Programs and Degrees

Digital Learning Design

Why study Digital Learning Design?

The 15 credit hour Digital Learning Design (DLD) Certificate provides a range of highly marketable and transferable skills to be used in any profession involving teaching, training or development of personnel or customers/clients.  Through a combination of hands-on, competency based coursework and field experience, students will apply learning theory to the design, development and implementation of digital learning experiences in a range of environments.  In addition, students will develop a digital portfolio of work products they can use to demonstrate creativity and skill mastery to future employers.

Successful candidates in Digital Learning Design should:

  • Demonstrate academic program success
  • Take risks in creativity and application of ideas
  • Take ownership of learning goals
  • Think outside of the box
  • Commit to learner success in a variety of environments
  • Collaborate with others in professional settings
  • Focus on learner success and respect learner diversity

Career Possibilities

The field of learning design is evolving and with it a growing variety of professional fields applying sound learning and design theory using technology.  According to the Institute for the Future’s (IFTF) “Future Work Skills 2020” report, key drivers reshaping work include new media literacy, design mindset, virtual collaboration, and novel and adaptive thinking (IFTF, 2011).  All of these skills are developed and supported through the Digital Learning Design certificate

Marketable skills developed in this certificate include:

  • Digital communication and virtual collaboration skills
  • Content and assessment design in online and blended environments
  • Visual, information and digital literacy
  • Application of learning and design theory to improving learner engagement
  • Integrating innovative digital learning tools for learner success

DLD students will bring new perspectives, skills, and tools to learning environments.  Professional fields benefiting from learning designers include corporate training, museums, health care industries, schools, sales and fields we can’t yet imagine.

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Formed as the Teachers College in 1905, the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) continually merits local, state and national recognition.  Unique benefits of this program include:

  • Community partnerships with a diverse range of museums, hospitals, and both urban and suburban K-12 schools
  • Partnerships with programs across UC, including the Department of Communication and School of Information Technology, provide interdisciplinary opportunities
  • Field experiences in the professional environment of your choice to focus on your present and future academic and career goals

Admission Requirements

This program is open to students in good academic standing with a cumulative university grade point average of 2.8 and the desire to succeed.  Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study. Interested students should meet with a UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services Student Services staff member for appropriate advising. Please note: In order to obtain this certificate, 50% or more of the required coursework must be taken from the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. 

Application materials for the certificate program can be located here.

Program length: 2.5 years part time


Graduation Requirements

Student must complete program requirements with a grade of C or better in order to obtain the certificate.

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines are as follows: fall semester - July 1; spring semester - November 1; summer semester - March 1.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Undergraduate Certificate Degree in Digital Learning Design

Full-Time Program Duration

1 Years


Uptown Campus West


PO BOX 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221
Phone: (513) 556-6308
Office of Recruitment