From the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Master of Education in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

Instructional Design MasterTrack® Certificate

Become an instructional designer and master the art and science of learning with a top-ranking education school.

Earn a powerful university-issued career credential in as little as four months.

Earn Degree Credit

If you're admitted to the full Master's program, the credit from your MasterTrack® Certificate counts towards your degree

About this MasterTrack® Certificate

Solve real-world educational challenges and integrate technology with today’s learning environments.

Skills you will gain

  • Learner analysis
  • Learning objectives development
  • Instructional design model selection
  • Learning activities design
  • Learning content development
  • Learning outcomes evaluation
  • Course Mode

    100% online courses

  • Course Fee


  • Duration

    4-5 months to complete

  • Course Level

    Intermediate Level

    Bachelor's Degree required

  • Projects

    2 hands-on projects

  • Course Language


    Please contact the University of Illinois College of Education at 217-300-2725 or

  • Course Benefits

    Earn degree credit

    If you are admitted to the full Master’s program, your MasterTrack® Certificate will count towards your degree

What is a MasterTrack® Certificate?

With MasterTrack® Certificates, portions of Master’s programs have been split into online modules, so you can earn a high quality university-issued career credential at a breakthrough price in a flexible, interactive format. Benefit from a deeply engaging learning experience with real-world projects and live, expert instruction. If you are accepted to the full master's program, your MasterTrack® coursework counts towards your degree.

Master’s Degree Learning

Take an online module of a master's degree program that features live expert instruction and feedback combined with interactive team-based learning.

Boost Your Career

Receive a university-issued MasterTrack® Certificate from a top university that you can add to your resume and LinkedIn profile.

Build Your Portfolio

Demonstrate your skills through real-world projects and create work samples that help you stand out in your job search.

Start Your Degree

If you are accepted to the full master’s program, your completed coursework counts towards your degree.

Interactive Learning Experience

You'll learn through readings, videos, graded assignments, real-world applied projects, and live global classroom sessions.

Live Global Webinars

Live Global Webinars

Feedback from Instructors and Experts

Feedback from Instructors and Experts

Real-World Projects

Real-World Projects

2 Courses in this MasterTrack® Certificate


  • Pre-recorded videos
  • Live sessions and office hours
  • Real-world projects
  • Peer collaboration
  • Web and mobile access

Instructional and Training System Design - EPOL 472

In this dynamic course you will learn key components of training system design rooted in content development and variants of learning theories behind instructional design. This course will prepare you to work with subject matter experts (SMEs) in selecting, organizing and developing effective training content. You will gain deep understanding of how people learn cognitively and emotionally so that the development of training content and design will be more tailored, meaningful and engaging.

See all 2 Courses

Industry-relevant hands-on projects to build your portfolio

Instructional and Learning System Design e-Portfolio

4 hours per week


  • How to implement instructional design projects from ideation to completion
  • Ways to define learning needs through data analysis and interviews
  • Methods for selecting an appropriate instructional design model and technologies based on organizational objectives and resources
  • How to collaborate with subject matter experts (SMEs) to develop learning content

Case Study Discussion and Solution Development for Instructional Design

1 hour per week


  • Ways to apply and adapt various instructional design models to solve real-world problems
  • Strategies for using learning theories and technologies to create innovative learning solutions
  • How to make data informed decisions while evaluating and improving a learning program

Hiring Partners

Graduates of the Instructional Design MasterTrack® Certificate will be considered for opportunities, when available, at these hiring partner organizations: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Coursera.

Student Testimonials

Kelly J - Special Assistant, Faculty Support, Yale School of Management
Thanks to the Instructional Design MasterTrack® Certificate, I finally found a Master’s program that will prepare me for the direction I want to take with my career. I was thrilled to receive my admissions decision letter a few weeks ago (to the M.Ed. program). I’m ready to start fall classes as an official Fighting Illini!...
Suprita J - Instructional Designer, Freelance
My level of confidence about the subject has increased tremendously. Previously, I was self-taught designer. Today I have a formal certification from a great university thanks to Coursera. I’m confident about my skills in analysis, developing learning objectives, and assessing learning outcomes with the right process and tools....


Wenhao David Huang

Wenhao David Huang

Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Jessica Li

Jessica Li

Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Eunjung Grace Oh

Eunjung Grace Oh

Assistant Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Norma Scagnoli

Norma Scagnoli

Research Assistant Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Denice Ward Hood

Denice Ward Hood

Teaching Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Bill Cope

Bill Cope

Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Yoon Pak

Yoon Pak

Associate Professor and Interim Head, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Frequently Asked Questions

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Coursera does not grant academic credit; the decision to grant, accept, or recognize academic credit, and the process for awarding such credit, is at the sole discretion of the academic institutions offering the MasterTrack® Certificate program and/or other institutions that have determined that completion of the program may be worthy of academic credit. Completion of a MasterTrack® Certificate program does not guarantee admission into the full Master’s program referenced herein, or any other degree program.