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

Instructional Design MasterTrack™ Certificate

Become an instructional designer in 4-5 months by mastering the art and science of learning with a top-ranking education school.

The next session starts this Fall. Enrollment opens soon.

Earn credit towards a Master’s Degree

This MasterTrack Certificate can qualify as credit towards your degree.


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.

What you will learn

  • Ways to conduct in-depth learner analysis to identify learning objectives
  • Strategies for using cutting-edge technologies to design engaging and meaningful learning activities
  • Methods for developing well-crafted learning assessments and evaluations
  • How to make data informed decisions to improve existing learning programs

Skills you will gain

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

    100% online courses

  • Money


  • Clock

    4-5 months to complete

  • Intermediate Level

    Intermediate Level

    Bachelor's Degree required

  • Layer

    2 hands-on projects

  • Comment Dots


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

  • Institution

    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.

Graduation Cap

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.

Stacked File

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

Learning Technologies - EPOL 438

How will you know how to design e-learning systems and evaluate their effectiveness accordingly? In this course you will develop competency-based skills to incorporate and work synergistically to apply appropriate models and theories of designing e-learning systems in instructional design.

Start August 24, 2020
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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


Graduates of the Instructional Design MasterTrack™ Certificate will be considered for opportunities, when available, at these hiring partner organizations: University of Illinois at 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.