Instructional Design Certificate – FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI)


FEMA Emergency Management Institute

FEMA Emergency Management Institute

By definition, Instructional Design (also called Instructional Systems Design (ISD)) is the practice of creating “instructional experiences which make the acquisition of knowledge and skill more efficient, effective, and appealing.” The process consists broadly of determining the current state and needs of the learner, defining the end goal of instruction, and creating some “intervention” to assist in the transition. Ideally the process is informed by pedagogically (process of teaching) and andragogically (adult learning) tested theories of learning and may take place in student-only, teacher-led or community-based settings. The outcome of this instruction may be directly observable and scientifically measured or completely hidden and assumed. There are many instructional design models but many are based on the ADDIE model with the five phases: 1) analysis, 2) design, 3) development, 4) implementation, and 5) evaluation. As a field, instructional design is historically and traditionally rooted in cognitive and behavioral psychology, though recently Constructivism (learning theory) has influenced thinking in the field.

The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) Master Trainer Program (MTP) is designed to provide training professionals a means to acquire knowledge and skills in various areas of the training profession and at various levels of expertise. The program is comprised of seven separate certificate programs, at basic through advanced and executive levels, in the areas of Instruction, Instructional Design, and Training Management.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN CERTIFICATE

The Instructional Design Certificate provides personnel assigned to design and develop curriculum materials in support of courses, training programs, and training activities, practical knowledge and skills in developing and publishing training materials. Emphasis is placed on the process of developing training plans, training materials, evaluation plans, and student knowledge and skill assessments. A certificate of completion for the Instructional Design Certificate will be awarded upon completion of required courses and research paper.

Application Requirements: Prospective participants in this certificate program should submit an application letter requesting enrollment in the program to NETC Admissions, 16825 S. Seton Ave. Emmitsburg, MD, 21727. The enrollment request should include either a completion certificate for the Master Trainer Program Basic Instructional Design Certificate or a resume that outlines a minimum of 1-2 years experience as a curriculum developer. Additionally, please include a completed General Admission Application, FEMA Form 119-25-1, for each resident course required by the certificate. This form is available online. Online courses may be completed via the EMI Independent Study Program located here.

NOTE: The E614 and E615 courses are scheduled sequentially over a two-week period. Students are expected to request enrollment for both courses and complete them as scheduled in residence for two weeks.

Required Courses for Certificate Completion:

Section 508 Awareness Course (IS-901)

Research in Training and Education (IS-619)

Technical Writing (IS-613)

Analysis and Design of Training (E614)

Development and Evaluation of Training (E615)

Required Research Paper for Certificate Completion:

Each participant in the certificate program will be required to complete a research-to-application paper regarding an observed instructional design and development issue within their organization. This paper will describe the issue to be researched, results of a literature review, the research model used in collecting data, the results of analysis of data, and recommendations to resolve the identified issue.

MTP Research Paper Guidelines

Course Descriptions:

Section 508 Awareness Course (IS-901)
Available online from EMI’s Independent Study program, this course provides a general overview of accessibility requirements under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (as amended).

Technical Writing (IS-613)
Available online from EMI’s Independent Study program , this course provides instruction in technical writing processes and products. Key topics in this course include prewriting, drafting, revising, editing and proofreading, and publishing, as well as copyright requirements, organization of information, and use of photographs, graphics, and charts.

Study Hours: 10 hours

CEUs: 1.0

Research in Training and Education (IS-619)
Available online from EMI’s Independent Study program, this course provides an overview of the process in conducting research in training and education and documenting the analysis of the research in a paper. Topics in the course include the development of an issue or problem statement to be researched, process to conduct a literature review, types of research and data collection models, and formats for research papers.

Study Hours: 5.75 hours

CEUs: 0.6

Analysis and Design of Training (E614)
An essential element of instructional design and curriculum development is the initial analysis of the need for training and the resulting design of training methods and content. This course provides the student the theory and application of analysis methods and course design. Key topics of this course will include analysis of training needs and requirements, development of analysis documents, and design of courses and training programs based upon the results and recommendations of an analysis.

Selection Criteria: The primary audience for this course is composed of individuals assigned to curriculum development duties or positions.

ACE recommendations: This course has not been reviewed for credit.

Prerequisites: Required: Completion of the Master Trainer Program Basic Instructional Design Certificate OR 1-2 years experience as a curriculum developer.

Course Length: 5 days

CEUs: This course has not been reviewed for credit.

Development and Evaluation of Training (E615)
Efficient development of course content and evaluation of curriculum and training program elements are key to the successful implementation and sustainment of training. Key topics of this course will include development of various types of training materials, student knowledge and skill assessments, and implementation of evaluation programs for courses, instructors, and training programs.

Selection Criteria: The primary audience for this course is composed of individuals assigned to curriculum development duties or positions.

ACE recommendations: This course has not been reviewed for credit.

Prerequisites: Required: Completion of the Master Trainer Program Basic Instructional Design Certificate OR 1-2 years experience as a curriculum developer.

Course Length: 4 days

CEUs: This course has not been reviewed for credit

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Enrollment Policies / Eligibility

Enrollment in EMI courses is generally limited to U.S. residents; however, each year a limited number of international participants are accommodated in EMI courses. To take a course at EMI, applicants must meet the selection criteria and prerequisites specified for each course. Participants may not take the same course more than once.

Foreign Applicant Policies

A very limited number of opportunities exist for non-U.S. citizens to attend EMI courses. Click here for more Foreign Application information.

Application Timeline

Seats are filling up fast, so it’s important to apply early. Please click here for EMI on-campus courses application timelines.

Application Procedures

Please follow the instructions below to apply an EMI course.

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  • Complete and sign the application form (Please fill out all blanks on the form completely or it will be returned). This application must be coordinated, reviewed, and approved by:

   The head of the applicant’s sponsoring organization,

   Forward the application to the appropriate State Emergency Management Agency for Emergency Management Services, and (The addresses are listed at the back of the EMI Catalog of Activities)

   The NETC Admissions Office.

  • Send completed application(s) to:

Admissions Office, Room I-216
National Emergency Training Center
16825 South Seton Avenue
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727-8998
Phone: (301) 447 – 1035
Fax: (301) 447 – 1658
Email: netc-admissions@fema.dhs.gov

After each application period

  • NETC staff will review the applications and notify applicants regarding their status as noted above.
  • EMI will post any remaining vacancies on the EMI Web site and interested personnel may continue to apply. EMI will fill vacancies on a first-come, first-served basis.