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Multimedia Design and Development

Designed for K-12 teachers, higher education instructors and corporate trainers who want to produce and design software to enhance learning.

Currently enrolled students: If you are enrolled in another program at the U, you need to formally apply to earn this certificate.

Application priority deadlines:

  • December 15 - Spring start
  • April 30 - Summer start
  • July 31- Fall start
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What you'll learn

Flexible courses to accommodate your work schedule. This certificate will be completely online beginning Fall 2017.

Complete 12 credits (each course is 3 credits) from the following options:

  • CI 5362—Foundations of Interactive Design for Web-based Learning
  • CI 5363—Introduction to Multimedia Development
  • CI 5336—Planning for Multimedia Design and Development
  • CI 5367—Interactive Multimedia Instruction
  • CI 5365—Contemporary Software Development Issues and Tools

Note: Transfer credits may not be applied to this certificate program.

Get an edge
Cutting-edge research

Our courses are designed and taught by leading researchers.


Benefit from a graduate degree
M.Ed. degree

You can pursue the certificate alone or pursue the certificate and M.Ed. degree in learning technologies at the same time. If interested, apply to both programs.

Tuition + Aid

Tuition varies depending on your degree program, student status, and residency. See the CEHD website for more cost information.

Prepare to apply
All applicants

Required: Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent with at least a 2.8 GPA.

To apply you will need to submit:

Unofficial transcripts. Upload your transcripts into the application system; please do not mail your transcripts. Official transcripts are required only after you are admitted. Tips for uploading your transcript(s).

Resume. Upload in the Program Supplementary Information - Graduate Program Additional Application section.

Statement. One page explaining your current involvement with technology and your career interest related to technology.

Prepare to apply
International applicants

This program does not support VISA requirements; you may want to view our Master of Education degree option.

International applicants may also need:

  • An English translation of your transcripts, if the transcript is not in English. A course by course evaluation may be required.
  • TOEFL scores. Official TOEFL scores are required. You may qualify for an exception if you have completed 16 semester or 24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.

    UMN TOEFL score requirements and submission guidelines

    TOEFL registration and score submission

Download and refer to this tip sheet as you work through the application. The included directions will help you complete your application quickly and smoothly.


Academic adviser
Michelle McElroy

Faculty adviser
Matti Koivula