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Program at a Glance

Online Certificate
College of Community Innovation and Education
Credit Hours
Most Innovative University 2022

Design cutting-edge training systems for high-impact results.

Simulations and gamification are increasingly used across industries for educational and training purposes. A growing demand in simulation and game-based training points to a growing need in this evolving field. With your online graduate certificate in instructional design for simulations, you’ll be poised to work with engineers, graphic artists, computer programmers and game developers to design highly effective training and instructional systems.

Through UCF Online, you’ll gain the foundational skills you need to create educational trainings, simulations and games. With courses that focus on topics such as instructional system design, transmedia story creation, perspectives on modeling and more, you’ll be well-prepared to tackle the current evolution of the field.

This online instructional design certificate follows an interdisciplinary approach. UCF Online’s innovative program is designed for educators, instructional designers, human resource professionals and training specialists. If you’re ready to provide an unforgettable training experience, get started now.

International students who are in the U.S. and maintaining a U.S. Student Visa are not eligible for this program.

Instructional designer creating a course at a computer.

Application Deadlines

December 1
April 1
July 1

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Course Overview

Instructional System Design

This course focuses on the systematic analysis and design of instruction, including task, learner, and context analyses, objectives and learner assessments, media selection, flowcharting and storyboarding.

Integration of ISD methods with simulation systems design, including analysis, design, development and formative evaluation of leading-edge training and educational simulation technologies.

Integration of instructional design and game development processes, analysis of existing instructional games and game engines and the design of an instructional game.

Skills You'll Learn

  • Implement best practices in digital and distributed course design.
  • Evaluate pedagogy as implemented across learning systems.
  • Analyze user behavior to create high impact educational materials.

Career Projections


Annual Job


Job Growth
2019 - 2029

Source: Lightcast™ . 2024

Career Opportunities

  • E-Learning Developer
  • consultant
  • director of learning
  • instructional designer
  • instructional technologist
  • learning experience designer
  • senior designer