Instructional Design Certificate Program

In just six months you can be on the path to a new career in Instructional Design. The demand for instructional designers and learning technologists is growing, and is expected to add 36,220 new jobs by 2018.

With a graduate level instructional design certificate, you have a variety of career options such as:

Instructional Designer, Curriculum Developer, Training Specialist, eLearning Developer, Learning Technologist, Multimedia Developer.

The certificate is also appropriate for those working in a variety of industries. Some examples include: K-12 educators; higher education faculty or instructional support staff; human resource practitioners; librarians; and corporate training and development professionals.

Why choose Emmanuel College’s graduate level Instructional Design Certificate?

  • Build a professional portfolio with real-world samples
  • Certificate curriculum designed by industry practioners
  • Get personalized guidance and support from a mentor with relevant experience
  • Complete this fully-online program anywhere, anytime
  • Gain the skills necessary to enter a growing industry with strong salary potential

The job outlook for Instructional Designers is good and expected to grow ( In fact, many sources indicate that there is a challenge finding instructional designers because there is an inadequate supply and increasing competition for talent. (Inside Higher Ed) indicates that Instructional Designers rate their job satisfaction a 5 out of 5 in the “extremely satisfied” category. Additionally, CNN Money says that being an Instructional Designer is the”38th best job in America”.

The average national salary for instructional designers is $60,050, but higher salaries can be expected in major metropolitan areas such as Boston where the average salary is $71-76,000 per year. (

Types of Jobs that fall under the category of Instructional Designer:

  • Education Specialist
  • Training Specialist
  • Curriculum Developer
  • eLearning Developer
  • eLearning Consultant
  • Chief Learning Officer
  • Collaborative Learning Manager
  • Instructional Consultant
  • Instructional Content Designer
  • Learning Technologist
  • Multimedia Developer

Instructional design (ID) is a rapidly growing field with outstanding opportunities for career growth. Two global trends have served as the basis for a sharp increase of the demand for trained professionals in this field: a wide expansion of online education and new technologies as well as the growing need for organizations to train and develop employees, often in geographically dispersed environments.

The Instructional Design Graduate Certificate Program is a new four-course Emmanuel College graduate offering that prepares students for careers as instructional designers. Whether you are pursuing a new career path in instructional design or seeking to develop and advance your existing skills and potential within this burgeoning field, Emmanuel’s program provides a personalized education with real-world experience.

This program’s focus on one-on-one mentorship and practical experience sets it apart from other ID programs. By the end of the program, students will have a strong understanding of instructional systems design principles and practices and a robust portfolio of online and multimedia materials.

This four-course program is designed for the busy, working professional. Each intensive course takes place over an accelerated seven-week time period. Most of the work can be done in a self-paced format with a few live virtual sessions complementing the learning. All courses model best practices for online teaching.

Key topic areas include:

  • Essentials of adult learning and design
  • Organizational theory
  • Principles of instructional design
  • Designing courses and curriculum
  • Instructional technology

During the fourth and final component of the program, you will put into practice the principles you learned by planning, developing, implementing and assessing an instructional design project. Through this capstone experience, you will take a real-world problem and implement a solution to it with the support of your mentor. Students may choose to design and develop a course or design a more extensive curricula that is comprised of a few programs. This project is an outstanding resume-building opportunity.


Beginning in the first semester of the program, you will be paired with a mentor with whom you will work closely to set goals. Your mentors will serve as guides throughout the program. They will offer expert feedback and help you make decisions about course projects. Mentors will also be instrumental in the facilitation of the capstone experience.

Karen Storin Linitz, Program Director

Karen Storin Linitz is the associate dean of Library and Learning Resources at Emmanuel College.  She previously held the position of director of Academic Technology & Innovation at Emmanuel after serving as Learning Technologies Manager at Harvard Law School. As the leader of a team of instructional designers and technologists, Linitz has worked extensively with faculty to promote the effective use of technology in higher education. Her experience includes building a complete e-learning platform to meet faculty and student needs, including managing a migration from Blackboard to Canvas.  In addition, she launched several successful ongoing programs for faculty, including semi-annual Teaching with Technology showcases, a faculty discussion series on evidence-based teaching practices and a pilot of blended/hybrid courses.  Since 2012, her team has more than tripled faculty engagement with instructional technology through programming, outreach and training. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Michigan’s School of Information, and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. She is also a member of the Massachusetts bar and previously practiced labor and employment law at Ropes & Gray in Boston.

