Dr. Doris Lee
The School of Graduate Professional Studies
Penn State Great Valley
30 East Swedesford Road
Malvern, PA 19355
The School of Graduate Professional Studies at Penn State Great Valley offers a four course (12 credit) Graduate Certificate program in Workplace Learning and Performance Improvement Design. The primary goal of this certificate program is to provide professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully create learning and performance improvement initiatives/interventions in their organizations.
The courses in the program have been selected from the graduate program in Instructional Systems and focus on essential knowledge, critical thinking skills, and effective problem-solving strategies as they relate to the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of learning and performance improvement solutions in corporate, educational, and nonprofit organizations. These courses are taught at the graduate level, and content provides a balanced mix of theory, research, and practical application in the topics. Students who complete the program with at least a 3.0 (B) average receive the Graduate Certificate in Workplace Learning and Performance Improvement.
Individuals wishing to enroll in this graduate certificate program must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution earned under residence and credit considerations substantially equivalent to those required by Penn State. Applicants should complete and submit the online nondegree application and application fee and will enroll on a nondegree basis. For more information about how to apply on a nondegree basis, refer to http://gradsch.psu.edu/prospective/apply.html. The program may be started in the fall, spring, or summer semesters.
The courses in this graduate certificate program are applicable to the master's degree program in Instructional Systems offered through the School.
Certificate Program students who wish to have the certificate courses applied to the master's degree program in Instructional Systems must be formally admitted to the master's degree program. Note that admission into the master's degree program is a separate step and is not guaranteed. Interested students should contact the Great Valley Admissions Office (610-648-3242) for more information about how to apply and make a change from nondegree to degree status. Once a certificate program student is admitted to the master's degree program and enrolls on a degree basis, the certificate program courses completed with a grade of "B" or better will be "transferred" into the program.
Penn State's Graduate School permits up to 15 credits of course work taken on a nondegree basis may be applied to a graduate degree. However, admission into a graduate program, and credit toward a graduate degree for specific courses taken on a nondegree basis, is up to the graduate program.
415. Systematic Instructional Design (3 credits)
521. Instructional Systems Analysis (3 credits)
551. Performance Technology (3 credits)
553. Managing and Consulting for Instructional Development (3 credits)
EFFECTIVE DATE: Summer Session 2009
EXPIRATION DATE: Spring Semester 2014
Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2009
Blue Sheet Item#: 37-07-075
Review Date: 6/16/09