Graduate Certificate in Talent Development and Organizational Analysis
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Length of Certificate Program: 24 weeks / 9 graduate-level semester units
As part of the graduate industrial-organizational program, this certificate program is intended to equip students for individual contributor roles in Industry and/or Consulting.
- Industry (internal organizational employee). Such roles could include human resource specialists, project assistants.
- Consulting (external professionals hired for professional advice or service). Such roles could include associate consultants, consultants, lead consultants, analysists.
After completing this certificate program, students will demonstrate in-demand skills of training and development in organizations and employ organizational and people analytics to inform decision making. Graduates of the Talent, Development and Organizational Analysis (TDOA) certificate will develop advanced competencies in organizational science and practice and will be able to:
- Apply graduate level research, critical thinking, and data analysis skills to organizational decision making. (Data, Critical Thinking and Decisions)
- Demonstrate and apply knowledge in personnel domains, which include (1) ethical, legal, and professional contexts; (2) measurement of individual differences; (3) criterion theory and development; (4) job and task analysis; (5) employee selection; (6) performance appraisal; (7) training and development.
(Personnel psychology and decisions proficiency)
Approximately one-third of the master’s in industrial-organizational psychology, this certificate program includes the following courses:
Learning and Talent Development (formerly Training and Development in Organizations) (8-week course / 3 graduate-level semester units). Examines best practices and pragmatic application of learning theory to organizational training and talent development. This course addresses multiple aspects of organizational learning, such as organizational and employee assessment (formative and summative), gap analysis and program design, online and in-person learning strategies, program analysis, learning evaluation, and the centrality of mission, vision, and values in strategic organizational learning and development. By the end of this course students will:
- Develop professional philosophy of training and action plan based on understanding of training industry.
- Apply empirical findings on human learning to designing training curriculum.
- Apply evaluation methodology to evaluation and improvement of training programs.
Applied Research and Critical Analysis (8-week course / 3 graduate-level semester units). Focuses on development of students as competent consumers of information and foundational skills in conducting organizational inquiry to inform decision-making. Specific competencies include graduate-level skills in identifying, reading and summarizing quality research sources. By the end of this course students will:
- Explain the importance of scientific knowledge as applied to organizations.
- Select quality sources of information.
- Describe types of research methods & products relevant to organizational psychology.
- Apply principles of critical and empirical analysis to topics of organizational psychology.
- Make practical inferences from published, peer-review research.
- Develop foundational skills of organizational analysis and communication.
- Produce an original research-based product.
Talent Management and People Analytics (8-week course / 3 graduate-level semester units). Applies motivation and attitude theories. Examines current topics in performance appraisal, including criterion development, rater training, appraisal effectiveness and feedback processes. A larger picture of performance management, attitudes, engagement and individual and organizational success is discussed in the context of current research and best practices. By the end of this course students will:
- Understand talent management competencies, framework, strategies, and trends that drive high performance organizations
- Apply talent management theory and evidence-based best practices to develop a practical talent management strategy and program within an organization
- Identify appropriate metrics to measure business impact of talent management initiatives
- Understand foundational people analytics concepts
- Formulate a people analytics strategy for an organization
- Demonstrate consultative and presentation skills
Below are the academic requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Talent Development and Organizational Analysis. Students enrolled in the Organizational Psychology (MA) or Industrial-Organizational Psychology (MS) degree programs will complete the requirements for this certificate as part of their academic program requirements.
|PSOG-510||Training/Development in Organizations||3|
|PSOG-515||Applied Research and Critical Analysis||3|
|PSOG-615||Talent Management and People Analytics Employee Engagement||3|