Online Executive Certificate In Instructional Design And Technology
Credit Hours
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the certificate total
Next Start Date
May 13, 2024
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Develop Advanced Learning Systems with Liberty’s Executive Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology

Instructional designers apply advanced research in teaching methods and technology to create better learning environments for K-12, university, and corporate settings. If you aren’t ready to pursue a full doctoral track but want to increase your career opportunities, Liberty University’s 100% online Executive Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology can help you get the advanced training you need.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, at Instructional Coordinators, 2020 (viewed online June 16, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

Even with extensive experience and graduate studies in instructional design, you may need to pursue a PhD in Education to advance your career to the highest level. Our Executive Certificate programs are designed to align with Liberty’s PhD programs. This format allows you to transfer the 21 credit hours from the Executive Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology into the PhD in Education – Instructional Design and Technology. You can build on your graduate studies and experience in learning technology while building toward your long-term academic goals.

Potential Careers with an Executive Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology

Our Executive Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology can help you prepare for several career paths. Depending on your current knowledge, education level, and experience, there are many different positions that could benefit from our accredited certificate:

  • Director of e-learning
  • Distance learning senior director
  • Educational technology director
  • Military education specialist
  • Professor (higher education)
  • Researcher
  • Senior instructional design specialist
  • Senior training specialist

The skills you gain in design and technology can help you in your current role at your organization or help prepare you for positions of elevated responsibility. Because some occupations may require that you have a doctorate, Liberty created Executive Certificates that can seamlessly transfer into one of our corresponding postgraduate or doctoral programs. You can transfer all 21 credits from this certificate into our PhD in Education – Instructional Design and Technology. Take the next step towards your personal and professional goals with an Executive Certificate from Liberty University.

Military Tuition Discount

If you have served in the military, we want to go above and beyond to show you our gratitude. That’s why we designed our 21-credit-hour certificates to work especially well for you. Earning an Executive Certificate makes you eligible for our military alumni doctoral discount — you’ll receive the discounted $300/credit hour military rate both during the certificate and later during a doctoral degree.* Many of our certificates roll directly into a corresponding doctoral degree, allowing you to get a jumpstart on your doctorate!

If your plans to earn a doctoral degree lie further in the future, each certificate also stands on its own as a professional development credential, setting you apart from your peers and giving you the flexibility to start a doctoral degree whenever you’re ready. It’s one more way we show our appreciation.

*In order to retain the $300/credit hour rate, the doctoral degree must be started within 2 years of completing the Executive Certificate.

Why Choose Liberty’s Executive Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology?

Liberty University’s online Executive Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology is the best path forward if you want to engage in doctoral-level studies but are not prepared to pursue a full PhD program. With 21 credit hours in advanced learning technology design, you will build on your master’s-level academic studies and earn a certificate credential that can open new doors for your career. With the ability to earn your Executive Certificate in as little as 4 semesters, you can develop new skills while taking rigorous courses that can later transfer into a PhD.

At Liberty, our mission is Training Champions for Christ. That means each of your professors will provide a balanced approach to learning theory – rooted in a biblical worldview. Your professors are professionals who have doctoral degrees in education or a related field and have experience engaging in sound scholarship.

Each course in your Executive Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology is 100% online with an 8-week format and no set login times. This flexibility allows you to pursue your certificate while maintaining your commitments to your family, career, and community.

What Will You Learn in Our Executive Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology?

When you pursue our Executive Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology, you’ll learn styles of learning and how instructional design and technology play a part in reaching the unique needs of students and teachers. Upon successful completion of this program, you will have a better understanding of the following:

  • Advanced instructional design theory
  • Instructional systems design
  • Issues and trends in learning technologies
  • Principles of human performance technology

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Highlights of Our Executive Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology

  • We are recognized by multiple institutions for our academic quality, affordability, and accessibility. Our commitment to excellence also helped us rank in the top 10% of’s best online schools in America. Earning your online Executive Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition can help set you apart from others in your field.
  • Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.
  • Liberty’s state-of-the-art digital resources and full-time research assistants will provide you with everything you need to engage in top-tier scholarly research.
  • This program is offered in an 8-week course format with 8 different start dates each year and no set login times!

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Military Benefits for Our Online Executive Certificates

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey.

As a thank-you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $300 per credit hour for postgraduate courses
  • Roll these credits into the corresponding doctoral degree
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

Please note: The $300/credit hour doctoral military rate cannot be combined with the First Responder Discount.

Admission Requirements for the Executive Certificate in Instructional Design and Technology

Applicants must have a regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or above for admission in good standing. Please visit our admission requirements page for more detailed admissions-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee**
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency (for applicants whose native language is other than English)

**There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during Financial Check-In. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.