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What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

Minimum of 12 semester hours

Where will I take classes?

All required classes to earn a certificate can be completed online.

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: October 15
  • Summer: April 1

Online Learning Design and Development, Graduate Certificate

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Sanquinette Vaughn
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Online learning design is a high-demand field. Whether you want to learn how to develop multimedia assets or create e-Learning curriculum for your company, this 12-hour online graduate certificate in online learning design and development will make you career-ready.

Alumni are working in a wide variety of education, training and development areas, including the non-profit and military sectors.

The curriculum is centered on the competencies required to design, develop, facilitate and manage e-Learning programs. If you already work in the field, you will put the concepts to work right away in your job. Through a combination of classroom and practical activities, this program provides participants with the opportunity to design, produce and evaluate eLearning activities that make effective use of best practices and industry standards of development.

Program Details

Admissions Requirements

When applying to the Online Learning Design and Development (online program), Graduate Certificate program, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online Application
  • Application Fee of $50
  • Goals Statement (upload with the application)
  • Official Transcript: undergraduate or a master’s degree required for admission consideration. Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended either electronically to [email protected] or by mailing directly to Georgia State University | Office of Graduate Admissions | P.O. Box 4018 Atlanta, GA 30302.


Program of Study

Prerequisite (3):

  • LT 7100 Design of Performance and Instructional Systems (3) or equivalent

Required (12):

  • LT 8050 Evaluation and Assessment of Online Learning  (3)
  • LT 8360 E-Learning Design and Development (3)
  • LT 8400 Developing Digital Multimedia for Learning (3)
  • LT 8440 eLearning Environments (3)

Program Total: minimum of 12 semester hours

For complete degree requirements, visit the catalog.

Funding Your Graduate Education

Cost of attendance and funding opportunities are integral to your decision to attend graduate school.  Georgia State University is proud to offer a variety of funding opportunities, from assistantships to fellowships.

Awards and Assistantships

Various awards, assistantships, and fellowships are available to new and current graduate students.  We encourage you to contact your department, college, school or institute of interest to get more information about the assistantships and fellowships that they offer their students.

The Scholarship Resource Center offers guidance and support to students seeking financial assistance through scholarship opportunities, including this scholarship library.


The Office of Graduate Programs’ Fellowship Advisor works with students interested in applying for nationally prestigious and competitive fellowships.  The Office of Graduate Programs also coordinates the application process for students applying to the Second Century Initiative, the Provost’s Dissertation Fellowship, and the Dissertation Library Travel Awards.

Cost Calculator

Our calculator can help you get an idea of the costs associated with attending the university.


Students who complete the Online Learning Design and Development Certificate will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of learning theories and principles, models, tools and techniques that are applied to the systematic design of Online Learning Modules, Courses and Programs.
  • Apply instructional design principles to the design, development and implementation of online learning activities in their work environment.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively lead the design of effective online instruction through planning, development, evaluation and management.
  • Implement eLearning solutions using learning management systems and have a basic skill set of the critical components of deploying courses via SCORM 1.2 and beyond (xAPI) and ensure 508 compliance.
  • Demonstrate the ability to manage and lead all phases of an online learning design project.



This online program is designed for individuals interested in working in a wide variety of education, training and development areas such as those found in business, industry, government agencies, the military and nonprofit organizations.


Admissions and Curriculum Inquiries

Learning Sciences
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Mailing Address & Office Location
Learning Sciences
College of Education & Human Development
Suite 750
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303 USA

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The information shared here provides an overview of Georgia State’s offerings. For official details on admissions requirements, tuition, courses and more, refer to the university catalogs.