You want to empower people in your workplace. We want to empower you. Our shared passion for helping adults progress in their knowledge and skills makes PLNU the place for you to establish or advance in leading professional development in your workplace.

Partnership for your future

PLNU offers many opportunities for further professional development and graduate education. We also offer free career counseling. As a Christian university, PLNU values you as a whole person and integrates faith into the learning environment.

Convenient for Your Life

The hybrid format makes this certificate work with your career and family obligations. Since PLNU is known for making online education personal, you can be sure you will receive the attention and support you need.

Relevant to Your Needs

Learn to successfully design and manage professional development in your workplace with the latest, research-based and classroom-tested best practices.

If you are in charge of designing and managing professional development in your workplace, this 15-unit certificate will help prepare you for greater effectiveness. You will develop an understanding of adult learning theory, effective instructional design, and leadership for organizational success in both face-to-face and online venues. This program is designed for professionals new to the teaching and learning environment and leadership role. It can be taken on its own or as part of a Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in Leadership in Learning.

Expected Completion Time

2 - 3 semesters

Program FormatHybrid (online and face-to-face instruction)
Mission Valley
Needed Units to Graduate


Program Start Date

Spring 2017:
Quad I - January 9, 2017
Quad II - March 13, 2017

Summer 2017:
Quad I - May 15, 2017
Quad II - July 10, 2017

Fall 2017:
Quad I - August 28, 2017
Quad II - October 23, 2017

Not all programs offer entry for new students each quad, check with enrollment counselor for programs and start dates.


$610 (per unit) in San Diego & $595 (per unit) in Bakersfield for the 2016 - 2017 academic year

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Quality & Experience

Management in Instructional Design

The Center for Student Success and Career Development provides financial, academic, and career support for students, giving them the tools they need to be successful at PLNU and beyond.

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Important Dates

Program Start Date(s):

Spring 2017:
Quad I - January 9, 2017
Quad II - March 13, 2017

Summer 2017:
Quad I - May 15, 2017
Quad II - July 10, 2017

Fall 2017:
Quad I - August 28, 2017
Quad II - October 23, 2017

Application Date(s):

Spring 2017:
Quad I - November 29, 2016
Quad II - February 7, 2017

Summer 2017:
Quad I - April 3, 2017
Quad II - May 29, 2017

Fall 2017:
Quad I - July 17, 2017
Quad II - September 11, 2017

Not all programs offer entry for new students each quad, check with enrollment counselor for programs and start dates.

Connie Campbell, Ed.D.

Conni Campbell

Associate Dean for MA Education Programs | Leading Instructional Design for Professionals Certificate

Our students design and manage professional development for school and corporate organizations, and this certificate prepares you with adult learning theory and effective teaching practice.

The Selection Process

To be admitted into PLNU's education program, you must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, as evidenced by an official transcript.

We understand that your application is not only a reflection of you as a student; it’s a reflection of you as a person. At PLNU, we holistically evaluate your academic history, work and life experience, background, and circumstances to determine admission into a graduate program. 

While your undergraduate GPA is an important piece of your application, if you do not meet the minimum GPA requirement of a 3.0 or higher, you may still be eligible for admission. Your application package and the exceptions policy for the program are key for the final determination of admission. Please contact your enrollment counselor, who will advise you regarding your qualifications and provide specific information about the admission under exceptions process.

If you have any questions about your qualifications or the program in general, we encourage you to contact your enrollment counselor.

Application Checklist

*Note: The application is completed entirely online with the exception of transcripts, which can be submitted electronically or directly to PLNU, and test scores, which should be submitted electronically.

  • Submit online application for admissions (includes $50 non-refundable application fee—fee waived if applicant is one of the following: PLNU alum, current or former military and their dependents, or PLNU employee). 
  • Submit official transcripts with proof of earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution. *If you have higher degree work, transcripts may be submitted but only the baccalaureate transcripts are required.
    • Official transcripts must be sent to: 
      Point Loma Nazarene University 
      Office of Graduate Admissions 
      3900 Lomaland Dr. 
      San Diego, CA 92106
    • Official electronic transcripts must be emailed to: gradprocessing@pointloma.edu
  • Submit personal essay. The essay should be 2-3 pages in length, double spaced. 
    • Describe your professional career goals for the next five years. 
    • Describe the variety of experiences that helped you determine these goals. 
    • Explain what motivates you to work in California’s diverse schools. 
    • Explain why you are applying to PLNU, a private Christian university.
  • Provide two professional recommendations—you will be asked to register your recommenders by providing their names, titles, and email addresses.
  • For credential seekers only: Submit basic skills exam (CBEST or equivalent) scores. This can be demonstrated by taking the CBEST exam. 
    • OR Multiple Subject CSET plus writing skills examination.
    • OR passage of the CSU Early Assessment Program or the CSU Placement Examination.
    • OR Proof of a Valid CA Teaching Credential.

