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Training and Performance Improvement Specialization Master of Science in Education

School of Education

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Ten Required Courses

 

 

40 quarter credits

Core courses: 

ED5010
Foundations of Master’s Studies in Education

This course provides learners with opportunities to acquire and use graduate-level skills with an emphasis on critically examining and applying current educational research to teaching practices. Learners develop expertise in scholarly research and writing and explore the relevance of multicultural perspectives and diversity to work in their educational settings. 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
ED5006
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
ED7631
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. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7641
Needs Assessment: Models and Procedures

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

4 quarter credits
ED7652
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
ED7662
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
ED7672
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

In this course, learners apply a relevant return-on-investment (ROI) methodology to their organization and complete an ROI proposal that reflects ROI Institute methodologies. Learners also study evaluation planning, data collection and analysis, and reporting procedures. Prerequisite(s): ED7631, ED7641, ED7662. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits

In addition, choose one from the following courses:

ED5317
Foundations of Adult Education

In this course, learners studythe 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
ED5804
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
ED7673
The Future of Corporate and Technical Training: Issues and Trends

In this course, learners study theories and methods of performance improvement consultation and explore the influences that shape corporate and technical training, including performance improvement methodologies, emerging technologies, and economic and cultural trends. Learners then use these theories, methods, and influences to create a strategic plan for an organization. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7677
Survey of Training and Performance Improvement Research

In this course, learners explore the purposes, values, processes, and methods of training and performance improvement research. In particular, learners focus on identifying the ways theory and research can be used as practical tools to solve various training and performance improvement challenges. For PhD and MS Training and Performance Improvement learners only. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED7830
Coaching for High Performance

In this course, learners study theories and practices used to coach individuals to improved learning, decision making, and performance. Learners explore theoretical coaching approaches and models; client needs assessment; the coaching knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for supporting clients through personal and professional change; and the role of coaching in organizational performance systems. Learners focus on becoming confident and effective mediators of people seeking to improve the quality of their personal and professional lives. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits

 

 

Two Elective Courses

 

 

8 quarter credits

Choose any graduate course(s).

 

 

Total

 

 

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. capella.edu). Teachers are advised to contact their school district to determine whether a program may qualify for salary advancement.

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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.

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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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