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High-Impact On-Demand Learning Solutions Graduate Certificate

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Earn an instructional design certificate online

As online, on-demand training programs become more prevalent, organizations need professionals who can leverage technology and research to effectively deliver online educational content to learners. This Graduate Certificate in High-Impact On-Demand Learning Solutions teaches you instructional design methods to help you create courses and programs that increase engagement, improve comprehension, and boost retention of learning materials.

Additionally, this program will help you:

  • Address growing competition in the marketplace and the need to deliver high-quality content quickly.
  • Find ways to increase content quality and enhance learning outcomes without significantly increasing development costs.
  • Learn how to continually track, evaluate, and communicate content effectiveness to stakeholders within an organization.

What is instructional design?

Instructional design is the practice of developing learning experiences and environments that facilitate knowledge acquisition. An instructional designer’s job is to make educational content more engaging and user-friendly, so audiences can learn more efficiently and effectively. To do this, designers must identify the existing knowledge gaps of a targeted audience, and create learning experiences to bridge those gaps.

What is high-impact on-demand learning?

High-impact, on-demand learning is an approach to building educational or training content using four primary asset types: audio, video, simulation, and conversation. These assets are the fundamental building blocks of consumable learning content. With access to content in a variety of digital formats, learners can retain, retrieve, and apply what they learn as they are learning it.

Experience the results of high-impact learning as you advance your skills

One of the best ways to learn is by experience, and this program demonstrates the principles of high-impact learning throughout the coursework itself. By flipping the training approach, this program will help you evaluate how you learn in real time, via a creative and interactive experience. Throughout this program you will:

  • Gain insight into human cognition and how people learn, retain, and retrieve information over time.
  • Discover how to build educational content that improves learning, engagement, and performance.
  • Use data analysis to inform real-time improvements to both content and delivery methods.
  • Learn to create an accessible pool of resources and micro-learning assets that have a long-term effect on user experience and success.
  • Effectively communicate and justify the value of learning solutions to leadership and other organizational stakeholders.
  • Enhance your overall communication and analytical skills as you become a stronger, more diverse instructional designer.

This program gives you the tools to manage these challenges by teaching you how to develop impactful content that is easily consumable, fosters positive learning outcomes, and drives results.

View the requirements and curriculum page to learn more about the courses you will take.

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Curriculum Open Accordion

This graduate certificate program requires the completion of three courses. Please note, you must be admitted to this program for the certificate to appear on your official University transcript.

Required Courses

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Spring semester November 30
Fall semester July 15
Summer semester April 15*

*Note: Summer admission is only available to applicants who have already completed EDOD 651 and EDOD 652.

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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1Review Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution or a CSU-recognized international institution is required.

2 Prepare Application Materials

While it is not required, it is recommended that you contact us in advance of submitting application materials. Prepare the materials below and upload when you apply online.

Two letters of recommendation (professional and/or academic)

  • You will provide contact information about your recommenders in the online application. CSU will contact them with instructions and a link to a secure form they will submit on your behalf.

Statement of purpose
Your statement should be written in 12-point font, double-spaced, and include the following:

  • Your purpose for pursuing graduate education and how it will contribute to your long-term goals and career plans,
  • Why you have selected Colorado State University as the place to pursue your graduate studies, and
  • A description of teaching, research/creative, or other academic work you have engaged in relevant to the qualifications.

3 Complete Online Application

Complete the online graduate application and pay the nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online). As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. Your application will not be reviewed until it is complete and all required materials have been received.

  • Choose "High-Impact On-Demand Learning Solutions (Certificate) – Distance" when choosing the Program of Study. (Note: You must first select "Certificate" at the top.)

4 Request Transcripts

Request one official transcript from the institution where you earned your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts must be received directly from the originating institution to be considered official. Transcripts from Colorado State University are not required.

Electronic (preferred):
Digital Transcripts must be submitted by the originating institution using a secure service such as parchment, eScrip-Safe, the National Student Clearinghouse, or e-Quals. Transcripts received via emails are considered unofficial.

Use institution code 4075 for Colorado State University or if the secure service requires an email address.

Mail (if necessary):
Graduate Admissions
Colorado State University – Office of Admissions
1062 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1062

Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Selection Timeline
Applications are reviewed monthly on a rolling basis. Faculty review of applications takes approximately 4-6 weeks.

For International Applicants

Proof of English language proficiency is required for applicants from countries or United States territories where there are official languages other than (or in addition to) English. This includes the U.S. territories of American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Learn more about English language proficiency requirements.


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Program Details

9 credits
$745 per credit
Same in-state tuition for all.
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Certificate Awarded
Graduate Certificate in High-Impact On-Demand Learning Solutions
Time Frame
Can be completed in one year

Application Dates

Fall semester
July 15
Spring semester
November 30
Summer semester
April 15*

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