Graduate Certificate eLearning Design

Offered through the College of Education Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) Program, the University of Georgia’s online Graduate Certificate in eLearning Design prepares you to design and deliver eLearning in any industry, from K-12 and Higher Education to professional development trainers in business, healthcare, military, and government. This program is designed to help you develop the qualifications necessary to advance within your field or pursue a career in a new field of education while meeting the needs of new generations of students.


The University of Georgia is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Georgia.

College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Technology Requirements

  • Computer with current operating system (Windows or Mac). Additional peripherals such as webcam, headphones and printer may be required.
  • High Speed Internet Access.


Tuition & Fees

Online Tuition $638 per credit hour 15 credit hours $9,570 USD
Student Fees $597 per semester 3 semesters $1,791 USD
Total      $11,361 USD
Tuition and fees are subject to change. Tuition is the same regardless of residency. Current tuition and fees are available on the Office of the Registrar website. If you register for less than 5 credit hours, student fees are reduced to $366 in that semester.

Online students pay the following fees: Connect UGA, Green, Special Institutional, and Technology. See UGA Tuition and Fees for the complete schedule of fees.

Other Costs

Additional costs may include:

  • Textbooks
  • Exam proctoring fees
  • Technology upgrades 

Financial Aid

Visit the Office of Student Financial Aid for information about financial assistance.

Corporate Assistance

Consult your employer about the availability of tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance programs.

Military Assistance

Active duty military, veterans, and military families should visit Veterans Educational Benefits to take full advantage of available financial assistance and educational benefits.

University System of Georgia Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

The purpose of TAP is to foster the professional growth and development of eligible employees. For more information, see Tuition Assistance (refer to the Distance Learning section). 


Credit and Transfer

Total Hours Required to Earn Certificate:  15 (credit hours)
Maximum Hours Transferable into Program:  N/A

Admission Requirements

Students who are not currently enrolled at UGA should apply as a non-degree seeking graduate student to the Learning, Design, and Technology program.  Requirements are based on UGA's Graduate School admissions standards for non-degree students.

Currently enrolled UGA students who choose to pursue this certificate must notify the Learning, Design, and Technology program at CIS@uga.edu to be assigned an advisor who can then help ensure successful completion of the courses.

Application Checklist

Students applying to the graduate school for non-degree status are not required to take entrance exams or to submit test scores and letters of recommendation.

  1. Application – Submit to the Graduate School online.  Application fee: $75 Domestic/$100 International.
  2. Test Scores – International applicants must also submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.
  3. Statement of purpose - Submit to the Graduate School online in your application.
  4. Official Transcripts – Submit unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended as part of the online application. Send official transcripts after you are offered admission.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall:  July 1
  • Spring:  November 15
  • Summer:  May 1

International Applicants

  • Fall:  April 15
  • Spring:  October 15
  • Summer:  February 15


Program Structure

This fully online program is composed of five 3-credit hour classes.

Required Courses

Courses required for completion of the eLearning Design Certificate — Online Teaching Endorsement (Add-on):

  • EDIT 6170E Introduction to Instructional Design
  • EDIT 6400E Emerging Perspectives on Learning, Teaching and Technology 
  • EDIT 7520E Distance Learning and Telecommunications 
  • WFED 8210E Theory and Practice for Web-Based Instruction
  • EDIT 6190E Design and Development Tools OR EDIT 6500E Educational Video Production

Courses required for completion of the eLearning Design Certificate — Design and Development option:

  • EDIT 6170E Instructional Design
  • EDIT 6400E Emerging Perspectives on Learning, Teaching and Technology
  • EDIT 7520E Distance Learning and Telecommunications
  • EDIT 6190E Design and Development Tools
  • EDIT 6200E Learning Environments Design I OR EDIT 6500E Educational Video Production

NOTE: Student class scheduling is subject to course availability. All courses are offered at least once per year. Be sure to communicate with your academic advisor.

News & Events

Faculty Profile: Michael Orey, Associate Professor in Learning Design and Technology

Everywhere you look today, classrooms are increasingly filled with technology, and while tablets and computers can help craft excellent instruction, instructors need to understand the benefits and long term effects of these pieces of technology. Michael Orey, instructor in the online Master of Education in Learning Design and Technology degree program focuses his teaching and research on how to use technology to further instruction.

Instructional Design and Development Conference (IDD@UGA) is Coming Up Soon

The 2016 IDD@UGA conference is coming up! The two-day professional instructional design and development (IDD) conference, held at the UGA Hotel & Conference Center, includes sessions and demonstrations presented by those with a variety of experiences — from students and scholars, to professionals — giving participants a complete understanding of quality eLearning design. Presenters come from many different backgrounds including corporate, industry, government, higher education and more.

UGA faculty learn to apply the Quality Matters rubric to online courses

Over 30 of the University of Georgia's faculty and staff who teach online courses participated in a Quality Matters workshop last semester offered through UGA's Office of Online Learning. Quality Matters is a faculty-centered, peer review process intended to promote the design and development of quality online courses, and the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop introduces course designers to these standards. 

Engaging in Sustainable Online Course Development

The instructional design team at the Office of Online Learning takes pride in working with faculty to create online learning experiences that live up to the academic standards of the University of Georgia. We also consider how the environment we work in can support the continued offering of the courses we help develop. To this end, we encourage faculty to engage in sustainable course development practices for all online courses.

Two Online Professors Selected as Service Learning Fellows

This year, the University of Georgia's Office of Service-Learning has selected three faculty members from the College of Education to participate in its yearlong Service-Learning Fellows program, two of whom teach in online degree programs.

UGA’s Online Programs Ranked Among the Best In Nation by US News

The University of Georgia has some of the best online degree programs in the nation, according to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs Rankings. UGA is ranked No. 3 among all universities for best online graduate programs in education and No. 5 for best online bachelor's programs overall.

UGA Students Can Use Lynda.com for More Online Learning

All University of Georgia students have access to the online training site, lynda. Lynda has over a thousand videos that teach everything from coding, to business skills. Any online students are encouraged to take advantage of this resource during their time at UGA. Dr.

Contact Information

Contact the online Learning Design and Technology Coordinator for answers to any additional questions you may have. 

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