Human Performance Technology (HPT) - Graduate Certificate

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Human Performance Technology (HPT) is an emerging field that brings dramatic improvements to an organization’s processes for developing and supporting a workforce that is in alignment with the organization’s mission and goals. HPT professionals work within an organization to coordinate the various functions that pertain to human performance improvement, and to build coordinated and harmonious programs that become systemically integrated into the organization’s operations.

Growing numbers of organizations are creating HPT officers and staff, and many of them are replacing traditional human resource development (HRD) specialists and instructional designers with HPT professionals who combine general knowledge of HPT with one or more areas of specialization in the “solution” areas (such as instructional design, information technology, management, finance, organizational development, etc.) within the broad domain of HRD-related functions.

This certificate is offered primarily to students who are enrolled in one of the graduate programs that pertain to the specialty areas within Human Performance Technology (HPT), such as Instructional Systems and Learning Technologies (ISLT). Thus, graduates who earn this certificate will have in-depth knowledge from their majors in one or more of the “solution areas” within HPT in addition to expertise in the broader concept and practices of HPT. The certificate is also offered to those who have expertise in one of these solution areas as a result of their work history, and to individuals who want to use it as an entry-level achievement in preparation for further formal study or work.

The organizational development skills you’ll obtain in this program will help you advance your career in a variety of job sectors, including healthcare, military, non-profit, and business. And because it’s offered online, you’ll be able to complete the program while maintaining employment.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate certificate program is required. Students are not enrolled in a certificate program by virtue of being enrolled in related courses. Students must apply to and be admitted to the certificate program in order to be considered enrolled.

IMPORTANT: In order to be eligible for admission to a graduate certificate program, an applicant must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution.

Admission to College of Education (COE) graduate certificate programs requires submission of the Certificate Admissions Form to the appropriate department Certificate Program Coordinator and to the COE Office of Academic Services and Intern Support prior to the completion of two courses in the certificate program. All coursework in the certificate program must be completed with a grade of B or better (B- is not acceptable) and must be completed within 7 years of first enrolling in certificate program coursework.

Certificate Admissions Form

Course Requirements

  • Complete 15 semester hours, 3 core courses and 2 electives
  • All courses must be in ISLT unless the coordinator approves otherwise.
  • A course may be applied toward the M.S. degree and one certificate.  If you wish to get the M.S. and two certificates, two additional electives will be required.
  • All courses must be taken at FSU
  • All courses must be completed within 3 years to be counted toward the certificate.
  • A grade of B or better must be earned for any of the courses to count toward the certificate.

Certificate Completion Form

HPT Certificate Curriculum

Required core courses (9 credit hours):

HPT Concepts and Processes:

  • EME 5601 Introduction to Instructional Systems (3)
  • EME 6691 Performance Systems Analysis (3) (EME 5601 is prerequisite)
  • EME 6357 Evaluation of Training in HPT (3) (EME 5601 is prerequisite)

Electives: Select one from each of the following categories:

System Analysis and HPT Solution Design (Select Minimum of One Course)

  • ADE 5189 Staff Training and Development (3)
  • EME 6356 Learning and Web Analytics (3)

Or other courses relevant to the theme of this section subject to approval of the Certificate Coordinator.

HPT Systems Integration and Project Management (Select Minimum of One Course)

  • EME 6631 Managing Instructional Development (3)
  • EME 6636 A Systems Approach to the Management of Change (3)
  • ADE 5083 Human Resource Development (3)

Under certain circumstances, other courses relevant to the theme of this section might be considered as substitute subject to approval of the Certificate Coordinator.

Total Hours Required: 15

Program Costs

Information about tuition and fees can be found here. Please note that students may incur costs associated with the purchase of books/materials for courses.

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