increasingly recognize the value of online learning, training functions must keep pace with advances in instructional methodologies and new technology. It is critical that training professionals remain up-to-date with changes to how training is produced and delivered.

This program includes topics on the methodology, skills, and techniques necessary for aligning e-learning strategies with business strategies. This program provides the foundation for today’s instructional development that focuses on aligning skills and knowledge needed to achieve organizational strategic goals and objectives. Content also provides the knowledge and skills for planning and designing e-learning instruction in training areas to match today’s varied company business needs based on identifiable learning objectives, rapid authoring tools, content requirements, and outcomes.

Who Should Enroll

This program is designed for:

  • Instructional designers
  • Individuals seeking a career change or position within the e-learning instructional design field
  • Training managers or coordinators
  • Human resources professionals
  • Professionals who have taken on a training role within their department

Career Insight

Occupational summary for Training and Development Specialists in the U.S. Source: Lightcast™ 2022

Annual Job Openings
Projected Growth
Salary for Highly Experienced Professionals
(Median Salary $62k)

Program Benefits

  • Explain the differences between traditional and online learning instruction
  • Construct and deploy an online lesson and incorporate e-learning technologies
  • Analyze the management and cost issues associated with deploying online instruction
  • Compare and contrast popular rapid authoring tools
  • Explore current learning theories incorporating principles of the traditional ADDIE and more contemporary rapid prototype models
  • Exhibit knowledge, skills, and creativity related to e-learning instructional design in the practicum course
Graduate Kimberly Goh discusses how beneficial the education was to her career and how valuable the connections she made with instructors and fellow students were throughout the program and beyond.

Course Schedule

Required Courses

EDUC X416.18
Principles of E-Learning Instructional Design (2.50 Units)
EDUC X416.18
Online Online to be scheduled to be scheduled
Exploring E-Learning Development Tools (2.50 Units)
Online Online to be scheduled to be scheduled
EDUC X417.1
Designing and Developing Interactive E-Learning Courses (2.50 Units)
EDUC X417.1
  Online   to be scheduled
EDUC X417.2
Project Management for E-Learning Professionals (2.50 Units)
EDUC X417.2
Online   to be scheduled  
EDUC X417.3
E-Learning Evaluation and Assessment (2.50 Units)
EDUC X417.3
  Online   to be scheduled
EDUC X417.4
E-Learning Instructional Design Practicum (2.50 Units)
EDUC X417.4
Online   to be scheduled  

Elective Courses

E-Learning Instructional Design
EDUC 817
Creating Your Online E-Learning Portfolio (1.50 CEU)
EDUC 817

Course schedules are subject to change. Individual courses may be taken without enrolling in the full program.

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Academic Calendar

Event Winter 2023 Spring 2023 Summer 2023 Fall 2023
Registration Begins (after 2pm PT) Oct 20 Jan 19 Apr 20 Jul 13
Courses Begin* (week of) Jan 3 Mar 27 Jun 20 Sep 25
Courses End* (week of) Mar 13 Jun 5 Sep 5 Dec 11
Administrative Holidays Dec 22-31, Jan 1-3, Jan 16, Feb 20 Mar 31, May 29 Jun 19, Jul 4, Sep 4 Nov 10, Nov 23-24, Dec 25-26, Jan 1-2

*Actual dates may vary by program.


Earn an Alternative Digital Credential

Successful completion of a qualifying assignment within select E-Learning Instructional Design courses offers you the opportunity to earn an Alternative Digital Credential (ADC). Also referred to as a digital badge, an ADC is a virtual record of specific skills and competencies you have acquired and provides a verifiable way for you to share your educational achievements with employers, colleagues and others via social platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Explore the criteria necessary to earn an ADC in:

Learn more about Alternative Digital Credentials and how they can help you demonstrate your commitment to professional development and distinguish yourself in a competitive job market.

*Courses completed prior to indicated dates are not eligible for a badge.

Learn How To Earn Your CertificateCertificate Eligibility and Requirements

A certificate is awarded upon completion of six required courses (a total of 15 units) with a letter grade of “C” or better. To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy with a non-refundable $125 application fee. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the digital certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Transfer Credit

University of San Diego

Students who complete the E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate Program (with a grade of “B” or better in each course) may be eligible to transfer credits into University of San Diego’s Master’s Degree in Learning Design and Technology.