Cindy Berhtram

Cindy Berhtram is a learning technologist and librarian. She is passionate about the ways in which technology can foster engagement and learning. With more than 10 years of experience, Berhtram is currently an Academic Technology Specialist and Project Manager at Stanford University. She holds a Master of Science in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut.

Sara Foy

Deeply rooted in Foy’s educational philosophy is the belief that technology is an essential tool in all aspects of teaching and learning. In her work at Tufts University, she partnered closely with faculty members to design and develop pedagogically sound online, blended and experiential learning courses. From curricular review through quality assurance and evaluation, to implementing new and innovative uses of educational technology, she has supported faculty in the integration of teaching and learning best practices. Foy has more than 10 years of instructional design experience working at several higher education institutions, including Boston University, Emmanuel College and Tufts University. She is currently an instructional designer at Clean Harbors and also serves as adjunct faculty at Northeastern University and Granite State College. Foy holds an Ed.M. in Educational Media and Technology from Boston University and a B.S. in Community Health Education from the University of Tennessee.

Teodora Hristov

Teddy Hristov has 13 years of experience developing and applying learning solutions that bring results in a range of educational environments. As a senior instructional designer Emmanuel College, Hristov provided pedagogical consultation to faculty and implemented instructional strategies in course design, establishing standards and best practices. Hristov has also worked as an instructional designer and project manager in the Office of Distance Education at Boston University. She was the instructional designer on all banking and finance courses in the Master of Science in Banking and Financial Services Management online program at BU Metropolitan College, which was ranked eighth out of 236 ranked online graduate business programs in the U.S. for 2013. Her past experience also includes working at UMass Boston, both as a synchronous virtual classroom support and as a course co-developer. Hristov earned a M.Ed. in Instructional Design from UMass Boston and a Master in Pedagogy from Sofia University, Bulgaria. She also holds a B.A./B.S. in Graphic Design.

Liana Nunziato

Liana Nunziato is an instructional designer at Zerto, a company that provides enterprise-class disaster recovery and business continuity software for virtualized data centers and cloud environments. At Zerto, she designs and develops training for customers, partners and internal teams. Previously, Nunziato was the principal instructional designer at Advanced Practice Strategies, where she developed individualized assessment-driven online courses for in-practice doctors and nurses. Earlier in her career, she worked in higher education on blended learning initiatives for Emmanuel College and Union College. Nunziato earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and English from Union College.

Misty Woodbury

As a teacher, writer and instructional designer, Misty Woodbury has been creating engaging learning experiences and teaching adult learners since 2002. Her professional roles have included adjunct professor at Northeastern University, senior curriculum developer at Amplify Learning, instructional designer at New England College of Optometry and freelance writer for various education publishers. In her current role as the Director of Academic Technology and Innovation Group at Emmanuel College, Woodbury helps instructors with the practical application of learning design principles and leveraging technology to transform teaching and learning in online and traditional courses. She earned a B.S and M.A. in English and from Northeastern University.

Dr. Tes Cotter Zakrewski

Dr. Tes Cotter Zakrzewski is a dynamic educator, practitioner and scholar. She currently serves as director of Learning Innovation & Technology at Wentworth Institute of Technology and is also on the adjunct faculty at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Suffolk and Northeastern Universities. With more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, Zakrzewski has extensive experience partnering with leadership teams in global operations to maximize human performance capability and advance business goals. As a vice president at Fidelity Investments, Zakrzewski led Learning and Development groups that supported operations in the U.S and India to strengthen operations, management and leadership capability. For eight years, she coached directors and vice presidents, fostering strength-based development to build a succession pipeline and enable leaders to meet their strategic objectives. Prior to Fidelity, Zakrzewski held various training and operations management roles at Sallie Mae Service Corporation and North American Security Life Insurance Company. She holds an Ed.D. in Adult Education and Leadership from Teachers College Columbia University, a M.S. in Training and Development from Lesley University, and a B.S. in Business from UMass Lowell.

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