Earn Degree CreditMaster of Education (Ed.M.) in Education Policy, Organization & Leadership (EPOL) Online
About this MasterTrack™ Certificate

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

Gain in-demand skills and launch your instructional design career with an in-depth training program. Learners that devote four hours per week to this certificate program can expect to finish in approximately four months. ...

What you will learn

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

Skills you will gain

Learner analysisLearning objectives developmentInstructional design model selectionLearning activities designLearning content developmentLearning outcomes evaluation

100% online courses



option to pay in 2 installments

4 months to complete


Beginner / Intermediate Level

No prior experience needed

2 hands-on projects




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?


Master’s Degree Learning

A MasterTrack™ Certificate enables you to enroll in a section of a full Master's degree program

Be Job Ready

Gain career-relevant skills that attract attention from recruiters and hiring managers

Boost Your Resume

Receive a MasterTrack™ Certificate that you can add to your resume & LinkedIn profile

Engaging and Innovative

Collaborate with peers and get feedback from professors & industry experts

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™

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

Training System Design

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....
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Industry-relevant hands-on projects to build your portfolio

4 hours per week

Instructional and Learning System Design e-Portfolio

As a senior instructional designer in your organization, you are asked to design, develop and implement an education program to fulfill the learning needs of your target audience. In this project, you will play a key role in defining the program objectives, choosing the right technologies, partnering with critical stakeholders and evaluating the outcomes. All the artifacts that you produced in this project (learner analysis report, curriculum outline, program implementation plan, etc.) will be saved to your e-portfolio and contribute to your career advancement....

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

Case Study Discussion and Solution Development for Instructional Design

In this project, you will be presented a complex learning system design case and asked to work on an innovative solution. You’re challenged to synthesize all the instructional design models and come up with a customized plan to address the unique organization needs. You need to optimize the learning outcomes by choosing the appropriate learning theories and technologies. This case study will bring you to the next-level of instructional design expertise and prepare you to handle large-scale projects in the future....

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



Adam Fein

Assistant Provost for Educational Innovation

Wenhao David Huang

Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Jessica Li

Associate Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Eunjung Grace Oh

Assistant Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Norma Scagnoli

Research Assistant Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Denice Ward Hood

Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

Bill Cope

Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership

About University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign community of students, scholars, and alumninis changing the world. With our land-grant heritage as a foundation, we pioneer innovative research that tackles global problems and expands the human experience. Our transformative learning experiences, in and out of the classroom, are designed to produce alumni who want to make a significant impact on society. The University of Illinois is ranked as the #14 public university and #52 overall university in the United States by US News and World Report (2018). The College of Education is highly ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report and was ranked No. 24 by the publication in its 2018 list of top education colleges. The University of Illinois College of Education addresses the challenges facing today's learners by advancing knowledge and impacting policy through research, teaching, and outreach. We develop the tools, methods, and habits of mind that innovate; and contribute to making education equitable and accessible to all learners; and we prepare leaders, researchers, and passionate advocates committed to transforming learners of all ages....

Limited spots available

Reserve your spot for $100

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If you’d like to start right away, you can access all of the self-paced MasterTrack™ Certificate content right away. The session for your course begins on October 22nd. When the session begins, you’ll be able to ask the teaching team your questions, get feedback on your projects, and work with your peers on group assignments.
  • You’ll get access to all courses in this MasterTrack™ Certificate program. You’ll also receive detailed feedback from the teaching team on your projects. Finally, you’ll be able to complete the group assignments by collaborating with other MasterTrack™ Certificate learners.
  • No. MasterTrack™ Certificate courses are only available to learners who have paid for the program.
  • You can request a refund during the first 2 weeks after the start of your first course session.
  • Financial aid is not currently available for MasterTrack™ Certificate programs.

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