Program Overview

The training and adult development minor focuses on employee/staff training and adult development and examines the training roles and functions within human services organizations. Attention is given to identifying training needs, strategies for meeting those needs, information on adult learning and the overall purpose of employee development and training. Students learn how to develop and design complete training programs and are prepared to work in organizations as trainers, managers or directors.

The training and adult development minor is a 20-credit curriculum option with two main components:

•Three required four-credit courses intended to acquaint students with theoretical and practical components of adult learning and theory, training design and instruction, and the overall purpose of training and adult development;
•Two elective four-credit courses are selected from a series of courses; and
•Students who have not worked in training and adult development are advised to complete a pre-practicum and practicum internship in training and adult development. Students with extensive experience in training and adult development may receive credits through the assessment of prior learning process or take an additional elective course.

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Prerequisites

Requirements ( 20 total credits)

Training and Adult Development Minor Required Courses (12 credits)

  • HSTD 394 Staff Training and Adult Development
    4 credits

    Students in this course focus on staff development and training techniques, and examine their roles and functions within nonprofit and public/governmental organizations. Attention is given to the identification of training needs, strategies for meeting those needs, information on adult learning, the use of evaluations, and the overall purpose of staff development and training within an organization. Students develop a hypothetical staff development program as a major project. Recommended: Some preparation in psychology.

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  • HSTD 393 Training Design and Instruction
    4 credits

    This course is for students who want to learn how to design training and teach adults in an organizational setting. Students develop an understanding of the role and impact of training in helping organizations reach objectives. Topics include adult learning theory, needs assessment, instructional design, media selection and how to present training content to different audiences.

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  • HSTD 389 Organizational Development and Change
    4 credits

    This course provides an overview of organization development principles necessary for any type of organization to effectively cope and react to inevitable change that will impact organizational effectiveness and survival. Addresses the theory and practice or organizational development including: initial diagnosis, entry, contracting, data collection, data analysis, action planning, approaches to implementing planned change, and evaluation of planned change effectiveness. Today, every manager, at any level, must be capable of dealing with certain change in a proactive manner.

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Training and Adult Development Minor Electives (4-8 credits)

  • HSA 369 Program Evaluation
    4 credits

    This course focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to appropriately identify, collect, analyze and report evaluative information to be used in making decisions about, and changes in, programs. Topics include approaches to program evaluation, the process of planning and conducting an evaluation, basic principles and practices of designing evaluation instruments, and methods for interpreting and presenting data with an emphasis on providing relevant information to decision makers. This course is appropriate for anyone in business, public, nonprofit or human services administration who is responsible for making decisions about service programs or for conducting evaluations.

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  • HSER 331 Human Services Group Practicum and Seminar
    4 credits

    This seminar is designed to provide an opportunity for student interns and faculty to meet and discuss progress being made during internship, provide support and address problems and concerns. The seminar includes: lecture, discussion, and group work topics pertinent to the students' internship.

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  • HSTD 386 Creative Problem-solving Concepts and Methods
    4 credits

    This course acquaints students with the principles and techniques of creativity, which is the ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns, relationships or the like, and to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods and interpretations. Various theories, processes and principles are used to solve problems in professional and personal situations. The various methods help students develop imaginative and positive responses to challenges and opportunities in business, education and human services, and serves as an aid to personal development and social awareness. Theory analysis and direct experiential application of problem-solving techniques are integral components of this course.

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  • HSTD 390 Conflict Resolution
    4 credits

    This course examines causes and underlying factors of interpersonal conflict in human interactions. The course covers principles and techniques to diagnose conflict, develops an understanding of issues causing conflict, differentiates between various types of conflict, explores the variety of forces and factors which push conflict in a productive or dysfunctional direction, and develops personal skills to influence outcomes to the inevitable conflict situations one encounters in one's personal and professional lives.

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  • HSTD 397 Career Pathing
    4 credits

    Career Pathing is a computer-enhanced independent study and is intended for students who know their own career goals, but want to enhance their knowledge of career development and how to use this information. The content covers career development theory and applications and topics relevant to adult career planning. Those adult career-planning topics include cultural diversity, dynamics of layoffs, career change and reentry of workers. The student-designed term project is intended to help students in their own work settings. Career Pathing is ideal for managers trying to help their employees; the independent study is also useful to counselors, other human services workers those needing career planning knowledge for their clients, and adult learners wanting to enhance their knowledge and credentials. Overlap: HSTD 397T Career Pathing Theory Seminar

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  • HSTD 399 The Changing Workplace
    4 credits

    This independent study is designed for students who intend to enter human services and/or training and development professions. The content focuses on issues and trends impacting the ever-changing world of work. Topics include, but are not limited to, historical and current issues in the areas of work and career development, underserved populations, and work-balance challenges.

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  • HSTD 498 Human Services Organization Consulting Approaches and Techniques
    4 credits

    This course enables students to apply the five phases of human services organization consulting, including organization problem identification, contracting, data collection, delivery and feedback evaluation. Students are involved in case study analysis, and the custom designing of an in-class human services client consulting project.

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  • MDST 485 Communicating with New Media
    4 credits

    This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to effectively promote and advocate for events, organizations, or issues using a variety of social media and multi-media. Students will combine online writing (or blogging) with other forms of social networking and media (wikis, YouTube, Facebook, and/or Twitter) to build a comprehensive online initiative promoting a timely and relevant issue or event either of their choosing or provided by the instructor. Students will increase their knowledge of online rhetoric, audience research, planning for media events, script or treatment writing, and evaluation of communication programs.

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  • MGMT 360 Managing a Diverse Workforce
    4 credits

    This course focuses on policies and practices for effectively managing a diverse workforce in private, public and nonprofit organizations. The current context, legal environment and historical development of equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and diversity are addressed. Students gain theoretical and practical knowledge to understand beliefs, attitudes, biases, and prejudices to more effectively manage differences in order to enhance organization productivity. A significant amount of time will be focused on racism, origin of racism, and individual responsibility of racism.

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  • PSYC 302 Adult Development and Lifelong Learning
    4 credits

    This course examines adults in transition in the broad context of "the learning society" and explores practical applications of individual differences in learning styles and research on adult learners. Students complete individual study projects which may relate to their personal development or to their professional development particularly as it applies to the workplace. Periodically, focus or topic courses are offered for students with specific interests. See PSYC 319 The Impact of Technology on Human and Organizational Behavior and PSYC 342 Adult Development and Lifelong Learning II: Continuing Education and Training.

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