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Graduate Certificates

  • The OPWL Certificates do not qualify for financial aid when pursued as a stand-alone certificate program. A certificate would only qualify when pursued in conjunction with a qualified graduate degree (i.e.; MS degree in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning).
  • Students can earn more than one certificate but must earn unique electives in each certificate program.
  • Simultaneous enrollment in the MS in OPWL and one graduate certificate is approved by the graduate college. When submitting your application, use the educational pull-down menu to select MS degree and aligned graduate certificate.

Course Fees

Cost per Credit
$450 per credit hour

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Workplace Performance Improvement
Workplace E-Learning and Performance Support
Workplace Instructional Design

Workplace Performance Improvement

The Graduate Certificate in Workplace Performance Improvement is designed for individuals who wish to develop skills in diagnosing and solving performance problems in the workplace. This program emphasizes the practical application of process models, tools, and techniques to workplace performance improvement situations. See the application procedure.

WPI Graduate Certificate Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Workplace Performance Improvement Credits
OPWL 536 Foundations of Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning 4 – required
OPWL 529 Needs Assessment OR OPWL 530 Evaluation (PREREQ: OPWL 536) 4 – required
OPWL 560 Workplace Performance Improvement
(PREREQ: OPWL 536, and OPWL 529 or OPWL 530)
4 – required
Choose two (2) of the 3-credit courses below to fulfill the 6-credit elective requirement
OPWL 531 Quantitative Research in Organizations
(PREREQ: OPWL 536 or PERM/INST)
3 – elective
OPWL 532 Ethnographic Research in Organizations
(PREREQ: OPWL 536 or PERM/INST)
3 – elective
OPWL 577 Change Management
(PREREQ: OPWL 536)
3 – elective
OPWL 578 Designing Sustainable Organizations
(PREREQ: OPWL 536)
3 – elective
Certificate requirements total 18

Workplace E-Learning and Performance Support

The Graduate Certificate in Workplace E-Learning and Performance Support (WELPS) is designed for individuals who wish to develop skills in developing and managing e-learning and performance support in the workplace. This program emphasizes the competencies required to design, develop, and manage workplace e-learning and performance support systems. See the application procedure.

WELPS Graduate Certificate Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Workplace E-Learning and Performance Support (WELPS) Credits
OPWL 536 Foundations of Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning 4
OPWL 525 E-Learning Principles & Practices
(PRE/COREQ: OPWL 536)
3
OPWL 523 Rapid E-Learning Development
(PRE/COREQ: OPWL 536)
3
OPWL 550 Blended Learning for Performance Improvement
(PRE/COREQ: OPWL 536)
3
OPWL 551 E-Learning Content Design
(PRE/COREQ: OPWL 536)
3
Certificate requirements total 16

Workplace Instructional Design

The OPWL department offers a graduate program leading to a certificate in Workplace Instructional Design (WIDe). The graduate certificate in WIDe emphasizes the knowledge and skills required to create instructional programs designed to improve employee productivity. The certificate in WIDe is intended for individuals who are interested in designing, developing, and delivering learning programs for business and industry, government agencies, the military, and nonprofit organizations. See the application procedure.

WIDe Graduate Certificate Requirements

Graduate Certificate in Workplace Instructional Design (WIDe) Credits
OPWL 536 Foundations of Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning 4 – required
OPWL 535 Principles of Adult Learning 4 – required
OPWL 537 Instructional Design
(PREREQ: OPWL 536 & OPWL 535)
4 – required
Choose two (2) of the 3-credit courses below to fulfill the 6-credit elective requirement
OPWL 523 Rapid E-Learning Development
(PRE/COREQ: OPWL 536)
3 – elective
OPWL 525 E-Learning Principles & Practices
(PRE/COREQ: OPWL 536)
3 – elective
OPWL 547 Advanced Instructional Design for the Workplace
(PREREQ: OPWL 537 or PERM/INST)
3 – elective
OPWL 550 Blended Learning for Performance Improvement
(PRE/COREQ: OPWL 536)
3 – elective
OPWL 551 E-Learning Content Design
(PRE/COREQ: OPWL 536)
3 – elective
OPWL 577 Change Management
(PRE/COREQ: OPWL 536)
3 – elective
Certificate requirements total 18

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