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Instructional Design and Technology Program (IDT)

E-Learning Graduate Certificate

Program Description

The e-Learning Graduate Certificate Program (15 credits) provides specialized knowledge in instructional design and e-Learning practices that utilize current and emerging technologies to meet education and training goals in schools, communities, government agencies, and corporate settings. Individuals seeking to enhance their e-Learning skill set grounded in instructional design best practices are encouraged to apply. Examples of the learning technologies and topics that you will encounter in the program include but are not limited to:

  • eLearning design applications such as Captivate, Articulate
  • Social media and digital collaboration applications, such as wikis, blogs, online polling, and RSS feeds
  • Virtual worlds such as Second Life, augmented reality and gaming applications
  • Visual design applications such as Adobe Creative Suite, Flash, Photoshop, Fireworks
  • Mobile learning and application development
  • Project management in instructional design

What makes this program unique?

  • Courses available totally online to meet the needs of students who find it difficult to attend our face-to-face courses
  • Focus on compliance with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA
  • Faculty with proven track record of experience and research in a variety of organizational and instructional settings
  • Entire program can be completed in one year
  • Hands-on engagement with leading-edge instructional technologies
  • One-on-one advising to facilitate success

Faculty Advisors

Course Requirements

Your advisor will assist you in determining a course sequence and delivery mode that best fits your needs. In general, if you are a beginner, it is recommended that you take EDIT 526: Web Accessibility and Design and EDIT 705: Instructional Design. The e-Learning courses may be offered at variable credit periodically throughout the semester. For a list of courses currently being offered go to patriotweb.gmu.edu.

Core Courses Required (9 credits)

Beginning Fall 2014 EDIT 706 replaces EDIT 526 as a required course.

Electives (Select 6 credits)


Total: 15 Credits

12 Credits Apply to the IDT MEd Concentration

Students who graduate from the e-Learning Graduate Certificate Program may apply 12 credits completed under the certificate program to the 30-credit Instructional Design and Technology MEd Program. The remaining 18 credits required must be completed while enrolled in the IDT master's program.

Non-degree Program

Individuals who have missed the deadline for submitting a complete graduate application and wish to begin taking courses may do so through the Non-degree Program. Up to 7 credits can be transferred from the Non-degree Program to the E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program. The application and deadline information for the Non-degree Program can be found at admissions.gmu.edu/nondegree