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Learn the Latest Knowledge and Skills with our Instructional Communication Graduate Certificates.

Are you looking to enhance your knowledge of best practices in instructional communication? Offered by the College of Liberal Arts, our 100% online Instructional Communication certificates will advance your communication skills, regardless of your profession.

You can choose from either our 12-credit option, or opt for the 18-credit Advanced option. While you cannot earn both certificates, you can choose to switch from the regular to advanced certificate prior to completing 9 credits in the regular track.

The 12-credit hour Instructional Communication certificate is designed for secondary educators and professionals in employee training and development environments, such as HR and medical professionals. 

The 18-credit hour Advanced Instructional Communication certificate will be of particular interest to both educators seeking the credentials to teach communication at the collegiate level and corporate trainers/consultants seeking the skills to increase their effectiveness in employee leadership, training, and development.

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What Can You Do With a Graduate Certificate in Communication?

Once you complete either of our programs, you’ll discover new opportunities to careers such as: 

"Strong communication skills rank among the top in-demand skills for a range of sectors, including education, healthcare, human resources, non-profit, and technology. Meet these marketplace needs with USI’s instructional communication certificates, and develop your own skills while learning to teach and train others."

Dr. Leigh Anne Howard, Chair of Communications Department, University of Southern Indiana

  1. Submit an online application and $40 application fee.
  2. Upload a current resume to your application account.
  3. Submit official transcripts to Graduate Studies.
  4. International applicants may be required to submit additional information.

Courses within both certificate programs are offered entirely online using a learning management system. Access to a reliable computer with internet access is required.

Instructional Communication Certificate

The Instructional Communication Certificate is a 12-credit hour graduate program for teachers, human resource managers, or medical professionals looking to improve their communication in an instructional or workplace setting. The program will be beneficial to educators from any discipline to design messages to advance the teaching of any subject in a classroom, enhance employee training and development in the workplace, or improve communication to patients about their medical treatment.

Students can expect to successfully design messages in an instructional context, effectively deliver instruction, and explore skills and topics that can enhance their understanding of communication as they relate to leadership skills, decision-making, conflict resolution, and diversity in an educational or professional setting. 

The 12-credit hour certificate has two required courses (six credit hours) and two COMM 600-level directed electives (six credit hours).

Required courses:

  • COMM 617 - Instructional Communication 
  • COMM 637 - Critical Pedagogy and Communication 

Directed electives:

  • COMM 601 - Foundations of Communication Theory 
  • COMM 602 - Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
  • COMM 603 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication 
  • COMM 605 - Gender, Communication, and Culture 
  • COMM 607 - Teaching Communication
  • COMM 610 - Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication 
  • COMM 611 - Communication and Personal Relationships 
  • COMM 614 - Problematic Workplace Communication  
  • COMM 615 - Communication and Popular Culture
  • COMM 616 - Seminar in Personal and Cultural Identity 
  • COMM 620 - Special Topics in Organizational Communication 
  • COMM 623 - Leadership and Communication 
  • COMM 624 - Nonprofit and Association Communication 
  • COMM 625 - History of Mass Media 
  • COMM 628 - Crisis Communication 
  • COMM 630 - Special Topics in Mass Communication 
  • COMM 633 - Media Ethics
  • COMM 631 - Organizational Advocacy 
  • COMM 634 - Social Media, Culture, and Society
  • COMM 650 - Special Topics in Communication and Culture
  • COMM 651 - Storytelling 
  • COMM 670 - Special Topics in Instructional Communication  

Advanced Instructional Communication Certificate

The 18-hour Advanced Communication Certificate provides additional support for those seeking to sharpen their expertise in communication and their ability to offer clear, concise instruction that generates results. The Advanced Instructional Communication certificate will be of particular interest to both high school teachers and college faculty seeking the credentials to teach communication at the collegiate level and corporate trainers and consultants seeking the skills to increase their effectiveness in employee leadership, training, and development.

The certificate program will help students successfully design messages in an instructional context, effectively deliver instruction about communication, and explore skills and topics that can enhance their communication in regards to leadership skills, decision-making, diversity, and conflict-resolution in an educational context.

The 18-credit hour certificate has three required courses (nine credit hours) and three COMM 600-level directed electives (nine credit hours).

Required courses:

  • COMM 607 - Teaching Communication
  • COMM 617 - Instructional Communication 
  • COMM 637 - Critical Pedagogy and Communication 

Directed electives:

  • COMM 601 - Foundations of Communication Theory 
  • COMM 602 - Qualitative Research Methods in Communication
  • COMM 603 - Quantitative Research Methods in Communication 
  • COMM 605 - Gender, Communication, and Culture 
  • COMM 610 - Special Topics in Interpersonal Communication 
  • COMM 611 - Communication and Personal Relationships 
  • COMM 614 - Problematic Workplace Communication  
  • COMM 615 - Communication and Popular Culture
  • COMM 616 - Seminar in Personal and Cultural Identity 
  • COMM 620 - Special Topics in Organizational Communication 
  • COMM 623 - Leadership and Communication 
  • COMM 624 - Nonprofit and Association Communication 
  • COMM 625 - History of Mass Media 
  • COMM 628 - Crisis Communication 
  • COMM 630 - Special Topics in Mass Communication 
  • COMM 633 - Media Ethics
  • COMM 631 - Organizational Advocacy 
  • COMM 634 - Social Media, Culture, and Society
  • COMM 650 - Special Topics in Communication and Culture
  • COMM 651 - Storytelling 
  • COMM 670 - Special Topics in Instructional Communication  

Earn Your Graduate Certificate on Your Time

Our 100% online Graduate Certificates in Instructional Communication give you the freedom to schedule your coursework around your availability. We have 3 starts a year, meaning you don't have to wait to begin your journey to completing your certificate.

Course Start Application Deadline Registration Deadline
05/15/23 04/21/23 05/05/23
08/21/23 08/04/23 08/18/23

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Interested in a Master's degree?

All courses in the Instructional Communication or Advanced Instructional Communication certificate programs apply to the Master of Arts in Communication curriculum at USI! The MAC is a comprehensive, integrated program that bridges human and mass communication to focus on the critical, cultural, and social study of communication. 

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