E-Learning Design & Development

Professional Development Certificate

What is E-Learning Design & Development?

E-Learning is the use of digital technology to facilitate and enhance learning and training. This use of technology has become so important in today's world that high schools, colleges, government organizations, nonprofit institutions, and businesses both large and small use e-learning to educate, train, inform, and coach.

Many people think of e-learning as traditional academic courses delivered over the internet. While this is certainly true, e-learning encompasses much more. Anyone who has taken driver's training online, used computer-based tech support for a PC, watched educational videos on television, listened to a podcast, or read a professional blog, has reaped the benefits of an e-learning product. Nearly all industries today use e-learning to further professional goals.

E-Learning Design & Development is an emerging and valuable career track for anyone looking to expand a professional portfolio. A certificate in E-Learning Design & Development gives you the opportunity to take your professional experience and unique industry knowledge and apply it in a new direction, while gaining proficiency with cutting edge technology.

E-Learning Design & Development Certificate Objectives

The E-Learning Design & Development Certificate provides students with broad exposure to principles and applications of e-learning. The certificate is comprised of seven courses (10.5 CEUs), and provides a rigorous training option for students interested in developing knowledge and skills in analysis, design, development, and evaluation of e-learning. Designed for learning professionals from any field, this program introduces design theories and builds technical skills that apply to a variety of e-learning settings.

How to Begin Taking Classes

  • Obtain SF State ID and Password
  • Register for classes based on individual goals and prerequisites
  • Apply for Certificate of Completion after all classes are completed

For SF State ID and registration questions, please contact Enrollment Services at 415.405.7700; press '5' to speak with a staff person.

Intended Audience

The program is designed for learning professionals in corporate training, human resources, curriculum development, communications and enterprise level strategic implementation. Our students come from businesses, local governments, non-profits, and traditional academic institutions, who all need to create and deploy e-learning. This program will most benefit entry-level and intermediate-level designers, educators and managers who lack formal training in e-learning and instructional design.

Length & Cost of Program

The time it takes for participants to complete a certificate varies according to each student's availability and interests. The classes required to earn a certificate may be completed in as short a time as two semesters, or students may take as long as needed, up to three years. The cost of a certificate of completion is currently $2,545. All materials are included in the online classes.

Location & Frequency of Classes

All classes are offered online using the SF State Learning Management System, iLearn. Course sequences begin three times per year in late August, late January, and early June. (We may offer Winter Intensives in the future, in January.) Class schedules will vary based on course content, but most offer synchronous meetings each week, that are recorded for student review. Students are expected to commit a minimum of four to six hours of study/production time outside of class per course. Out of class requirements vary among courses.

Customized & Contract Training

Customized or corporate training is available for businesses or agencies seeking to train employees in e-learning development or other aspects of instructional design. For more information please contact Cathy Flight at 415.817.4226, or email cflight@sfsu.edu.

CalJOBS

This program is part of CalJOBS, which provides employment training for adults and dislocated workers. Learn more about CalJOBS.