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Graduate Degree Programs

Training and Development

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Jo A. Tyler
School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Training and Development Program
777 West Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, Pennsylvania 17057

The Training and Development Graduate Certificate program is offered by the Training and Development unit in the School of Behavioral Sciences and Education at Penn State Harrisburg. The primary goal of the program is to prepare professionals from organizations in the for-profit, government, military, and non-profit sectors desiring a foundation in instructional design, human resource/organizational development to enhance their organizational acumen. The 12-credit curriculum integrates core principles of training, human resource/organizational development (HR/OD). Candidates will complete four courses targeted to provide a theoretical foundation and develop critical and practical perspectives associated with the field. Because the field comprises two distinct arenas in which candidates may have an interest, there is one core course requirement, a 3-credit foundations course that bridges these. The remaining three courses (9 credits) can be selected from a broad menu to fully customize the certificate to the candidates’ professional needs within the field - a focus on instructional design, a focus on HR/OD, or an integrated blend of these. The certificate is designed for both current practitioners in the field and those in other organizational roles, such as line management, who seek to extend their capacity to contribute in organizational settings with additional knowledge and skill.


Applicants for the Certificate in Training and Development must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates. Additionally, all international applicants must meet Graduate Council’s English proficiency requirements. To be considered for admission into the certificate program, applicants must have a 3.0 grade-point average in the last two years of undergraduate work (or graduate work if applying with a master’s degree).

Graduate applicants will be able to complete this program as stand-alone graduate study or in conjunction with studies in the Master of Education in Training and Development degree at Penn State Harrisburg. A candidate in the certificate program also may become a candidate in the M.Ed. in Training and Development if the candidate meets criteria for admission to the Graduate School and to the graduate program; however, successful completion of the certificate neither implies nor guarantees admission to any graduate program at Penn State. Undergraduate candidates may apply with a recommendation from a Penn State academic unit but must have a conferred bachelor’s degree prior to enrollment into the certificate program.

Candidates will apply to the program by completing the online Graduate School certificate application, including payment of the application fee. Applicants must submit official transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate programs previously attended.

Candidates will earn the certificate upon successful completion of the four required courses (12 credits). All courses must be taken for a letter grade with at least a 3.0 average maintained; no grades below a C will be counted toward the certificate.

List of Courses Included in the Certificate:

All candidates will complete the following 3-credit course:

  • TRDEV 460 Foundations of Training and Development

Each candidate also will complete three additional 3-credit courses, selected in consultation in advance from an adviser, from the following list of electives to tailor the program to his/her professional needs:

  • TRDEV 503: Performance Consulting
  • TRDEV 518: Systematic Instructional Design in Training
  • TRDEV 520: Learning Styles and Learning Theory in Training
  • TRDEV 531: Technology in Training
  • TRDEV 561: Facilitation Theories and Practice
  • TRDEV 505: Project Management in Training and Development
  • TRDEV 507: Program Evaluation
  • TRDEV 528: Instructional Systems Design Applications
  • TRDEV 530: Multiplatform Delivery Skills
  • TRDEV 532: Web-Based Training
  • TRDEV 537: Technologies in Learning and Development
  • TRDEV 563: Strategic and Critical Human Resource Development
  • TRDEV 565: Implementing Training and Development Programs
  • TRDEV 567: Instructional Leadership Theories and Development

Effective Semester: Fall Semester 2015
Expiration Semester: Spring Semester 2020



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