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Education (Training and Development)


Program Overview

In this era of rapid change, a well-trained workforce is more important than ever. From the implementation of new technologies, to process improvement and adherence to regulations, a well-trained staff impacts the success and productivity of an organization. The Master of Arts degree in Education with a Training and Development concentration is designed to develop corporate trainers, human resource professionals, and anyone serving in a professional position responsible for training adults.

Program Snapshot

Program Type: Part-Time
Location: Online
Program Length: 2-3 years
Credit Hours: 30-33

Why This Program & What You'll Learn

The Master of Arts degree in Education: Training and Development (MAE-T&D) was created for professionals who design, deliver, and evaluate learning programs for adults. The program is also designed for those who are looking to change careers into the much-in-demand field of continuing education and training. The MAE-T&D builds on a foundation of operational knowledge and links the concepts of adult learning with different forms of instruction. It promotes an understanding of how workers synthesize information and teach advanced skills for effective interaction.

Students will strengthen their knowledge base of the characteristics and needs of adult learners and develop the skills and practices to effectively engage and motivate adults in educational settings throughout all professional sectors. Students will also learn to design and implement curriculum and assess outcomes of training activities to meet organizational objectives. The core concepts of training and development are designed to address the needs of non-profit organizations, government agencies, and corporations.

The MA degree in Education program requires students to complete a core of 9 semester hours, which includes a culminating experience (Action Research Project). An additional 21 semester hours must then be completed with specific courses determined by an academic advisor. All candidates for the MA must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours.

For information: Kaleb G. Patrick, Ed.D., Director, 195 Ojibway Ct, EHS 314, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859; 989-774-3144,

Program Highlights

This program is designed to provide knowledge and skills for students to function effectively in positions of leadership or teaching in the adult education environment. This is not a certification program but may be utilized for professional advancement. In this program students will:

  • Analyze the role of training in organizations, align the training goals with an organizations strategic planning, and evaluate the relationship between needs analysis and training.
  • Design, develop, deliver, and assess training sessions for both abbreviated and sustained educational activities to adult students.
  • Identify an organizational problem to engage in a hands-on inquiry through the analysis of data to draw reasonable conclusions and offer sound recommendations based on those conclusions.

Careers & Outcomes

Students who complete the MAE-T&D program will become better facilitators of learning experiences for adults. Graduates will be prepared for professional positions such as training development managers, corporate trainers, human resource professionals, learning designers, military trainers, learning development specialists, directors of employee development, learning managers, training analyst, or positions associated with talent development in the military, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and corporations.

Career Projected Salary
Training and Development Manager $60,534
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