Learning, Design and Technology, Graduate Certificate

Learning, Design and Technology, Graduate Certificate
15 - 18 credits
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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Program Tabs


The Learning, Design and Technology graduate certificate prepares instructional design professionals to create, analyze, use, integrate, implement, assess, evaluate and manage instructional and performance solutions.  The program develops professionals who are grounded in instructional technology foundations, principles, theories, applications, and current trends and provides opportunities for students to integrate different forms of technology to enhance teaching and learning.

The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals hoping to continue their education. 

The Graduate Certificate in Learning, Design and Technology can be completed in 3 to 6 semesters.


  • School Specialist Concentration (18 hours): This concentration is for those who work in the P-12 system and who already hold either an “A” or “G” level teaching license from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) (or from another state). School system personnel who currently hold a valid “A” or “M” level teaching license and are eligible for the Special Endorsement in Computer Education (079). 
  • Training and Development Concentration (15 hours): This concentration is for the instructional technology personnel who wish to do training and development in corporate, higher education, government and military
  • Online Learning and Teaching Concentration (15 hours): This concentration is for those interested in designing, developing, or managing online learning and teaching.

Learning, Design and Technology prepares professionals to work on instructional design and technology positions in Education.  Career examples include but are not limited to:

Instructional Designer/Developer • Instructional Technologist • Training and Development Specialist • Content Developer • Human Resource Consultant • Evaluator


Application Deadline:

  • August 1 (fall)
  • December 1 (spring)
  • May 1 (summer first half term)
  • June 15 (summer second half term)

Admissions & Requirements: 

  • Complete the Graduate School Admission Application.
  • A bachelor’s degree from a university accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized institutional accreditor.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher for the last two years of coursework.
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from all academic coursework beyond high school.
  • Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Statement of Purpose of no more than 750 words in 12-point font and double-spaced, written definitively, coherently, and incorporating thoughtful expression in response to:
    • How will this program help you to achieve your professional goals?
    • What skills and knowledge do you hope to acquire and develop as a result of this program?
    • Characterize what you would contribute to the collective learning experiences of your fellow students.
    • Develop your narrative so that it clearly responds to the prompts and provides the reader with definitive, coherent, and thoughtful expression.

Additional items required for those using this program to satisfy the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Instructional Technology Specialists: Computers (10877). This requirement is only for those who wish to earn the 077 license. Those who wish to work in other instructional technology settings (higher education, corporate, military, government) do not have to fulfill this requirement:

  • A valid appropriate North Carolina teaching license A or G level (or equivalent from another state).
  • A minimum of 2 to 3 years teaching experience.

School Specialist Concentration (18 Credits)

  • ELDT 5100: Technology Integration in Education
  • ELDT 6100: Foundations of Learning, Design and Technology
  • ELDT 6110: Instructional Design
  • ELDT 6130: Instructional Multimedia Development
  • ELDT 6135: Learning Media, Resources, and Technology
  • ELDT 6120: Current Trends in Learning, Design and Technology

Training and Development Concentration (15 Credits)

  • ELDT 6100: Foundations of Learning, Design and Technology
  • ELDT 6110: Instructional Design
  • ELDT 6130: Instructional Multimedia Development
  • ELDT 6160: Designing Learning Systems with Simulation and Game Technology
  • ELDT 6170: Human Performance Technology

Online Learning and Teaching Concentration (15 Credits)

  • ELDT 6100 or ELDT 8100: Foundations of Learning, Design and Technology
  • ELDT 6110 or ELDT 8110: Instructional Design
  • ELDT 6120 or ELDT 8120: Current Trends in Learning, Design and Technology
  • ELDT 6130 or ELDT 8130: Instructional Multimedia Development
  • ELDT 6150 or ELDT 8150: Design, Development, and Evaluation of Online Learning Systems

*Rates are subject to change* 


  • $288.82 per credit hour
  • $4,332.00 to $5,199.00 total estimated cost based on concentration

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour
  • $8,055.00 to $9,666.00 total estimated cost based on concentration

Non Resident:

  • $1098.21 per credit hour
  • $16,473.00 to $19,768.00 total estimated cost based on concentration