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Effective September 2017: The University of Kansas Edwards Campus is no longer accepting applications for admission to the graduate certificate in Instructional Design in Overland Park. However, the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies will continue to offer a Master’s degree in Educational Technology in Lawrence. More information on the program in Lawrence can be found here.

The Certificate
The Instructional Design Graduate Certificate at the KU Edwards Campus is interdisciplinary, drawing on the rich diversity of a major research university including the following KU departments: business, communications studies, design, electrical engineering, and computer science. This certificate program prepares graduates for careers in instructional design and learning technologies in academic, government, and corporate settings. 

Specifically designed for working professionals and recent college graduates, the certificate is intended for those who seek careers in the field of organizational development, and corporate training. It is also intended for those who are currently working in areas related to human resource management, government, and education.

The Opportunity
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the demand for instructional designers, will grow much faster than the average for all occupations. This is partly driven by the need for expertise in the design of blended and online learning systems and technology-enriched learning and performance assessments. The certificate program is designed in response to this workforce demand. It also addresses the importance of training and retaining institutional knowledge and talent.

Certificate Coursework
The certificate requires the successful completion of four, three-credit-hour courses:

  • ELPS 718 - Human Performance Technology (3 credit hours)
  • ELPS 720 - Social Media Technology (3 credit hours)
  • ELPS 814 - Design of Online Learning (3 credit hours)
  • ELPS 818 - Games and Simulations for Learning (3 credit hours)

Highly-qualified faculty and professionals from the field bring extensive knowledge and practical hands-on experiences to the classroom. Classes and on-site student services are offered in the evenings at KU in Overland Park at the Edwards Campus to accommodate the working adult. Courses are located in the new LEED-compliant BEST Building with state-of-the-art facilities. Classes also have a significant online component where students can access course content and schedules while building a comprehensive ePortfolio that becomes a useful career-building tool.  

To be considered for admission to the Instructional Design Graduate Certificate program, prospective students must have completed a Bachelor’s degree with a GPA greater than 3.0. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 should contact an admissions advisor for information about provisional admissions.

Application Deadlines
Apply before July 15 to begin in the Fall Semester
Apply before December 15 to begin in the Spring Semester
Apply before April 1 to begin in the Summer Semester

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