Courses Training and Performance Improvement

Master of Science in Education

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Ten Required Courses



40 quarter credits

Core courses: 

Foundations of Master’s Studies in Education

This course provides learners with opportunities to acquire and use graduate-level skills, including the ability to critically examine and apply relevant educational theory to professional practice. Learners develop expertise in academic inquiry and scholarly writing as well as explore the importance of multicultural perspectives and diversity in professional contexts. Finally, learners articulate and examine their professional purpose and its alignment with their specialization and career aspirations.  Must be taken during the first quarter by learners who have been admitted to the MEd in Teaching and Learning, MS in Education, MS in Education Innovation and Technology, and MS in Higher Education degree programs and the Adult Education and Higher Education Leadership and Administration graduate certificate programs. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
Survey of Research Methodology

This course is an overview of graduate research methodology. Learners examine fundamental research methodologies and their respective quantitative and qualitative approaches to rigorous scholarly inquiry.

4 quarter credits

Specialization courses: 

ED5994 *
Training and Performance Improvement Capstone

The capstone course is required for learners in the master’s Training and Performance Improvement specialization and is taken after completing all required and elective coursework. Learners demonstrate proficiency in integrating learning from required and elective courses by completing a final project. For MS Training and Performance Improvement learners only. Must be taken during the learner’s final quarter. Prerequisite(s): ED7675. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
Introduction to Training and Performance Systems

This course is an overview of training and human performance improvement (HPI). Learners review the evolution of HPI through the introduction of associated theories, concepts, and processes. Learners experience the power and value of HPI in organizations by reviewing and assessing real-world projects that include business, performance, gap and cause analyses, intervention selection and implementation, and change and evaluation plans.  Prerequisite(s): ED5010 or EDD8010 or HRM5002.  Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
Needs Assessment: Models and Procedures

This course is a survey of the needs assessment models and procedures used to diagnose the causes of organizational performance problems. Learners design and develop needs assessment instruments and collect and analyze data to differentiate organizational performance issues that require training solutions from those that require non-training interventions.  Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
Evaluating Training and Performance Improvement Systems

Learners explore reasons that evaluation is essential: so that courses or performance solutions can be improved and so that it can be clearly shown how a particular training intervention can improve both personal and organizational performance. This course provides learners with an understanding of measurement and evaluation theory, principles, and procedures. Topics include quantitative and qualitative measures, performance objectives, Kirkpatrick’s five levels, and reporting strategies. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
Designing Training and Performance Solutions

Learners in this course explore various training and performance gaps and solutions associated with information, resources, incentives, knowledge, and capacity. Learners examine theoretical models used to match performance gaps with potential solutions and identify the factors needed to enhance the success of a performance improvement intervention. Learners then select a performance gap to address using an intervention selection tool. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
Delivery Systems for Training and Performance Improvement

This course provides learners with an in-depth, application-based overview of methods for implementing training and performance improvement interventions. Learners develop techniques for administering training, feedback, incentive interventions, and learn about change management strategies. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7675 *
Return on Investment in Training and Performance Improvement

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 knowledge and skills necessary to conduct an impact study and support achievement of ROI Certification from the ROI Institute.  Prerequisite(s): ED7631,ED7641; or EDD8534, EDD8536 .  Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits

In addition, choose one from the following two courses:

Foundations of Adult Education

In this course, learners study the foundations of adult education including the past and present understandings. Learners identify the aspects of the foundation of adult education, the diversity in characteristics of adult learners, the various contexts of adult education, and prominent learning theories as they apply to teaching adults. Learners engage in interactive activities and assignments as they examine the various topics related to adult education.

4 quarter credits
The Delivery of Distance Education

In this course, learners gain an understanding of current distance education delivery systems, including print, recorded audio and video, and Internet technologies. Learners also examine the ways delivery technologies inform and constrain design decisions.

4 quarter credits



Two Elective Courses



8 quarter credits

Choose any graduate course(s).






48 quarter credits

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

Capella University cannot guarantee licensure, endorsement, other professional credential, or salary advancement. State licensing regulations and professional standards vary; learners are responsible for understanding and complying with the requirements of the state in which they intend to work. For more information, see the Licensure section for this program on Capella’s website (www. Teachers are advised to contact their school district to determine whether a program may qualify for salary advancement.

What can I expect?

Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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