Instructional Design Certificate Technical Certificate

For Fall Term 2021, we are offering in-person, hybrid, remote and online courses.  
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Traditional face-to-face classes held on campus on set days and times. Masks/cloth face coverings and other precautions are strongly recommended.

The Instructional Design Certificate at Seminole State is tailored for educators, trainers and other professionals. This 15-credit, online program provides the knowledge you need to design, develop, facilitate and evaluate instruction.

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Getting Started: Fall Term 2021

June 14:  Financial Aid


Aug. 16:  Application


Aug. 23:  Classes Begin

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Why Seminole State?

  • Dedicated faculty: Faculty are "scholar-practitioners" with industry experience as well as academic credentials.  
  • Affordable tuition: Seminole State has significantly lower costs than Florida's universities.
  • Industry involvement: Our industry-focused certificate programs offer excellent connections to Central Florida employers.
  • Hands-on experience: Practical, hands-on learning experiences prepare students to apply their knowledge to real-world situations.
  • Continuing education: Many credits earned in certificate programs can be applied toward an Associate in Science (A.S.) or bachelor's degree at Seminole State. 
  • Career advancement: Graduates are prepared for immediate entry into the workforce upon certificate completion.

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This certificate program has
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Instructional Design
Type: Technical Certificate
Major Code: INSDSGN-CC
CIP: 0609070211
Educational Pathway: INSDSGN-CC

Program Description

Available Course Course Not Offered Fall 2021
This course examines instruction and how it is effectively delivered online. Students will explore technologies, processes and products of distance education with emphasis on eLearning. Students will learn practical applications of instructional theories related to virtual and online participatory learning environments. Planning and project management for developing online learning materials and facilitating online classes will be covered. Designed for K-12 and higher education instructors and administrators as well as trainers and instructional designers from other professional settings. The course focuses on the interpretation and application of theory, research and standards-based effective practice to the design, development, facilitation and evaluation of distance education experiences.
This course focuses on the application of instructional design principles to the development of instruction. Topics include contemporary issues and trends in instructional design, requirements for instruction, task and needs analysis, learning situations and instructional models, learner characteristics and assessing instructional outcomes. Students will plan and create online instructional materials using the instructional design process.
This course covers the application of instructional design principles for the use of technology to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in the classroom. The course includes hands-on experience with educational media, emerging technologies and hardware, software and peripheral for the personal computer as well as data-driven decision-making processes. Identification of appropriate software for classroom applications, classroom procedures for integrating technologies with emphasis on legal and ethical use and effective instructional strategies for teachers and students with regard to research, analysis and demonstration of technology will be covered. Students will be provided with an overview of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices, Common Core State Standards and the National Educational Technology Standards.

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This course critically examines the developmental stages and characteristics of individuals from infancy through adolescence with application to learners in educational settings.
This course examines the unique nature of the adult learner in higher education. Emphasis will be placed upon theories of cognitive and social learning theories in adult learning. Models and processes for course design appropriate to the adult setting will be presented. Content includes selection and design of goals, objectives and outcomes, teaching and learning activities and assessment strategies to create courses that foster learning. An overview of established training principles and practices will be provided. Learning style theory will be applied in the adult setting as well as evaluation tools for determining the success of instruction to adults. To promote students' participation and interest, educators will learn to use games and competitions to motivate and engage students.
This course is an introduction to the principles and theories of psychology as applied to the process of education. Topics of study include psychological perspectives of education, learning theory and critical evaluation of the psychology of education.

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This course provides practical knowledge of project management as related to instructional design projects. Project management processes examined include all aspects required for the instructional design life cycle, including project initiation, planning, execution and closeout. Evaluation of project management knowledge and processes enables students to replicate the learning to their own real world course development.
This course covers the application of instructional principles for the effective use of social media tools to enhance the quality of teaching and learning online and in the classroom. This course focuses on best practices for informal learning in relation to various social media forms and addresses how mass media has been used in learning settings to convey information and promote understanding and change. The course includes hands-on experience with social media tools, emerging trends and best practices for using social media in the educational environment. Identification of appropriate social media tools for classroom applications, classroom procedures for integrating technologies with emphasis on legal and ethical use and effective instructional strategies for teachers and students with regard to social media will be covered. Students will use a variety of social software and Web 2.0 applications.
This course provides an overview of the theory and practice of managing any project in any organization. The fundamental building blocks of project management are addressed, including project planning, organizing, team building and effective control mechanisms. Students will be introduced to entrepreneurship and its role in corporate projects. Students gain a solid understanding and foundation to successfully manage each phase of the project life cycle, work within organizational and cost constraints, set goals lined directly to stakeholder needs and utilize proven management tools to complete the project on time and within budget. Students apply the essential concepts, processes and techniques that are used in the management of large scale governmental or commercial programs. The key management aspects and proven techniques that differentiate project management from other types of management are fully addressed.
Total Credits: 15

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Tuition and Fees

 Technical Certificate12 Credits18 Credits24 Credits28 Credits
Tuition and Fees$1,253$1,879$2,505$2,923
Books and Supplies$1,000$1,ooo$1,000$1,000
Total$2,253$2,879$3,505$3,923

For more information on Seminole State's tuition and fees, please see the 2020-21 fee schedule.

* Tuition costs are based on Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 terms, with an equal number of credit hours per term for in-state students. Lab fees and other fees that may be assessed at the time of registration may be viewed in the College fee schedule. As Seminole State is a commuter college with no residence halls on its campuses, costs for room and board are not calculated.

Program Benefits

  • Affordable tuition 
  • Small classes taught by credentialed and experienced faculty
  • Increased earning potential
  • Project-based courses
  • Focus on technology and emerging topics in education
  • Job search assistance from our Career Development Center

Career Opportunities

This program prepares you to advance your career in a number of settings, including K-12, higher education, corporate, healthcare, non-profit, military and government. Flexible project assignments can be adapted to many relevant professions such as:

  • Corporate trainer
  • Curriculum and instruction director
  • Curriculum coordinator/specialist
  • Educator
  • Instructional designer
  • Instructor
  • Online course designer
  • Project manager

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