This program is no longer accepting applications.

As of fall 2015, no new applications will be accepted for this certificate. Current students should contact graduate advising to go over plans for completing the program requirements.

Joint Certificate in Instructional Design for E-Learning

This joint certificate is being offered through UMUC and University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). Courses combined from the two institutions lead to a certificate in Instructional Design for E-Learning.*

This certificate provides knowledge and skills in the field of course design, development, and delivery at a distance, with a focus on e-learning. It addresses the need of e-learning professionals, who are engaged in online course development and delivery. Students will take four courses covering topics in the areas of training at a distance, the use of technology in distance education, and instructional design. UMUC brings its expertise in distance education and technology, while UMBC brings it expertise in instructional design and course development.

Total Semester Hours: 12

Students must take the following courses:


  • EDUC 602 Instructional Systems Development I (3)
  • EDUC 603 Instructional Systems Development II (3)


  • UCSP 615 Orientation to Graduate Studies at UMUC (0) (Students who have UMUC as their home school must successfully complete this course within their first 6 credits of study.)
  • OMDE 603 Technology in Distance Education and E-learning (3)
  • DETT 621 Online Learning and Development in the Workplace (3)

* Students wishing to earn the certificate must apply to either UMBC or UMUC for admission to the certificate program. Once admitted, students may take courses at the other institution as a visiting student. Courses from the other institution will be treated as transfer credit at their home institution, leading to the joint certificate.