2021-2022 Graduate Course Catalog 
    Jun 05, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Designing Digital Instruction (CAS)

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Jing Lei, Chair, 265 Huntington Hall, 315-443-1362, jlei@syr.edu

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate in Designing Digital Instruction (15 credits) provides the opportunity to develop the competencies required to design digital resources and online or e-learning instruction. The courses are carefully combined into a fully online program that is built on a framework of internationally validated standards for instructional designers, online instructors, and online learners. This provides candidates with a 360-degree (designer, instructor, learner) view of digital instruction and learning facilitating them in learning how to design and create sound instructional resources and environments that will lead to quality learning experiences. In addition to the course work, candidates will be required to develop a digital portfolio that consists of both sample digital projects and reflections on their development of instructional designer, online instructor, and online learner competencies.

This program provides professionals with the opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in the area of instructional design and learning with digital technologies.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
    • We recommend applicants have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better. However, in reviewing applications, all elements are carefully considered.
  • Official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate study
  • Personal statement of goals. Please describe in approximately 500 words:
    • your main academic interests;
    • why you are interested in the IDD&E program;
    • why you wish to study at Syracuse University;
    • how you expect to finance your studies;
    • and your plans for the future, after you receive your degree.
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Resume or CV
  • International students: TOEFL/IELTS scores

Program Learning Outcomes

1. Describe foundational areas of instructional design, implementation/facilitation, project management, and learning in online or hybrid environments from designer, instructor, learner perspective

2. Demonstrate foundational knowledge and skills in designing digital resources and online instruction

3. Demonstrate practices in self-reflection and professional development

4. Design, select, use, and evaluate digital technologies to enhance instructional practices and learning

Department Information

This certificate program is offered by the Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation Department (IDD&E). IDD&E offers a variety of programs to help students develop the skills required to identify and evaluate learning problems and to design and develop appropriate instructional solutions to these problems. Students develop the competencies to apply instructional analysis, design and develop instructional materials, evaluate instructional programs, and assess learning. The curriculum includes teaching students about a variety of soft (process and communication) and hard technologies. Through practical projects, students develop competencies to design, create, implement, and evaluate technology-supported instructional solutions for a variety of educational and professional settings. In addition to the certificate in Designing Digital Instruction, the department offers certificates in both Educational Technology and Instructional Design Foundations, as well as M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Instructional Design, Development and Evaluation.

Required Curriculum of the Certificate in Designing Digital Instruction (15 credits)

Culminating CAS Portfolio

The program also requires students to complete a culminating digital portfolio with sample, projects, reflection, etc., for the degree.

Total Credits


Degree Awarded

Certificate of Advanced Study in Designing Digital Instruction

Transfer Credit

Not accepted

Part-time Study


Satisfactory Progress

Five (5) courses with at least a 3.0 GPA, and successful completion of the required portfolio

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