Exceptions Policy: If you have below a 3.0 GPA in your baccalaureate degree, you will need to speak with your enrollment counselor for more information on the exceptions materials needed for this program.

Financial Aid

The Center for Student Success and Career Development is committed to assist you throughout your educational journey. Your Student Services Counselor will walk you through your payment options, which may include federal student loans, grants, employer tuition reimbursement, military benefits, and the Tuition Installment Plan. We encourage you to reach out to your Student Services Counselor to learn about the financial opportunities available to you.

Types of Aid

Types of aid available for master’s degree students:

Potential sources of aid may include:

  • Federal student loans
  • Grants
  • Employer tuition reimbursement process
  • Military and veterans benefits
  • Tuition installment plan

Visit Graduate Student Financial Services for more information.

Still have questions? Our enrollment counselors are here to help.

List of Courses

GED 604 - Instructional Leadership for Success (3)

Culture of Teaching and Learning: This course provides an opportunity for the candidate to learn how to advocate, nurture, and sustain a school or professional workplace culture with an instructional program that is conducive to student learning and staff professional growth. Coursework and fieldwork focus on the implementation of state-adopted academic content standards, frameworks and instructional materials, as well as assessment and accountability systems. CTC Standard 6(b)/CPSEL Standard 2.

GED 606 - Organizational Leadership and Resource Management (3)

This course provides an opportunity for the candidate to learn how to ensure the management of the organization, operations, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment. The course includes the study and application of organizational theory that reflects effective leadership and management concepts and strategies that contribute to exceptional achievement of learning goals and the professional participation of all adults in the learning community. CTC Standard 6(c)/CPSEL Standard 3.

GED 616 - Curriculum Development, Innovation, and Evaluation (3)

This course provides candidates the opportunity to explore current innovations in teaching and learning as well as to examine their own teaching style in order to better meet the needs of diverse learners. The content of this course includes Models of Teaching and provides an in-depth analysis of Behavioral, Information Processing, Personal and Social models. Candidates also examine the principles and problems of pedagogy, curriculum development, procedures for evaluation of curriculum and curricular innovation, and methods for stimulating changes in teaching and learning environments.

GED 628 - Using Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning (2)

This course provides candidates the additional preparation they need to be fluent, critical users of technology, able to provide a relevant education to those who seek life-long learning in an information-based, interactive society. Candidates make appropriate and efficient use of software applications and related media to access and evaluate information, analyze and solve problems, and communicate ideas in order to maximize the instructional process. The use of technology supports teaching and learning regardless of individual learning style, socioeconomic background, culture, ethnicity, or geographic location. Candidates integrate technology-related tools into the educational experience of students, including those with special needs.

GED 670 - Applied Psychology of Learning (3)

This course provides opportunity for application of research and theory with major attention devoted to the problems of learning, individual differences, and behavior.

GED 691 - Educational Workshops/ Special Studies in Education (.5-3)

Instructional Technology Project. An intensive study of a special topic in education involving university faculty and/or lecturers. Available for continuing education units. May be repeated for a total of 12 units. Graded Credit/No Credit or Letter.

If you are pursuing this certificate as part of a Master of Arts in Education - Teaching and Learning, you will also take the twenty-one semester units required for the degree


Why PLNU? No matter which PLNU program you decide is right for you, you'll discover the hallmark PLNU experience is designed to give every student the clear framework and professional tools to stand out in his or her field.

Established in 1902, PLNU is located in beautiful San Diego. Our small class sizes, focused faculty attention, and convenient online offerings are just a few of the powerful ways PLNU delivers real value to every student, no matter which physical or virtual campus he or she chooses.

Management of Instructional Design for Professionals Certificate


San Diego 
Katherine MacMahon
Enrollment Counselor
(619) 563-2885

Stephanie Meier
(661) 377-4721
(866) 861-4723