Career Advancement Network (CAN)

We are proud to provide our certificate students and alumni with newly enhanced career services that include one-on-one coaching, technology tools, webinars and workshops, networking events, mentorship/internship opportunities, and a rich collection of free online career resources. Learn more.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much does the program cost?
  • Each course costs $680 USD due at the time of enrollment (pricing subject to change). There is also a one-time candidacy declaration fee of $125, to be paid prior to your third class. Therefore, the entire program costs $4,205. Please keep in mind that this cost does not include textbooks, which some of our instructors do require. Textbook information for specific courses can be found on our website on the enrollment page. You may order books from a third party vendor such as If you are an international student, be sure to order your textbooks well in advance of the start date of your online course to allow time for international shipping. Also, students may need to purchase an e-learning development tool which is an additional expense (see EDUC X417.4 E-Learning Instructional Design Practicum software requirements).
  • How long will it take me to complete the entire program?
  • Most students complete two courses per quarter and are finished in 9 months. You can take as many simultaneous courses as you wish, but we strongly recommend starting with one or two to ensure you have the necessary time to devote to the course(s).
  • Do I have to apply and be accepted before I start?
  • No. Since UCI Division of Continuing Education (DCE) is the continuing education unit of the university, there are no academic requirements needed to apply for the certificate program, however, the coursework is at a post-baccalaureate level.
  • What is the “declaration of candidacy”? When do I have to complete it?
  • The declaration of candidacy can be thought of as declaring your major for the certificate program. This lets our student services know that you intend to complete the entire program, and puts you on track for the certificate when you have completed all requirements. We strongly recommend that you complete the declaration of candidacy and pay the applicable fee prior to enrolling into your third class.
  • Where can I find the course schedule? Do I have to take the classes in order?
  • The course schedule can be found here. We recommend that students take courses in the sequence listed on the course schedule. We do not advise taking more than two courses per quarter. We highly recommend that individuals start with EDUC X416.18 Principles of E-Learning Instructional Design. The only course that follows a strict schedule is the Practicum course. In order to be eligible for that course, students must have already completed all required courses.
  • Can I complete the entire program online?
  • Yes, this is a fully online program.
  • I’ve never taken an online class. How does it work?
  • All of our classes run asynchronously, meaning classes are not in “real time” and you can access the content 24 hours a day. Still, each course has a specific start and end date and students must complete assignments by the deadlines listed in the course syllabus in order to earn credit. The courses are structured week-to-week, from Monday to Sunday, and you are expected to log in multiple times during the week to keep up with class discussions and assignments.
  • I am an international student / I am located overseas – am I able to enroll?
  • Yes. As an open-enrollment program, international students are welcome in the program. As listed on our website, all certificate programs at UCI DCE (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation. We find that students cannot truly benefit from the online program without a strong command of verbal and written English skills. More specifically, non-native English speakers interested in our certificate program should score a minimum TOEFL score of 600 (100 for the Internet-based test). You are not required to have a student visa while taking online courses from your home county.
  • Do you offer job placement at the end of the program?
  • No. While UCI DCE does not offer placement services, our certificate certainly puts you in a good position to find employment. Additionally, the networking to be done in the class can also be invaluable. Our advisors, instructors, and a good number of our students, are current professionals in the e-learning instructional design field, and are an excellent resource for hiring trends and opportunities.
  • Is UC Irvine Division of Continuing Education an accredited institution?
  • Yes. We are affiliated with the University of California system of schools, and are accredited through WASC. DCE programs are all approved by the respective school within UCI. For more information, please see UCI Accreditation.
  • I can’t find the answer to my question.
  • If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Claire Alkire at or (949) 824-5592.

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Advisory Committee

  • Tim Buteyn, President, ThinkingKap Learning Solutions, Inc.
  • William Corwin, Senior Manager, Online Learning and Instructional Design, Experian
  • Janet DiVincenzo, Instructional Designer, UCI Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation
  • Ann Kwinn, Instructional Design and Quality Control Specialist, UCR Extension
  • Dawn J. Mahoney, CPTD, Learning Experience & Strategy Leader, Learning In the White Space
  • Dave Ragan, Senior Manager, Learning & Development, TikTok
  • Christy Tucker, Learning Design Consultant, Syniad Learning
  • Danielle Watkins, Chief Learning Experience Officer, Zenith Performance Solutions

On-site Training Available

Our Corporate Training specialists can deliver this program or customize one that fits your organization’s specific needs. Visit Corporate Training or call (949) 824-1847 for information.

English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.

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Association for Talent Development Los Angeles Chapter, San Diego Chapter and Orange County Chapter members may receive a 10% discount.

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