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Instruction & Facilitation Training

UNM Continuing Education offers certificate programs in Instruction and Facilitation Training to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to become effective professional trainers or to gain advanced skills in delivering presentations and leading group discussions.

We also offer a certificate in the exciting field of online instruction. Learn how to develop dynamic online courses and teach effectively in an e-learning environment. Online Instructor Certificate will be issued upon student's request.

Required Classes (6)
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Discover how to facilitate learning in the workplace or classroom. You'll explore adult learning theory, learning styles and the unique characteristics of adult learners. This course views adult learners both as a collective group and as individuals with diverse needs while emphasizing the practical and summarizing the theoretical. It's helpful for anyone teaching or training adults in formal or informal settings.

23000 | TBA

Facilitating Adult Learning


This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Registration Office for more information.

Receive an introduction to the complete five-step Instructional System Design (ISD) model: analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation. Then you'll participate in a detailed study of the analysis and design steps. The class discussions will focus on defining the target audience, developing a content outline and writing instructional objectives. You'll also develop a training project analysis and design a document for the final class project. Notes: Prerequisite: Facilitating Adult Learning or prior experience with adult learning theory. Required text: Developing Technical Training: A Structured Approach for Developing Classroom and Computer-based Instructional Materials, 3rd ed., Ruth Colvin Clark. Students are required to purchase and bring their textbook with them on the first day of class.

23003 | TBA

Instructional Systems Design


This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Registration Office for more information.

Facilitating learning in an online environment requires familiarity with a range of technologies and learning management systems available. In this class, you will explore and gain practice with some of the technological tools used to create and deliver effective teaching and training online. Gain confidence in your online course development across platforms while considering the strengths and limitations of each. Prerequisite: 23003: Instructional Systems Design.

23042 | TBA

Online Technologies for Teaching and Training - Hybrid


This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Registration Office for more information.

Online courses are now standard learning environments, so it's important that you know how to develop them. This class focuses on building online course components that maximize content comprehension in an online environment. You'll study how to incorporate activities and other course content that encourages interaction and enhances student engagement. You'll also build your knowledge of common course development activities, including discussion sessions, uploading assignments, adding video and other media, and developing assessments. Notes: This is a hybrid course. This class will meet face-to-face for the first class session only. This face-to-face class session will give the students an introduction to the Moodle platform and how to access their course shells. The class is a total of 18 hours, with 3 hours face-to-face, 12 hours working independently online and 3 hours with a one-on-one session with the instructor to focus on technical support. The one-on-one is arranged between the student and instructor.

23045 | TBA

Online Course Design and Development-Hybrid


This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Registration Office for more information.
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Become a Global Career Development Facilitator! This 120 hour certification course will develop or enhance your career in career development. A GCDF may serve as a career group facilitator, job search trainer, career resource center coordinator, career coach, career development case manager, intake interviewer, occupational and labor market information resource person, academic advisor, human resource career development coordinator, employment/placement specialist, or workforce development staff person. This exciting course is designed to help individuals learn to assist individuals in their career development. This course is a hybrid course — we will meet face to face once per week for a total of 30 hours, and students are responsible for self-paced online coursework as well. Students can expect approximately 30 hours of homework while completing this course. There will be an additional 60 hours of coursework completed online on the student's own time. Participants must have a bachelor's degree and currently be working in or pursuing a career advisement position. Participants also must have career development experience (academic advising and counseling experience fulfils this requirement). Contact Jenna Crabb at for program questions. Times in the schedule include the number of hours expected each week to work on the online portion of the class. All face-to-face meetings will be in the UNM Career Services Conference Room (University Advisement and Enrichment Center, Room 220).

23077 | TBA

Global Career Development Facilitator Training-Hybrid


This class will be scheduled on a future date. Please check with the Registration Office for more information.

Bright Outlook Career

Instructional Design is a Bright Outlook Career

Instructional Design is identified as a “Bright Outlook” career, meaning that they are expected to grow rapidly in the next several years.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the annual salary range for this field in New Mexico is $32K-89K.

Our Professional Trainer and Online Instructor certificates are terrific stepping stones for this in-demand career!

Statistics according to O*Net

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance may be available if you are unemployed, a veteran or veteran’s spouse, or a person with a disability. Other options include education loans. For more funding options, and contact information, please visit our Loans and Financial Aid page. UNM Staff, Faculty and Retirees: You may use your Tuition Remission for all Professional Development classes. Learn more about UNM Tuition Remission.