Master of Education in Training and Development

School of Behavioral Sciences and Education

The Training and Development Program is the only one of its kind in southcentral Pennsylvania. It is designed to prepare training and development professionals for a broad range of responsibilities, including performance analysis, training design and delivery, career development, organization development, and program evaluation. Specifically, this program provides students with the professional knowledge and skills essential to:

  • Analyze employee performance
  • Specify training and non-training solutions to improve employee performance
  • Design and develop training programs
  • Plan and manage organization development and change
  • Design career development programs
  • Evaluate training and development programs
  • Manage complex projects using appropriate consulting and project management skills

Degree Conferred: M.Ed.

Program Requirements for Admission

Requirements More Information
GPA

Admission decisions are based primarily on an applicant’s junior/senior cumulative grade-point average and career-goal statement. 

Applicants with low grade-point averages may be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or take 9 credits of course work recommended by a program faculty member and maintain a grade point average of B or higher in order to be reconsidered.

Education

An applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree in any field from a regionally accredited, college-level institution. Additional information pertaining to any postbaccalaureate course work and professional experience are considered.

Supporting Materials
  • A brief career/goal statement
  • Two reference letters
  • A resume

The best-qualified applicants will be accepted up to the number of spaces available for new students.

Application Deadline

Semester Deadline
Fall July 10
Spring November 10
Summer March 10

For early decision all required information must be submitted by April 10 for the fall, July 10 for the spring, and November 10 for the summer semester.

 

Application Process

Gather supporting materials and begin the standard graduate application.

 

The Curriculum

Students may enter the Training and Development program from a variety of backgrounds and enroll in courses to help them develop competencies in training and development. Coursework includes both required and elective courses in training and development as well as electives from outside the program. Students select one of two areas of professional practice, training, or human resource development, as a focus for their electives in the training and development program. Courses are scheduled to accommodate part- and full-time students.

There are two options in the program: the paper option requires the completion of a master’s paper (TRDEV 587) and a total of 36 credits (excluding an internship if one is needed); the non-paper option does not require a master’s paper, but does require Research Designs Applied to Training (TRDEV 588) and an extra elective in Training and Development for a total of 39 credits (excluding an internship if one is needed). For both the paper and nonpaper options, at least half of the total credits must be earned in 500-level courses.

Both options require successful completion of Instructional Methods in Training and Development (TRDEV 418), Foundations in Training and Development (TRDEV 460), Performance Analysis (TRDEV 465), Systematic Instructional Design (TRDEV 518), Technology in Training (TRDEV 531), and Educational Research Design (EDUC 586).

Prescribed (Required) Courses

  • TRDEV 418 INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS IN TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (3)

  • TRDEV 460 FOUNDATIONS IN TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (3)

  • TRDEV 465 PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS (3)

  • TRDEV 531 TECHNOLOGY IN TRAINING (3).
    Prerequisite: TRDEV 431 or permission of the program

  • TRDEV 518 SYSTEMATIC INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN (3).
    Prerequisite: TRDEV 418 and 460, or permission of the program

  • EDUC 586 EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH AND DESIGNS (3).
    Prerequisite: EDUC 440 or EDUC 539 or TRDEV 418 and TRDEV 460

Additional Courses

From Training and Development courses

Select three courses for the Paper Option or four courses for the Non-Paper Option.

  • TRDEV 421 PRESENTATION SKILLS FOR NEW TRAINERS (3)

  • TRDEV 431 BASIC TECHNOLOGY SKILLS IN TRAINING (3)

  • TRDEV 432 VIDEO PRODUCTION IN TRAINING (3).
    Prerequisite: TRDEV 418, 431, or permission of the program

  • TRDEV 470 HRD TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES (3).
    Prerequisite: TRDEV 460, 418, or permission of the program

  • TRDEV 475 CAREER AND SUCCESSION MANAGEMENT (3).
    Prerequisite: TRDEV 460, 418, or permission of the program

  • TRDEV 505 PROJECT MANAGEMENT (3).
    Prerequisite: TRDEV 460, 418, or permission of the program

  • TRDEV 507 PROGRAM EVALUATION (3).
    Prerequisite: TRDEV 418 and 460, or permission of the program

  • TRDEV 520 LEARNING STYLES AND THEORIES FOR TRAINERS (3).
    Prerequisite: TRDEV 418, 460, or permission of the program

  • TRDEV 532 WEB-BASED TRAINING (3).
    Prerequisite: TRDEV 418 and 431, or permission of the program

  • TRDEV 533 DISTANCE LEARNING FOR TRAINERS (3).
    Prerequisite: TRDEV 418 and 431, or permission of the program

  • TRDEV 565 IMPLEMENTING TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS (3).
    Prerequisite: TRDEV 460, 465, or permission of the program

  • TRDEV 583 ISSUES IN TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT (3).
    Prerequisite: TRDEV 418 and 460, or permission of the program

  • TRDEV 596 INDIVIDUAL STUDIES (1-3)

  • TRDEV 597 SPECIAL TOPICS (3)

From programs outside Training and Development

Select two three-credit courses at the 400/500 level. The two courses should assist you in preparing for professional roles and responsibilities in training and development. The following courses are highly recommended:

  • BE SC 408 GROUP FACILITATION AND LEADERSHIP SKILLS (3).
    Prerequisite: general psychology, general sociology, or general behavioral science

  • BE SC 468 INDUSTRIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3).
    Prerequisite: general psychology, general sociology, or general behavioral science

  • P ADM 510 or MNGMT 510 ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR (3).
    Prerequisite: admission to graduate degree candidacy

Professional Required Experience

One of the following:

  1. Holds or has held a position in training and development successfully for six months or more. Submit request for waiver for approval.

