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Explore our Training and Performance Improvement Specialization

The Training and Performance Improvement certificate focuses on managing and delivering training programs and improving workplace performance through quality instruction. In this certificate program, you can:

  • Acquire essential skills for the management and delivery of learning and training systems and modules.
  • Explore a variety of technologies that support training in both traditional classroom and virtual environments.
  • Learn methods and techniques for identifying performance gaps, conducting needs assessments, and identifying solutions and evaluating their effectiveness.
  • Implement design changes to instructional materials and support systems based on your research and analysis of authentic online learning environments.


Completion Requirements

  • 12 total semester credits
    • Core course (3 sem. cr.)
    • Certificate courses (9 sem. cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.


Course Code Title Credits


EDUC 6115

Learning Theories and Instruction

Effective instructional design begins with an understanding of the learning process. The behaviorist, cognitive, constructivist, and social learning theories and their relationship to instructional practices and course design are also examined. Factors that influence learning, such as learning styles, motivation, and engagement, are also explored.

(3 sem. cr.)


EIDT 6100

Instructional Design

In this course, educators learn the foundational principles and elements of the instructional systems development process, from analysis through evaluation. They explore commonly used instructional design models, such as ADDIE, and they learn how to apply them in an education or training environment. They gain an understanding of the preliminary phases of instructional design models, such as writing instructional objectives and conducting analyses. Educators also focus on incorporating sound instructional strategies into the design and development of instructional systems and into the development of prototypes in real-world instructional settings.

(3 sem. cr.)
EIDT 6500

Performance Improvement

In this course, educators survey the research, models, and issues associated with improving human performance in workplace settings. They explore methods and techniques for recognizing and analyzing performance gaps, conducting needs assessments, determining appropriate instructional and performance support interventions, and measuring the results of implemented solutions. They engage in assignments that emphasize how to determine whether instructional or other performance support interventions are appropriate for addressing identified needs. Educators also use results from analyses to inform the design of job aids, instruction, and other performance support systems.

(3 sem. cr.)
EIDT 6501

Training and Development

The ability to manage and deliver training is an essential skill for human resource and performance improvement professionals. In this course, educators explore models, techniques, and best practices for managing and delivering training systems and modules. They focus on a range of topics, including managing the learning environment, selecting appropriate materials and assessments, and tracking learner performance and completion. Educators also explore technologies that support the planning, presenting, and managing of instructor-led and self-directed courses and training systems in face-to-face and virtual environments.

(3 sem. cr.)

Technology Requirements

In addition to Walden’s general technical requirements, this program requires the following:

  • Windows XP/Vista or Mac OS X

There are also free, downloadable software programs that may be required in order to complete the course and program requirements.

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 12 total semester credit hours $640 per semester hour $7,680
Technology Fee Per semester $210 $420

TOTAL $8,100

Transfer up to 6 credits $4,050

Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $4,050

The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $400 to $600.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Admissions Requirements

Since our certificate programs are offered at different levels, admission requirements vary. Call 855-646-5286 to find out the admission requirements for your certificate program of interest.

Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on the program you choose. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific degree programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.


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