The demand for training and human development managers and specialists is growing nationwide. UW-Stout’s Master of Science degree in Training and Human Resource Development is a fully online degree designed for working professionals.
Our master’s degree qualifies you for a great starting salary in a variety of positions, including:
- Leadership Development Specialist
- Learning and Development Manager
- Organizational Change Manager
- Talent Development Manager
- Instructional Designer
- Technical Trainer
- Human Resource Development Coordinator
- Training Supervisor or Manager
- Internal/External Consultant
Unique Blend of Training and Human Resource Leadership
UW-Stout’s polytechnic approach creates a unique combination of competencies in our graduates, including the ability to:
- Lead the Learning Function: Serve as a strategic partner with senior leadership, develop and manage human capital, implement learning projects, and evaluate technology to enhance learning
- Improve Human Performance in an Organizational Context: Draw on business acumen, analyze needs, propose solutions, design learning, deliver training, and measure or evaluate effectiveness
- Facilitate Organizational Change: Facilitate strategic planning for change, build trust, influence stakeholders, leverage diversity, and help manage culture change
- Manage Organizational Knowledge: Serve as a catalyst for knowledge sharing, understand business technology and how it enables and encourages organizational learning
This course provides a comprehensive grounding in the knowledge and skills required to develop professional competence in training delivery and related activities.
In Year 1 the course focuses on basic trainer skills, adult learning theories, and individual and group management techniques. In Year 2 it focuses on curriculum design, course delivery methods, assessment of learning, and management of training and education.
Years 3 and 4 will extend your knowledge and skills development to encompass human resource development, project and change management, quality assurance, coaching techniques, online learning, lifelong learning issues, community issues, the sociology of education, and critical thinking. You will also learn and apply research skills in the completion of work-based projects.
Requirements and Assessment
Students may take year 1 of this programme as the first year in the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Training and Education, or as a stand-alone course for which a Certificate in Training and Education will be awarded. At the end of year 2, a Diploma in Training and Education will be awarded. On completion of year 4, a Degree in Training and Education will be awarded. Participants must successfully complete all course requirements before proceeding to the next year of the Bachelor of Arts programme.
Each programme comprises a number of modules. Course assessment generally takes the form of continuous assessment. Continuous assessment methods include written assignments, practical assignments (videos), online activities, learning portfolios, group projects and work-based research projects
What Our Students Say
Noel Melvin | LEARNING AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, ULSTER BANK
This course allowed me the opportunity to enhance both my knowledge of adult learning theories along with the practical activities required to enhance the learning of the staff I train on a daily basis. The flexibility and balance of workshops and assignments allowed me to continue with a full time career while studying in my own time.
Geraldine Sidley | EMPLOYMENT SERVICES OFFICER
The element of the course that I enjoyed most was the academic sense of achievement which is very rewarding but also that I have developed friendships during my time on the course. As I work part-time the course afforded me a structure that suited the needs of my family. I believe that I have developed key competencies that will be useful in my role as Employment Services Officer within the Department of Social Protection. The range of topics I studied has provided me with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the adult learning education sector and the labour market. The support I received from the staff of NUI Galway was very helpful. They were professional and always on hand to assist with any queries I had.
Gerard O’Connor | GAMES MANAGER LEINSTER GAA
The theory of training has revolutionised my training methods and I now deliver in a more professional manner. The resource materials supplied are still a reference point for me and I use them continually in my work.
Certificates, diplomas, and degrees differ in the time it takes to earn each as well as the credits required in order to graduate. Each of these academic achievements are suitable for certain specific fields or career goals.
Diploma and certificate programs taken alone are similar to associate’s degree programs. However, they take less time because general education courses are not required. A degree program differs from certificates and diploma programs in that it often requires the student to take general education courses to support a more rounded education. For instance, at many universities, those earning their bachelor’s degree are required to take English, math, science, philosophy and history.
A certificate is earned by a student after taking a series of courses in a particular subject. Students often earn certificates to get a step ahead in the professional field of their interest, and certificates may be offered in similar programs leading to degrees. For instance, there are certificates in business, literature and technical fields. In some technical programs, a certificate may be required.
There are also graduate certificates, often taken either alone or alongside a graduate degree program. In some programs, the student may use his or her electives to fulfill a certificate in order to make him or herself more desirable to a potential employer.
Diplomas are similar to certificates, and they’re often awarded through community or technical schools. For instance, a diploma of nursing is offered as an alternative to an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree. This diploma program is only offered at hospitals with specialty programs that provide training.
An academic degree can be earned at many levels, including the associate’s (two years); bachelor’s (four years); master’s (two years beyond a bachelor’s degree); and doctoral, which is several years beyond a master’s degree.
Earning a degree also opens up more potential doors to a student than a certificate or diploma. Many careers require that the applicant has earned at least a bachelor’s degree; several career options require more than this.