  2. TRDEV 595 Internship (3 credits which are not counted in the 36-credit or 39-credit requirement). Prerequisite: prior approval of proposed assignment by instructor.

Internship

A 3-credit internship must be completed if a student has not had full-time experience in a training and development position for at least six months. The internship is tailored to a student's particular interest in the training and development field. It allows the student to apply academic experiences in a "real world" environment. Penn State Harrisburg can offer a wide range of internship experiences in a variety of public and private businesses, organizations, and industries.

The internship requires a total of 240 hours of involvement in the assessment, analysis, planning, implementation, and evaluation of a training program under direct, on-site supervision. An internship may be scheduled only after completing a minimum of four (4) courses in Training and Development. A request for waiver of the internship may be submitted for consideration to the program committee.

Objectives for internship experience

The Master's Degree in Education at Penn State Harrisburg has a requirement that every candidate perform an internship in the amount of 240 hours prior to completing the program of studies. A waiver of this requirement may be granted to any candidate who is able to demonstrate experience in a training position for a minimum of six months. Public or private school teaching with students who are not considered adults may not be substituted for this experience.

Arrangements are made to provide a quid pro quo experience for the intern and for the organization providing the field site for the experience. The intern provides a helping hand while learning how a training unit within an organization operates on a day to day basis.

An internship may be paid or unpaid and the type of internship (paid or unpaid) must be reflected in the letter of agreement. An internship formally begins when at least one representative from the organization in which the internship will be housed meets with the intern and a representative from the M Ed., Training and Development Program. The three parties agree on the specifics of the internship experience and the objectives, which are customized to each intern. The overall goal of the internship is to provide experiences which will strengthen those areas in which the intern has not had much experience. Using the ADDIE training model, objectives are developed to meet each intern's needs.

The ADDIE Model

Analyze - The intern will be able to explain or demonstrate a number of assessment techniques which range from questioning key personnel to conducting more formal assessment procedures such as focus groups, questionnaires or scanning extant data. Then, the intern will study the data to determine what the cause of the problem may be and determine how it can best be solved. Solutions may be proposed which require either a combination of training, change in management procedures or changes related to organization development.

Design - Utilizing information from the Analysis phase, the appropriate intervention is designed, applying sound methods and instructional strategies.

Develop - The designed intervention is developed, using the appropriate technologies and delivery systems. Formative evaluation procedures are employed during this stage.

Implementation - Implementing the developed product or putting the selected intervention to work may involve either the use or demonstration of platform skills or the use of a training aid or computer-assisted instruction, video instruction, or some aspect of distance learning. Typically an intern's focus is on platform skills.

Evaluation - After the planning action is complete evaluation, to determine the success of the action, and to determine if further action is necessary, should be developed as part of the overall plan to improve performance. The evaluation should aim for at least a level three (3), using Kirkpatrick's levels of evaluation.

A more specific list of objectives will be developed in this area(s) as part of the written agreement.

Waiver of internship request

The requirement for an internship, which is necessary to complete the Master's Degree in Training and Development, may be waived if the degree candidate has the equivalent or more than six months of training experience. A waiver may be obtained if, after an evaluation of the candidate's training experience, the Committee for Training and Development determines that the candidate's experience meets the criteria. The following guidelines have been developed to aid the candidate in the development of a waiver that will be uniform and fair to all applicants.

  1. Prepare, in the form of a resume, a listing of your work experience. Begin with your most recent experience and progress to your oldest experience. In the description include your duties and highlight those duties that would fit the description of a training of development function. (Think of the ADDIE training model, or think of training functions described in your classes. For example if you thought of Assess, Design, Develop, Instruct, and Evaluate (ADDIE), under this plan you might consider: design, adapt, plan, or modify materials, presentations etc.)

  2. Following each training behavior description, identify the amount oftime or percentage of time devoted to such behaviors weekly (e.g., the position requires the employment counselor to assess the abilities of job applicants. In addition, the counselor is responsible for the assessment (5%), analysis (10%), and planning (10%) of organizational needs for new employees.

  3. List the name of supervisors and their telephone numbers after each entry.

  4. Provide a letter from the supervisor who is either most recent or who has supervised you for the longest period of your training experience. This letter should reflect the amount of time you have been involved in training activities with your company or organization and the kinds of training responsbilities to which you are assigned.

  5. Send the material to your advisor, so your advisor may present your case to the Committee.

  6. If you are uncertain about the process or if you have any questions please contact your advisor.

Capstone Requirement

Choose one of the following options:

  1. TRDEV 588 RESEARCH DESIGNS APPLIED TO TRAINING (3) plus one additional 3-credit elective).
    Prerequisite: EDUC 586, TRDEV 418, TRDEV 460

  2. TRDEV 587 MASTER'S PAPER (3).
    Prerequisite: Consent of adviser

Additional program information

Current students

Including information related to independent study, the Master's paper, advising, and more.

New Students

A brief orientation for students considering or recently admitted to the TRDEV program.


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