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  Mar 30, 2023
2021-2022 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum 
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2021-2022 Academic Catalog and Student Handbook with Spring Addendum [Archived Catalog]

Instructional Design Certificate



The field of instructional design (ID) and educational technology is constantly evolving. As a result, employers in education (K-12 and higher education), businesses, and healthcare settings are continuously seeking employees who are able to demonstrate the ability to develop, design, and implement courses, trainings, and programs. More recently, the role of instructional designers has also expanded to include faculty consultation in areas such as pedagogy and course design and ensuring that course modifications are more inclusive of educational technology components. The Instructional Design Certificate Program offered through the Educational Psychology and Technology program at TCSPP is designed to provide students with the theoretical and practical concepts, and expertise needed to design, develop, implement, and evaluate instructional interventions and programs for various learning contexts including higher education, K-12 school, and corporate institutions.

Given the variety of skills needed in the ID field, providing students with a wide range of competencies with in-depth knowledge is essential to certification programs. The EPT Instructional Design Certificate Program, as outlined below, not only promotes the essential ID skills but also provides choices for students to be specialized in areas key to the emerging nature of the field and to complete coursework that is relevant to their professional and academic interests. In the Instructional Design Certificate Program, students will develop expertise, knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are guided by the standards from the Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT), which reflect the knowledge base in the field. The domains of the field include design, development, implementation (utilization and management), and evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate program students will be skilled in:

  • Design: Design conditions for learning by applying principles of instructional systems design, message design, instructional strategies, and learner characteristics.
  • Development: Develop instructional materials and experiences using print, audiovisual, computer-based, and integrated technologies.
  • Implementation:
    • Utilization: Use processes and resources for learning by applying principles and theories of media utilization, diffusion, implementation, and policy-making.
    • Management: Plan, organize, coordinate, and supervise instructional technology by applying principles of project, resource, delivery system, and information management.
  • Evaluation: Evaluate the adequacy of instruction and learning by applying principles of problem analysis, criterion-referenced measurement, formative and summative evaluation, and long-range planning.

Admission Requirements

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Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Instructional Design certificate is open to any person who has earned a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Applicants will be judged on their overall ability to successfully complete graduate work. Factors and materials to be considered for admission will include:

  •  Application Fee: $50
  •  Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  •  Graduate GPA 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  •  Official College/University Transcripts
  •  Personal Statement/Essay
    •  Please describe your professional goals and how this certificate program will help you achieve those goals. Additionally, please address the following points in your essay:
      • What is your motivation for pursuing a certificate in instructional design?
      • What specific skills and/or competencies do you hope to master as a result of completing this program?

Applicant Notification

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology reviews applications on a rolling basis. Once review begins, complete applications will be considered by the Admission Committee and applicants will be notified regarding the admission decision. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology does not share information or provide any feedback regarding admission decisions.

If a student is offered admission, in order to secure a place in the incoming class, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $250 will be required by the deposit deadline indicated in the offer of admission. The non-refundable deposit will be applied in full toward the student’s tuition upon enrollment.

Articulation Agreements

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology has established agreement with the Instructional Design Certificate to allow qualified students to enter early into the EdD Educational Psychology and Technology  program. Click on this link   for details.


The following policies are located under Academic Policies and Procedures  : Academic Calendar, Admissions Requirements, Attendance, Satisfactory Academic Progress, Service Learning, and Transfer Credit/Course Waiver. Click the link above for detailed information.