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Athabasca University

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Instructional Design
Program Regulations

Students are required to complete nine credits (three courses) in the PBCID.

Program Status

To maintain program status, students must complete six credits of course work during each academic year (September 1 to August 31). In core courses, the lowest acceptable grade is B-. Students who receive a grade lower than B-, or receive more than one grade of B- or lower, may be required to withdraw from the program.

In elective courses, the lowest acceptable grade is C+. Students who receive a grade lower than C+, or receive more than one grade of C+ or lower, may be required to withdraw from the program.


To meet the residency requirements, students must complete a minimum of two courses (six credits) through Athabasca University.

Program Requirements

Students must complete MDDE 603 before MDDE 604. Students may register in MDDE 617 concurrently with either MDDE 603 or MDDE 604.

Required Core Courses

MDDE 603 Foundations of Instructional Design: Systems Analysis and Learning Theory (3)
MDDE 604 Instructional Design in Distance Education (3)
MDDE 617 Program Evaluation in Distance Education (3)

PBCID courses are generally available as follows:

Fall term: 603, 604, 617
Winter term: 603, 604
Spring/Summer term: 603, 604, 617

Permission of the program director is required before courses are taken for PBCID program credit outside Athabasca University.

Relationship to MEd Program

Students who complete the PBCID program successfully, may apply for admission to the MEd program. If admitted, credits completed by the student towards the PBCID will be accepted for credit towards the MEd degree in accordance with the MEd program regulations.

Students should be aware that admission to the MEd program is highly competitive. PBCID graduates must compete with other qualified applicants for admission to the degree program.

Program Delivery

The program is offered during three semesters each year. The fall semester begins the second Monday in September. The winter semester begins the second Monday in January. The spring/summer session begins the last Monday in April. Each semester is 13 weeks in length. All course work should be completed during the semester periods. Extensions to these timelines may be granted, if circumstances warrant (refer to Course Regulations and Procedures).

Completion Time Limits

Students have a maximum of two years from their first registration as a program student to complete the PBCID program.

Transfer Credit

Students enrolled in the PBCID program may take courses from other post-secondary institutions in fulfilment of the program requirements, provided such courses are applicable to Athabasca University's PBCID program.

Students wishing to take courses from other institutions must submit:

  • a Letter of Permission Request Form and applicable fee
  • a written request, and
  • detailed course outlines

to the program director for review. If approved, the Centre for Distance Education will issue a Letter of Permission. To allow for mailing time, requests for a Letter of Permission should be made at least one month before the registration deadline at the institution where the student will be taking the course. Upon completion of the course, the student must submit an official transcript to the Centre for Distance Education in order to obtain credit for the course.

Program Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from the program by submitting their request in writing to the program director. Students who withdraw may be re-enrolled in the program by following the application procedures. Students requesting re-admission to the program will be competing against all other applicants and will not receive special consideration.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated July 10 2017 by laurab

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