• Application Deadline
  • 7 months
At Royal Roads University, we’ve leveraged our expertise in instructional design to create a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design program to help you build on your academic knowledge as well as your professional experience. Learn how to master the theories and practical applications of today’s technology-enhanced learning environments. 


The Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design at Royal Roads University is a 9-credit program consisting of three online courses that use a collaborative educational model. Each course is nine to ten weeks long, with a one week break between courses. The Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design also provides an opportunity to earn credits towards your Graduate Diploma in Technology-enhanced Learning and Design, or the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Who It’s For

We use a cohort learning model in our programs to help you build a beneficial network of like-minded professionals; people you can turn to for support and advice for the rest of your career. A common thread between our learners is their ability and willingness to help each other be successful, regardless of workplace. They share a passion for creating a learning environment that encourages critical thinking, demonstrated leadership, and unique expression of thought. Our program provides the practical skills and management strategies that are essential to instructional design.

Students in this program come from a wide variety of professional organizations; including government, non-profits, universities and community colleges, private sector employers, financial institutions, classroom teachers, social service workers, public sector trainers, and other training environments.


By participating in class activities, providing valuable feedback to your colleagues, meeting deadlines, applying critical thinking to the integration of knowledge and practice, and recognizing ethical values and considerations, you will be well prepared to create the processes necessary to oversee effective knowledge acquisition and transfer.

Graduates of this certificate will be able to:

  • Communicate and synthesize information and arguments at the graduate level
  • Critically evaluate how learning occurs in a variety of contexts
  • Design and create research-informed digital learning environments
  • Demonstrate effective collaboration skills
  • Develop and analyze support strategies to meet the needs of stakeholders in digital learning environments
  • Select appropriate assessment and evaluation strategies for digital learning environments
  • Contribute meaningfully to digital learning network(s) and communities
  • Apply reflective processes to improve professional practice

Graduates of this certificate will have:

  • Expanded knowledge of educational theory 
  • Developed practical skills in graphic design, project management and instructional design
  • Increased understanding of student characteristics and needs
  • Enhanced critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills

This program allows you to foster innovation within the field of instructional design, providing you with the academic credentials and practical experience necessary to develop creative solutions to accomplish your learning objectives. You will acquire a sufficient breadth and depth of knowledge related to the field of instructional design, as well as a solid grounding in the practical applications related to your new-found skills and knowledge.

The Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design is delivered online. Participants draw upon web resources as well as more traditional print media, while using online discussion groups and drop boxes to work towards the electronic submission of assignments. Prior to the beginning of each course, students are provided with a list of resources including textbooks and/or online readings, plus a detailed course schedule. Learning activities and assignments are designed to allow participants to identify the practical applications of the course content and to work with others to construct both a personal and shared meaning from their experiences.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Graphic Design for Instructional Designers
  • Project Management for Instructional Designers
  • Introduction to Academic Integrity
  • Instructional Design for Technology-mediated Learning
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        Detailed Programme Facts

        • Programme intensity Part-time
          • Average part-time duration 7 months
          • Intensity Flexible
        • Credits
          9 alternative credits
        • Languages
          • English
        • Delivery mode
        • More information Go to the programme website

        English Language Requirements

        You only need to take one of these language tests:

        • Minimum required score:


          The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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        • Minimum required score:


          The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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          PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. Delivered and marked by computer, it reports on a scale between 10 and 90.

        Academic Requirements

        General Requirements

        • Four year (or comparable) Education, Arts, Science, or other undergraduate degree in a related field, from a recognized post-secondary institution.
        • Related experience.


        • To be considered for Flexible Admission, applicants would normally require extensive work experience in a relevant area and some post-secondary education.

        Getting a Student Visa

        This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

        Tuition Fee

        • International

          8163 CAD/full
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 8163 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 7 months.
        • National

          6550 CAD/full
          Tuition Fee
          Based on the original amount of 6550 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 7 months.
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