Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Digital Learning Design (DLD)

Basic Certificate Description:

This 15-hour Certificate in Digital Learning Design (DLD) is designed to meet the needs of the working professional responsible for designing digital instructional materials or learning processes. It is to be housed in and offered through the Department of Educational Psychology under the College of Education and Human Development.  The goals intend to provide theory to practice knowledge in order that graduates are capable of (core areas from standards are in bold):

1. Selecting and utilizing an instructional design model to develop digitally offered learning experiences, resources, and processes.

2. Utilizing message design theory aligned with learning theory to design digitally produced learning experiences, resources, and processes.

3. Selecting and utilizing instructional strategies grounded in learning theory that support designated learning outcomes.

4. Analyzing and diagnosing learner needs, preferences, and requirements for digitallydelivered and supported learning.

Why pursue a Graduate Certificate in Digital Learning Design?

Specifically this certificate targets:

  • Professionals who already have a graduate degree but who need DLD knowledge and want a professional certificate for career advancement.
  • Professionals who are interested in a Master’s degree but want to start with a certificate.
  • Professionals who are changing career tracks and need to re-focus or update their knowledge

Admission Requirements and Deadlines:

Certificate Requirements:

Students must complete 15 semester credit hours to receive this certificate. Applicants must meet University-wide admission requirements as outlined for certificate programs in Chapter 3-Certificate Programs, of the Graduate Catalog.

Applicants must also comply with general University regulations as outlined in Chapter 2-General Academic Regulations and Chapter 4-Master’s Degree Regulations. Any applicant who is admitted into a certificate program without being currently enrolled in a graduate degree program is considered to be a special graduate student (non-degree seeking). If the applicant wishes to be admitted into a degree program, they will be required to apply to that program as a degree-seeking student and meet the particular admission criteria. Admittance into or completion of a certificate program is not considered to be qualification for entry into a graduate degree program.

University policy allows for only a maximum number of nine hours of graduate coursework as a special graduate student status to be transferred to a graduate degree program. Students accepted into the DLD certificate program as special graduate students will be required to designate formally at the completion of the first nine hours whether they want to remain as a special student or be or be formally admitted to other graduate programs.

Admission Requirements and Pre-requisites: 

  • Intermediate or advanced skills in at least two of the following areas: web design, multimedia/animation, video, Internet tools, or graphics.
  • Work or academic experience that involves instruction, design, training, and/or curriculum development.
  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited university is also required.

Graduate Studies Application: Yes

Department Application: No

Transcripts: Official transcripts from all institutions attended.  All international transcripts must be recorded in English or officially translated to English.

Test Scores: No

Supplemental Document:  DLD Supplementary Form to access depthness of experience survey -  *Applicants will submit this form as part of the on-line application.*

Resume or CV: Yes

Minimum TOEFL Score (for International Applicants): 550 paper/79 internet

Minimum IELTS Score (for International Applicants): 6.5

Additional Requirements: International students and those with international degrees may be required to submit additional documents per our admissions policies and procedures. The Graduate School reserves the right to request any additional documents needed to fairly and consistently evaluate applicant credentials.

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Application Deadline Dates

Domestic Applicants (Citizens and Permanent Residents):
Spring- November 1
Summer- April 1
Fall- July 1

International Applicants:
Spring- September 1
Summer- March 1
Fall- April 1

Contact Information:

Graduate Advisor of Record: Joaquin Lopez

Email Address: joaquin.lopez@utsa.edu

Phone Number: (210) 458-2721

You can also contact:

Patricia McGee, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Texas at San Antonio
Department of Educational Psychology
501 Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., Suite DB 4.335
San Antonio, TX 78207-4415
Patricia.mcgee@utsa.edu
(512)289-4464; fax (210) 458-2019

Course Scheduling and Offerings:

Graduate courses are typically on weekday evenings starting at 6 PM to accomodate full-time working students.


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