What will I learn?

The Instructional Design (ID) Certificate offers a structured educational experience, rich in theory and aligned to professional and practical needs, for those who wish to take their design career to the next level.

The ID certificate is a 12-credit program, with three foundational courses and a range of engaging electives that will provide learners with the knowledge, tools, and strategies for success in industry, education, professional development, and other training settings. Our award-winning faculty specialize in game-based learning, online learning design, development, and evaluation, open education resources, social media, equitable design, and technology and teacher education. Some program’s highlights are:

Most courses have online options

Program can be completed in 2-3 semesters

Elective courses explore emerging topics in ID

Opportunity to learn how to design, develop, and evaluate online, blended, and flexible learning environments

Courses make use of educational technology best practices for teaching and learning

Opportunity to explore new and emerging technology tools to enhance teaching and learning

Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Online/Distance with attendance (12 credit hours)

Tuition fees
$26,352.00 (19,56,251) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

23 August 2021


School of Education

1620 Lagomarcino Hall,

901 Stange Road,



50011, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Iowa State requires a bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally-accredited college or university prior to beginning graduate studies.

International degrees must be comparable to a US bachelor’s degree or higher from a college or university regionally accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Education in that country.

A minimum cumulative grade point average equivalent to at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (B grade) is required for admission.

The minimum scores accepted by the Graduate College are:

Internet Based TOEFL (iBT): 83
TOEFL Paper (PBT): 560
IELTS: 6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE): 56
Duo Lingo English Test: 105 (only approved through Fall 2021 admission cycle)

Application Deadlines: September 30 for spring admission. April 15 for fall admission

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Iowa State University

There are eight distinct colleges with more than 300 programs, where passionate faculty are challenging some of the world’s most pressing issues.

  • Scholarships available for freshmen and transfer students
  • Eight colleges offering over 300 programs
  • Based in Ames, at the heart of Iowa
  • Stunning campus with plenty of student-run activities