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Performance Improvement Leadership Post-Master's Certificate

School of Education


Capella’s Performance Improvement Leadership Certificate must be taken as part of the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Performance Improvement Leadership, or following the successful completion of Capella’s Leadership and Accountability Certificate.

In this Performance Improvement Leadership Certificate, participants can further their career goals through a mastery of strategic and tactical issues associated with human performance improvement.

This certificate program helps you strengthen your understanding of strategic and tactical issues related to performance improvement interventions, while also developing your critical thinking, research, and problem solving skills to help you become a reflective scholar practitioners and an innovative thinker.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 4 Core courses

Classes Start December 2nd

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$50 application fee (waived w/promo Fall19)

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$14,900 estimated tuition*
$745 per credit, 24 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

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Performance Improvement Leadership Certificate Online - Capella University

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

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Ways to save

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There are a variety of need-based federal grants available to help pay for tuition and costs.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Federal work study

Part-time jobs sponsored by the U.S. government are available to help you reduce loan debt.

Sample courses

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EDD8360 *
Introduction to Human Performance Improvement Systems

This course provides an overview of human performance improvement theory and processes, including the history, foundational principles, and real-world applications that help improve personal and organizational effectiveness. Learners use the Human Performance Technology (HPT) Model to build and demonstrate a working knowledge of the Human Performance Improvement (HPI) process. For EdD and Performance Improvement Leadership certificate learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8306. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8362 *
Human Performance Improvement Needs Assessment: Models and Procedures

This course provides a model of performance analysis and needs assessment that can be used in a variety of contexts. Learners explore in-depth methods used to accomplish the needs assessment process and apply an active, hands-on approach, using practical tools to conduct a real-world organizational needs assessment. For EdD and Post-Master’s Certificate in Performance Improvement Leadership learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8360. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8364 *
Designing, Delivering, and Evaluating Human Performance Improvement Interventions

In this course, learners design effective solutions to resolve human performance problems in organizations. Learners apply the procedure and tools needed to select, design, and evaluate interventions to improve performance. The design and delivery process incorporates both training and non-training interventions, including electronic approaches. For EdD and Performance Improvement Leadership certificate learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8362. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits
EDD8366 *
Return on Investment of Human Performance Improvement Interventions

Learners in this course use a return on investment (ROI) methodology to develop a plan to measure the impact of an intervention. The process model includes evaluation planning, data collection, data analysis, and reporting. The course provides learners with the opportunity to achieve ROI Certification from the ROI Institute. For EdD and Performance Improvement Leadership certificate learners only. Prerequisite(s): EDD8364. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

6 quarter credits

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