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Instructional Systems Technology

Graduate Certificate

Instructional systems technology (IST) is a discipline that focuses on ways to improve learning and performance for students of all ages and in a wide range of settings. It studies the ways people acquire, process, and share information in order to create the most effective learning environments and instructional tools.

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Instructional Systems Technology provides an in-depth introduction to analyzing, designing, developing, and evaluating new educational tools. The curriculum introduces you to concepts in instructional technology and design, including the evaluation and analysis of instructional materials, effective writing for instructional technology, and strategies for computer-mediated learning.

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Instructional Systems Technology prepares you for such careers as:

  • Instructional systems specialist 
  • Learning and development instructional designer 
  • Instructional technologist 
  • Educational content developer
  • Learning design engineer
  • Teacher support and student intervention specialist 
  • Curriculum and assessment director 
  • Education technology specialist 
  • E-learning developer
  • Corporate trainer

Certificate Requirements

To earn your Graduate Certificate in Instructional Systems Technology, you must complete 15 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Instructional systems technology core courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Elective courses (3 credit hours) 

NOTE: If you choose to purse the IU Online MSEd in Instructional Systems Technology, these certificate courses may apply to your degree requirements. Completion of the certificate program does not guarantee admission to the masters program. 


  • EDUC-R 511Instructional and Performance Technologies Foundations3 Credits
  • EDUC-R 521Design and Development of Instructional and Performance Interventions3 Credits
  • EDUC-R 541 or EDUC-R 547 Instructional Development and Production: Design Thinking - or - Computer Mediated Learning3 Credits
  • EDUC-R 561Evaluation of Instructional and Performance Improvement Systems3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $425.06
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1275.18
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $510.07
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1530.21

Additional fees will apply.

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