Graduate Certificate in Learning Experience Design

Graduate Certificate

CU Denver’s Learning Experience Design certificate focuses on human centered design, learning engagement and motivation, and learning frameworks. You’ll explore distinct themes of design-thinking, learning aesthetics, universal design, and system usability.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: Online Classroom: Fully Online Recommended completion time: 1 year Credits required for completion: 12 Application deadline: Rolling decision

The Details

What you will learn

University of Colorado Denver’s Learning Experience Design certificate program is designed for professionals in an adult workplace setting (corporate, community, government), or professional-learning providers in a school or university setting (K-16). It is focused on the design of powerful learning experiences drawing on principles of design thinking, Learning Experience (LX) Design, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). 

In this certificate program you will: 

  • Design learning opportunities, experiences, and programs, making best use of resources and engaging the full range of learner needs and strengths. 
  • Engage in an iterative design process informed by theories of learning, critical digital pedagogy, and design thinking. 
  • Ensure that learning outcomes, activities, and assessments are aligned to support learning. 
  • Design authentic learning opportunities that align with content area standards and/or learning outcomes and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning. 
  • Apply learning design principles to create innovative learning spaces and digital learning environments and resources that engage and support learning.  
  • Apply principles of social learning, open sharing, and knowledge construction to build community and foster meaningful learning interactions. 

This 12-credit certificate program has rolling admissions, so you may start the program in the Fall, Spring, or Summer term.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to prepare you for excellence in your career as a learning experience designer, educator, and leader. CU Denver and the SEHD are recognized for preparing educators, learning designers, and leaders of distinction who value educational excellence and social justice. Additionally, CU Denver's School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report's “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top education schools in the country.


You will complete the following courses:

  • INTE 5100 Learning Experience Design (3 credits)
  • Select three--
    • INTE 5680 Producing Media for Learning (3 credits)
    • INTE 5660 Developing Self-paced Online Modules (3 credits)
    • INTE 5320 Games and Learning (3 credits)
    • INTE 5711 Creative Designs for Learning (3 credits)

Through these courses you will participate in a learning community that stresses inclusive values, social learning, open sharing, and knowledge construction. You will learn about emerging trends and issues and relevant research and best practices, use a variety of digital media platforms and development tools, and design a number of learning products and resources worthy of showcasing in a professional portfolio. The course assignments focus on solving professional problems of practice in your own school and organizational settings.

Admissions Requirements

How to Apply

  1. Read the instructions below:
    1. From the Admissions Dashboard click "Start New Application"
    2. Click the "Create Application" button
    3. Click the "Open Application" button
    4. Fill in your Personal Information before continuing on to the "Academic Interest" section
    5. Select the Certificate button
    6. Under the Non-Degree dropdown, select "Denver Non-Degree"
    7. Please choose a certificate under the Certificate drop down menu
    8. Select the Term you wish to enroll and then continue the rest of the application as instructed
  2. Start your application here

For more information, email or call 303-315-6300.