Graduate Certificates in Instructional Communication

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Program Overview

Are you looking to enhance your knowledge of best practices in instructional communication?

Our 100% online Instructional Communication certificates will advance your communication skills, regardless of your profession.

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Choose one of the following options:

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

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2.) The 18-credit hour Advanced Instructional Communication certificate. This advanced 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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NOTE: You cannot earn both certificates; however, you can request to switch to the Advanced Instructional Communication certificate prior to completing nine hours in the Instructional Communication certificate. All courses in the certificate programs meet requirements in the Master of Arts in Communication.

Instructional Communication Certificate

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Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to the Instructional Communication Certificate  program: 

1.) Admission to Graduate Studies.

2.) A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science from an accredited institution. 

3.) An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

4.) A well-written letter of intent explaining how your career goals are connected to the certificate program. This letter of intent will serve as your application letter and writing sample. In this writing sample, the admissions committee will evaluate your potential and ability for graduate-level writing. 

5.) Three professional letters of recommendation. 

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Program Details

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.

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Program Benefits

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. 

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Program Curriculum

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

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Admission Requirements

Requirements for admission to the Advanced Instructional Communication Certificate program:

1.) Admission to Graduate Studies.

2.) A Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science from an accredited institution. 

3.) An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

4.) A well-written letter of intent explaining how your career goals are connected to the certificate program. This letter of intent will serve as your application letter and writing sample. In this writing sample, the admissions committee will evaluate your potential and ability for graduate-level writing. 

5.) Three professional letters of recommendation. 

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Program Details

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.

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Program Benefits

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.

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Program Curriculum

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  

Program Delivery & Technology Requirements

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

Program Calendar

Course Start Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline
01/11/21 12/14/20 12/21/20 01/08/21
05/17/21 04/19/21 04/26/21 05/14/21

"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

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While you're here...

Have you thought about earning your Master of Arts in Communication (MAC)? 

All courses in the Instructional Communication or Advanced Instructional Communication certificate programs apply to the MAC 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. 

Visit the MAC program website below!

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