Graduate Certificate in Learning Design

The SPS Information Design and Strategy master's degree program teaches students how to translate information and data into meaningful visual forms, narratives and interfaces. This interdisciplinary program prepares students to step into a cross-functional or leadership role by developing a deep and holistic understanding of today’s sophisticated digital media. Students will build skills in teamwork, strategy, and ethics that are foundational to new media professionals. 

Effective educators design new information in ways that people can engage with, understand, and use. The Learning Design certificate will help prepare professionals, such as educators, corporate training professionals, online learning designers, librarians, and museum professionals, to create meaningful and pedagogically-sound learning experiences. 





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Complete this four-course certificate and apply your credit to Northwestern’s MS in Information Design and Strategy program.


About the Graduate Certificate in Learning Design

Graduate Certificate in Learning Design Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of the certificate, students will have the knowledge, skills, and aptitude to:

  • Translate complex information into compelling visual forms and narratives, particularly within digital media
  • Create meaningful and pedagogically-sound learning experiences
  • Design information that people can understand and utilize
  • Develop innovative solutions to complex business problems by combining analytical and creative skills

Learning Design Curriculum

Students are required to complete four courses to earn the certificate: 

Choose any three Learning Design Courses 

  • IDS 422: Introduction to Learning Theory
  • IDS 423: Instructional Design
  • IDS 425: Learning Environment Design
  • IDS 426: Educational Technology
  • Plus one core course from the following: IDS 401, 403, 405, 407, 409, 411, or 413

Review curriculum details while you consider applying to this program. Current students should refer to the curriculum requirements in place at time of entry into the program.

Learning Design Courses

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Learning Design Admission

A variety of factors are considered when your application is reviewed. Background and experience vary from student to student. For a complete list of requirements, see the Graduate Certificate Admission page.

Tuition for Learning Design Certificate

Tuition for the Graduate Certificate in Learning Design program at Northwestern is comparable to similar US programs. Complete details can be found on the Learning Design Certificate Tuition page.

Registration Information for Learning Design

Already accepted into the Learning Design Graduate Certificate program? Get ahead and register for your classes as soon as possible.



Learning Design Faculty

Instructors in the Learning Design Graduate Certificate program at Northwestern are leading scholars and practitioners in their field. They bring real-world experiences to the classroom and engage with students on a personal level. Get to know the instructors on our Learning Design Faculty page.

Applying Credit to the MS in Information Design and Strategy Program

Students that are interested in the option of applying their credit to Northwestern's MS in Information Design and Strategy program must submit an online application and submit all required application materials.

Students that elect to apply to a master's program before completing a graduate certificate will be able to count completed courses toward the applicable master's degree, but there will be no certificate conferred.

If you are interested in exploring this option, please contact the SPS graduate advising team for information on how to pursue a master's degree at SPS.

Find out more about Northwestern's Learning Design Graduate Certificate

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