Training and Talent Development Graduate Certificate

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The Training and Talent Development certificate program is designed for early and mid-career HR professionals who want to learn concepts in the field of performance improvement. Through coursework in this program, you will:

  • Learn the key principles relevant to training and talent development. They include: the role of training in an organization, adult learning theory, needs assessment, training methodology, organizational support, resources and constraints, evaluation of training, and managing the training function.
  • Build competency in the practical execution of training.  Learners will work through the ISD process to assemble a training or education project that is ready for implementation.
  • Gain understanding of both the historical underpinnings, as well as contemporary approaches to leadership.

The Training and Talent Development certificate is a 4-course, 12-credit program. These credits can also be applied toward obtaining the M.P.S. in I/O Psychology or the M.A. in Learning and Performance Technology.

Required Courses

LAPT/EDUC 602: Instructional Systems Development

Online (Fall, Spring & Summer)

This course includes the elements of analysis, design, development, implementation and evaluation. An emphasis is placed on micro-level design issues including analysis, design and evaluation. Learners work through the ISD process to assemble a training or education project that is ready for implementation. A design plan and lesson plan is constructed to allow learners real-world experience in the ISD process. The online section of this course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: Consent of the LAPT department.

LAPT/EDUC 671: Principles of Training and Development

Online (Fall and Spring)

This course examines key principles relevant to training and development. They include: the role of training in an organization, adult learning theory, needs assessment, training methodology, organizational support, resources and constraints, evaluation of training, and managing the training function. Issues that influence training implementation, such as ethics and interpretation, are also addressed. The online section of this course is taught using an asynchronous delivery format.

Prerequisite: LAPT/EDUC 602 and consent of the LAPT department.

PSYC 668: Leadership & Talent Development

This course provides a strategic and a tactical look at how talent change management to development functions are established, managed, and sustained. Employee development will be presented as a critical part of an organization’s investment and performance strategy. Additionally, this course will cover a variety of leadership theories and contexts, particularly as related to Talent Development.

Prerequisite: PSYC 670

PSYC 670: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

This course covers a general survey of industrial psychology, including such topics as personnel selection and evaluation, job satisfaction, environmental factors, and current research on individual behavior in complex organizations. *Note that this course serves as a pre- or co-requisite for all M.P.S.: I/O Psychology courses.

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