Adult Learning and Inclusive Design

Uncover innovative paths to effectively engage adult learners with a graduate certificate in Adult Learning and Inclusive Design offered entirely online. In this certificate program, you’ll gain hands-on experience in instructional design, from creating engaging multi-media content to providing evaluations. With a curriculum centered on equity, the program helps you develop an inclusive mindset to best serve diverse adult learners. Gain insight into adult learning theories, instructional strategies, and inclusive assessment through learner-centered design.

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At a Glance

Classes Begin
January 8
Term Length
10 Weeks
4 Course Certificate
As few as 6 months
6 Course Certificate
As few as 12 months
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University College is committed to educational access, and given the difficult circumstances currently impacting millions of people, we are waiving application fees.

Skills You'll Learn

Leverage adult learning theories on instructional strategies

Develop strategies for examining assessment data to refine design practices

Design inclusive learning materials, activities, and assessments


Specialized Graduate Certificate in Adult Learning and Inclusive Design requires completion of 16 credit hours (4 courses)

Concentration Courses

Sample Schedule

Finish a graduate certificate in as few as six months or take up to a year. Choose your time to completion to get a better sense of what your schedule will look like during your certificate program.

Time to Completion
Year 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
4-Course Certificate Classes 2 2 0 0
6-Course Certificate Classes 3 3 0 0

Interested in a master's degree?

Explore our Master of Science in Strategic Human Resources with a concentration in Adult Learning and Inclusive Design.

Take a Course Before You Apply

We know how important it is to get started when you're ready and that's why you can enroll in a course before you officially apply.

Career Outcomes

Predicted outcomes for graduates of Adult Learning and Inclusive Design

The employment outlook for instructional designers appears to be strong with a 10% increase in available roles expected through 2030, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Hot job alert! The recent shift to deliver online education and training due to the global pandemic has resulted in a significant increase in demand for instructional designers, making it one of the “hottest jobs” in education according to Inside Higher Ed.

Increased demand and the global shift to virtual environments in all spheres have expanded instructional designers' opportunities beyond education alone and into non-profits, healthcare, and start-ups.

Job Titles

Learning Experience Designer
Learning Development Manager
Curriculum Developer
Training Manager

Instructional Designer Salary: National Average


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Flexible Online Classes

Flexible Online Classes

We understand the demands of balancing work, friends and family, and school can be challenging. That's why at University College, you can complete your program entirely online. Our online learning platform makes it easy to work anywhere at any time.


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University College programs maintain the highest level of accreditation offered by The Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting bodies recognized by the federal government. The University of Denver and all of its academic programs are regionally accredited by this commission, and regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States.

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