Instructional Design, Postgraduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 7 months
  • English (book IELTS)
At Royal Roads University, we’ve leveraged our expertise in instructional design to create a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design program to help you build on your academic knowledge as well as your professional experience. Learn how to master the theories and practical applications of today’s technology-enhanced learning environments. 


The Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design at Royal Roads University is a 9-credit program consisting of three online courses that use a collaborative educational model. Each course is nine to ten weeks long, with a one week break between courses. The Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design also provides an opportunity to earn credits towards your Graduate Diploma in Technology-enhanced Learning and Design, or the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Who It’s For

We use a cohort learning model in our programs to help you build a beneficial network of like-minded professionals; people you can turn to for support and advice for the rest of your career. A common thread between our learners is their ability and willingness to help each other be successful, regardless of workplace. They share a passion for creating a learning environment that encourages critical thinking, demonstrated leadership, and unique expression of thought. Our program provides the practical skills and management strategies that are essential to instructional design.

Students in this program come from a wide variety of professional organizations; including government, non-profits, universities and community colleges, private sector employers, financial institutions, classroom teachers, social service workers, public sector trainers, and other training environments.

We understand that your life is busy, so we’ve designed this program to be completed online; ideal for students looking for a flexible way to improve their skills and thrive within their organizations and institutions, without sacrificing their personal or professional life.

Applications are assessed, based on an integrated and consolidated examination of academic credentials, work experience and personal experience. Experience in a technology-mediated learning environment is an asset. Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy. Please see the Program Admission page for more information.


By participating in class activities, providing valuable feedback to your colleagues, meeting deadlines, applying critical thinking to the integration of knowledge and practice, and recognizing ethical values and considerations, you will be well prepared to create the processes necessary to oversee effective knowledge acquisition and transfer.

By completing this certificate program, you will be able to demonstrate competency in five critical domains:

  • Communication
  • Leadership and Teamwork
  • Critical Thinking
  • Research and Analysis
  • Knowledge
  • Graduates of this certificate will be able to:

    • Develop proposals for instructional strategies
    • Analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate instructional design
    • Recommend appropriate learning strategies
    • Plan and coordinate projects to a successful conclusion
    • Evaluate current educational technology research 
    • Advance their careers as leaders in technology-mediated learning environments

    Graduates of this certificate will have:

    • Expanded knowledge of educational theory 
    • Developed practical skills in graphic design, project management and instructional design
    • Increased understanding of student characteristics and needs
    • Enhanced critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills

    This program allows you to foster innovation within the field of instructional design, providing you with the academic credentials and practical experience necessary to develop creative solutions to accomplish your learning objectives. You will acquire a sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge related to the field of instructional design, as well as a solid grounding in the practical applications related to your new-found skills and knowledge.

    Employment Sectors

    The Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design responds to the demand for qualified professionals in the field of technology-mediated learning and education and the need for management level individuals who have the knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles in program design, development, and evaluation. The typical learner profile for this program is cross-sectoral and includes some of following role and sectors:

    • Training and Development – Industry; Department of National Defense; NGO’s,
    • Education and Development Managers – Health Care,
    • Training Managers and Directors of Learning - Banking,
    • Higher education faculty, instructors and teaching and learning centre directors,
    • K-12 educators and administrators.

    Programme Structure

    Courses include
    • Graphic Design for Instructional Designers
    • Project Management for Instructional Designers
    • Introduction to Academic Integrity
    • Instructional Design for Technology-mediated Learning
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          Detailed Programme Facts

          • Programme intensity Full-time
            • Full-time duration 7 months
          • Languages
            • English
          • Delivery mode
          Check your fit with this programme

          English Language Requirements

          You only need to take one of these language tests:

          • Minimum required score:


            The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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          • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


            The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

            Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

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            The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

          Academic Requirements

          Standard admission
          • Four year (or comparable) Education, Arts, Science, or other undergraduate degree in a related field, from a recognized post-secondary institution.
          • Related experience.

          Flexible Admission

          To be considered for Flexible Admission, applicants would normally require extensive work experience in a relevant area and some post-secondary education.

          Getting a Student Visa

          This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

          Tuition Fee

          • International Applies to you

            8011 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 8011 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 7 months.
          • National Applies to you

            6430 EUR/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 6430 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 7 months.
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