Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development
Well-educated facilitators are key to the success of the adult training function in organizations across sectors.
Training staff has become increasingly critical for organizational agility and responsiveness to client needs. This program helps to develop all of the essential competencies required to function as a professional in the teaching of adult learners in the workplace. It was developed at the graduate level in response to expressed needs of Master’s Degree students, who felt that an introduction to adult learning principles needed to be complemented by hands-on experiential practice in the skills of teaching adult learners.
The program promises to expose learners to all of the core theory and practice of the training field, in order to develop professionals who not only understand why they are teaching in certain ways, but also are able to skillfully apply this understanding to their actual behaviour on the job.
This Masters Certificate program (MCATD) includes 13 days of instruction over four months, followed by a practicum to be completed within a year. Participants must take Module 1 and choose two of Modules 2, 3 and 4, plus the practicum (3 modules + practicum). Details about the practicum component of the program are available on the Practicum web page.
Standalone Module Registration
Individual modules of the Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development are available as standalone options. For more information on each module, click on “View Modules” below. Links to register in each session are located at the bottom of the module description.
“Great seminar with amazing instructor. Her professionalism and care was felt every step of the way.”
“This course has given me the confidence to speak up and express my thoughts and opinions based on topics that we have learned within the course and the amount of group activities that took place. I really enjoyed learning about the different learning styles and how we can change our reactions and learning designs based on the audience.”
“Great introductory course to help you understand the Adult Learner and methods to develop learning modules with the learning styles in mind.”
Explore key principles and processes of adult learning and training, with a focus on the participant as an adult learner, assessing trainer competencies, setting personal learning goals and clarifying values.
Learn key principles and process of adult learning & training
Reflect on yourself as the adult learner – trainer competencies, personal learning goals, and values clarification
Recognize and manage factors outside of the learner – environment, learner-centered and experiential approaches
Understand factors within the learner – learning style and other differences, motivation to learn
Designing Learning for Performance
Part 1: Using a simple yet elegant model, you will learn about the factors that affect performance and be able to examine the needs assessment process and how it can be used in a variety of situations.
Examine factors that affect performance
Develop a needs assessment strategy to respond to a variety of situations
Explore a range of data collection methods (organization audits, focus groups, nominal group technique, surveys and interviews)
Use these tools in class and receive feedback on “live” application
Learn how to apply all the above in the evaluation process
Part 2: In this session, we’ll explore a step-by-step process for designing performance-based learning that’s relevant, engaging, and grounded in instructional design principles.
Design e-learning, e-classroom and classroom learning
Design job aids and structured workplace learning
Explore case studies for technical and interpersonal skills
Complete a relevant design project of your choice
Creating High Impact Learner-centred Classrooms
Part 1: This session is designed to set you on the path to becoming a master facilitator. Building on the concepts learned in Modules 1 and 2, you will be taught the skills to become a learner-centered facilitator.
Increase interest, learning, motivation and accountability among participants
Understand the phases of group development and how to respond as a leader
Learn how to deal with conflict, how to give feedback constructively, how to read the symptoms of a group in trouble, and what to do about it
Practise your facilitation skills in a safe, supportive environment
Conduct a facilitated session with multiple attendees
Properly set up the space for a facilitated session
Identify and address common behavioural issues in the session
Increase learner engagement by making it relevant to participants
Part 2: During this session you will learn why presentation skills matter in today’s information-saturated world. Our emphasis will be on in-person presentations, with some reflection on conversion to effective online presentations.
Learn a proven seven-step process to guide you through presentation preparation and delivery
Learn methods for making your presentations memorable and compelling
Gain enough practice and feedback to fuel your ongoing development for years to come
Engage in exercises to help you continue to build your confidence and sense of presence
Dynamic eLearning Development and Facilitation
Part 1: This session will provide you with all the basic skills required to design and build e-learning courses in Storyline 3 or 360. You’ll also learn how to design interactive, online courses that engage learners and accomplish stated learning objectives.
Build a basic elearning course, based on storyboards, using Articulate Storyline 3 or 360
Adapt the MCATD instructional design process for self-paced elearning
Scope requirements for elearning courses based on real-life cases
Learn best practices for writing elearning storyboards
Create advanced interactions using variables, conditions and triggers
Update course to comply with AODA accessibility requirements
Part 2 (blended format – part in-class, part on-line): This session explores the virtual classroom and the unique facilitation techniques that can be used to make learning most impactful in a virtual setting.
Explore and adopt virtual facilitation best practices when hosting virtual classroom sessions
Incorporate virtual classroom design principles into your training materials
Navigate and explore features and functions of the WebEx Training Center
Use the WebEx Training Center to deliver a 20-minute virtual classroom session on a topic of your choice
Practicum in Adult Training and Development
The choice of one of three rigorous practicum options provides an oppportunity to apply everything you have learned in a real-world situation of your selection. Individual coaching and mentoring by faculty provide the support needed to make the Practicum a uniquely valuable learning experience.
Completion of the Practicum is mandatory for the Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development. The practicum fee is included with your program registration, however you must register your choice of the three options. Visit the Practicum web page for details and to register.
Workplace educators have long known that mastery of a content area or technical skill does not mean one can teach that content or skill to others. Teaching is an art and science that includes the ability to assess needs, design effective programs, and implement and evaluate their impact in a way that insures ROI for the organization and a genuine increase in knowledge and skill for the individual.
The MCATD program promises to expose learners to all of the core theory and current practices of the training field, in order to develop professionals who not only understand why they are designing and teaching in certain ways, but also are able to skilfully apply this understanding to their actual behaviour on the job.
We are excited to announce the launch of our new format for the Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development. It retains all of the program’s superb content and talented facilitators, but now is in a more condensed format of 13 days in three modules plus a practicum, including our two popular e-learning modules. So you complete the program sooner, pay less and can choose your own learning path, whether you are an up-front classroom or virtual trainer and/or designer.
Benefits of the New Model:
* Simplified design – now you can take the e-learning modules as part of your complete program, without having to add them on.
* Least expensive option – the price point is at the lowest of the three current options (2 are being eliminated), while still resulting in a Masters Certificate from SEEC.
* More time between modules – we’ve heard from participants that they want more time to apply what they’ve learned before taking on a new module.
* Shorter completion time – 5-day modules condenses the time to completion.
* Customized learning paths – you choose the modules that make sense for you.
* Robust stand-alone modules – if you don’t need or want the full program, our modules provide individual certificates for the specific topics you want. (Alumni discounts apply if you have completed the certificate program, and want to add the modules you missed).
We are all very excited about this new design, and believe it will enhance the content and delivery of the MCATD program. We look forward to meeting you and/or your colleagues in the first Module in January, 2019, for what our Alumni say might be the best learning experience of your life!
Our schedule for the Winter and Fall 2019 offerings of the program is currently available on the SEEC/MCATD website.
91 HRPA - CPD Hours Format13 days of in-class study
This program has been approved for CDP hours under Section A of the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log of the Human Resource Professionals Association (HRPA). Be sure to note the program ID number on your CPD log. For more information about certification or continuing professional development, visit the HRPA website at www.hrpa.ca/hrdesignations_/Pages/Continuing-Professional-Development.aspx