Instructional Design and Learning Technology

Graduate Certificate in User Experience Design


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12 Credit Hours

to Graduate
Cost per Hour


Per Credit Hour

Take Your Career to the Next Level

Create products that provide relevant and meaningful user experiences and interactions. Learn how to use graphic design principles to develop engaging, effective and easy-to-use interfaces for learning, game, software systems training materials and more.

Benefits of EKU Online

Learn essential skills for today’s work environment. Rooted in both theory and practical applications, our regionally accredited online programs blend academic and professional preparation through course topics such as Multimedia for Learning and Training the Modern Workforce.

Program benefits include:

  • Accelerated 8-week terms
  • No GRE required
  • Free textbooks through EKU BookSmart
  • Complete your degree in as little as 18 months
  • Assemble a professional portfolio as you complete your coursework
  • Internship opportunities and the chance to network with professionals in the field
  • Generous credit transfer policy
  • Reduced tuition for active duty military members and their spouses
  • Free online tutoring and career services assistance
  • Free access to Articulate 360 – a savings of $1,200 per year
  • Dedicated advisors who provide personalized graduation plans
  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

<h5>Career Opportunities</h5>

Instructional design is an eclectic and specialized field built on unique skill sets used to create better learning experiences and materials. Instructional designers (IDs) have come from wide-ranging backgrounds such as art, computer science, business management, video production, technical writing, foreign languages, mathematics, philosophy, and teacher education.

Job prospects are promising. According to BLS, jobs such as instructional coordinators, are poised to grow 10% through 2030. Additionally, within the same time period, BLS projects training and development specialists, another career for IDs to grow 11% – faster than average.

Careers Include:

  • Instructional coordinator
  • Curriculum designers
  • Corporate trainers
  • Web trainers
  • Distance education specialist
Find your career



Our regionally accredited online program is made up of the same high-quality courses and taught by the same experienced professors as the on-campus program.  EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as crisis intervention, addictions, and race and ethnic relations.

Degree Requirements

A total of 12 credits are required to graduate.

View the instructional design and learning technology program certificate requirements:

Please review the admissions requirements before applying for this or any program. If you have questions about the program or are planning to register for classes, please speak to the program advisor.

Sample Courses

A total of 12 credits are required to graduate. Complete degree requirement information about the online learning design certificate is available in the University graduate catalog.

DES 850 Graphic Design for Learning – Introduction to the elements and principles of design, methods, tools and software used in the field of graphic design.

DES 851 User Experience Design – Introduction to the processes and methods of user experience design, including user research, contextual design, design thinking, ideation and prototyping of a service or product.

IDL 812 Game Design for Learning – Application of game design in creating instructional materials, development of various gaming concepts and experiences in gamified learning.

IDL 813 Instruction for Diverse Learners – Exploration of design learning experiences while considering diverse audiences and environments, learner characteristics, training theories and deployment of tested instructional strategies to improve learning outcomes.


Amanda Stoddard

Amanda Stoddard

Enrollment Advisor

Call or email Enrollment Advisor Amanda Stoddard for information about the EKU Online Instructional Design and Learning Technology Master’s Degree program.

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Application Deadlines


Term Application Deadline Classes Begin
Fall A July 5 August
Fall B August 31 October
Spring A November 30 January
Spring B January 31 March
Summer A April 5 May
Summer B  May 31 June


Additional Contact Information

Admissions: 859-622-2106
Academic Testing: 859-622-1281
Big E Central (Financial Aid & Student Account Services): 859-622-2361
Military & Veterans Affairs Office: 859-622-2345

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Online Military Students

EKU Online offers veterans and active duty military students an unparalleled online learning experience that provides accessibility, convenience and flexibility.

Special Tuition for Active Duty* Military
Eastern Kentucky University offers reduced tuition expenses to $250 per credit hour for undergraduate and $325 per credit hour for graduate courses to all service members currently serving on active duty.

*Active duty is defined as on federal orders for 180 days or more.

“I’d like to thank the EKU College of Justice & Safety for the opportunity to complete my degree online. It’s very user-friendly, and everyone has bent over backwards to make this happen.”

– 1LT Heath Bergmann, EKU Online Graduate

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  • “After the birth of our first child, I knew I needed to go back and finish what I started,” said McKenzie. “I was happy that I could pick up where I left off at EKU even though I lived in a different state.” – EKU Online student and mom
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