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ATD Master E-Learning Instructional Designer™ Program

Take your e-learning design to the next level with this assessment-based program.

Credits: CEU 2.8 MORE
Level: Advanced
Role(s): Instructional Designer More
Language(s): English
Capability Area(s): Instructional Design More

At this time, there are no scheduled dates for this program.

Please check back for updates or bring it on-site to your organization.

At this time, there are no scheduled dates for this program.

Please check back for updates or bring it on-site to your organization.

Course Info

Learn to design courses that motivate, inform, change behavior, and elevate performance. Earning the ATD Master E-Learning Instructional Designer designation prepares you to design and align learning to meet business objectives and makes you a valued partner to stakeholders.

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Learn to design courses that motivate, inform, change behavior, and elevate performance. Earning the ATD Master E-Learning Instructional Designer designation prepares you to design and align learning to meet business objectives and makes you a valued partner to stakeholders.

Theory is important, but so is learning the practical process of applying e-learning instructional design principles to workplace situations. This three-part mastery program provides both. Engage online as you prepare for the face-to-face course. Collaborate with fellow participants to work through a case study and then plan, design, and learn to build an actual e-learning course. Demonstrate your proficiency by creating a final project for evaluation, and select an elective course that complements what you’ve learned.


  • Critique e-learning modules using an ATD-exclusive rubric.
  • Learn to connect with stakeholders and elevate your position as an e-learning leader.
  • Develop an e-learning solution to a current skill or behavioral challenge you are having in your organization.

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What You Will Learn
  • Use the ATD e-learning instructional design model to develop e-learning projects that motivate, inform, and, most importantly, change behavior and performance.
  • Analyze factors that will shape your design, such as the audience, the learning environment, and the technology ecosystem.
  • Use research and evidence-based practices to make key design decisions at the course level, curriculum level, and initiative level.
  • Write storyboards that meet the needs of your learners, developers, and subject matter experts.
  • Make purposeful decisions about interface design, authoring tools, media, and other factors that affect development of your courses.
  • Create a plan to launch your course and evaluate its effectiveness.
  • Confidently manage e-learning production, from resources and scheduling to managing expectations and quality assurance.
  • Effectively connect and communicate the business impact of your e-learning solutions.
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Program Components
Part 1: Fundamentals (Online)
Two weeks prior to the facilitator-led component, you’ll join your peers in a private online community to complete self-directed exercises. You’ll be welcomed to the program, invited to network with your facilitator and fellow learners, and given access to key program materials and resources.
Part 2: ATD Master E-Learning Instructional Designer Core Course
Attend a four-day, face-to-face classroom training to elevate your e-learning design skills. The classroom portion involves working in a small group on a collaborative case study.

You will follow the ATD E-Learning Design Model from start to finish, with opportunities for application and deep learning along the way. You will also receive a rubric by which to assess e-learning which you can use back on the job.
Part 3: Elective and E-Learning Project
The final component to your success in the program is the design and presentation of your learning project, to be submitted within three months after the core course. The learning project requires you design an e-learning solution that meets the needs of your learners and stakeholders and helps achieve organizational goals. Part of the learning project process will be to receive feedback and analysis from your facilitator.

You also must pass a 20-question assessment to demonstrate mastery of the content of this program. You may take this at any time during the program and can retake it until you achieve a passing score.

Finally, should you choose to do so, you'll continue your personalized learning journey by completing a complimentary elective course (online or face-to-face) of your choice to help you address your own unique professional development needs. You may choose from any ATD certificate program (except for the Training Design and Delivery certificate program) or any Essentials series online workshop. The CPLP Prep, APTD Prep, Elements, and other Master Series courses are not included in the complimentary option.

ATD estimates approximately three to four months to successfully complete the entire program.

Keep in mind the ATD Master E-Learning Instructional Designer is a unique and robust assessment-based program. If you are interested in strengthening your ability in e-learning instructional design and delivery but are not interested in committing to the ATD Master E-Learning Instructional Designer assessment component or timeframe, consider the E-Learning Certificate program.
  • Experienced e-learning developers who want to strengthen their design capability and master new approaches to e-learning course development.
  • Experienced instructional designers ready to validate their skills and improve their ability to lead successful e-learning projects.


To ensure you gain the most from this advanced-level program, we strongly recommend:

  1. demonstrated e-learning experience with at least three years of instructional design
  2. solid understanding of instructional design principles and models (ADDIE, SAM, and so on)
  3. demonstrated experience conducting needs assessments and writing effective learning objectives
  4. completion of a foundational ATD certificate program, such as the E-Learning Instructional Design Certificate (preferred, not required)
Level: Advanced
Roles: Instructional Designer, Learning Technologist
Language: English
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Things to Know


Active participation in all components of ATD Masters Programs is mandatory in order to receive the designation, digital badge, and applicable credits. This includes participating in facilitator-led sessions and completing all online activities, assessments, and project work. Access to the course and all materials is available in the ATD Learning Platform. New content will be made available each week and should be completed before the start of the next week.

For full-day face-to-face or live online program components, participation in all originally scheduled days of the program is mandatory. Participants who miss more than two hours of the entire program will not be eligible to earn the designation.

For multi-week, live online programs with five or more sessions, one missed live session can be made up by listening to the session recording in full. Participants who miss more than one live session will not be eligible to earn the designation.

Active participation in live online sessions includes, but is not limited to, participating in virtual classroom activities, discussions, and breakout sessions. Please note that using a tablet or mobile device significantly limits your ability to participate actively.


28.0 learning hours

2.8 CEUs awarded

28.0 APTD Professional Development Hours or Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.

28.0 CPTD Professional Development Hours or Recertification Points through the ATD Certification Institute.

This program has been approved for 28.0 (General) recertification credit hours toward PHR, SPHR, and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute.

This program is valid for 28.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit


A laptop computer with Wi-Fi capability is required for both face-to-face and online programs. Please do not bring mobile devices (phones, tablets, etc.) in lieu of a laptop. There will be no computers available on-site for participants. Note: You might not have an optimal experience if you are using Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge to access your courses. Chrome is the recommended browser.


Enrolled in a program? Sign in to the ATD Learning Portal with your ATD account credentials two weeks before the first day of class to:

  • Engage with your facilitator and peers.
  • Access pre-work assignments.
  • View any technical requirements.
  • Review logistical information.


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