New Updated Curriculum Mapped to the ATD Competency Model
I am pleased to announce updates to our curriculum were approved and will go into effect starting with the Fall 2019 semester. The updates resulted from the remapping of our curriculum to the current ATD competency model to ensure that our students develop essential skills required for success in the industry.
Rationale for Curriculum Revision
The purpose of this revision is to realign our curriculum with the current Association for Talent Development (ATD; formerly ASTD) Competency Model. The ATD Competency Model is the standard for professional skill identification and certification within the training and development industry. The Model serves as a guide for both entry-level and advanced certification that is very desirable in the job market. ATD recommends that the Competency Model serve as a foundation for academic curricula and suggests that each Area of Expertise (AOE) may reflect planned courses. Our curriculum was initially mapped to the 2003 Model over ten years ago resulting in many positive outcomes for our program.
A matrix (below) was used to first map our previous curriculum and program objectives to the ATD Model. Each AOE was mapped at four levels (I, R, M, A) to identify whether the AOE was addressed in an introductory manner, reinforced, led to mastery, or offered an opportunity for assessment. This process revealed significant curricular gaps in several areas of the revised ATD Model: Managing Learning Programs, Integrated Talent Management, Coaching, Knowledge Management, and Change Management. A revised curriculum was developed to address the gaps using existing courses and revised course titles. The revised curriculum was once again mapped to the AOE and objectives to ensure that each competency is addressed at the mastery and assessment level in at least one course.
As a result of the revision, the following courses are no longer offered: TRDV 422 Adult Learning Theory, TRDV 435 Organization Development, TRDV 453 E-Learning Course Authoring II. Three new courses that address specific ATD competencies have been added to the curriculum: TRDV 432 Training Strategy & Leadership, TRDV 445 Coaching for Talent Development, and TRDV 433 Change Management. Other courses have undergone minor name changes without a change to the course number. The new course sequence can be viewed in our Graduate Catalog at https://catalog.roosevelt.edu/graduate/education/training-development-matd/#requirementstext
What This Means for Students
All new students who begin their studies in the Fall 2019 semester will follow the new curriculum but continuing students, who began their studies prior to Fall 2019, will have flexible scheduling options. Note that all previous courses taken by continuing students will apply to their degree and every effort will be taken to ensure that continuing students graduate on time as planned. All continuing students must take the seven essential courses listed below but will have flexible options for the five additional courses required for graduation.
Essential Courses that must be taken to graduate without substitution
TRDV 400 Introduction to Training, TRDV 451 Instructional Design 1 and TRDV 470 Instructional Design 2; TRDV 434 Training Evaluation, TRDV 450 Learning Technologies, TRDV 439 E-Learning Course Design, and TRDV 499 Professional Portfolio.
Flexible options for Continuing Students
Below are new courses that continuing students may substitute for previous courses that are no longer offered. Although it is recommended that students use this substitution schedule, as long as continuing students take all seven Essential Courses, we can offer some flexibility in the additional 5 courses they must take to graduate. Please direct questions about scheduling to Laura Lag at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kathleen Iverson at email@example.com
New Course Previous Course
TRDV 433 Change Management TRDV 435 Organization Development
TRDV 445 Coaching for Talent Development TRDV 422 Adult Learning theory
TRDV 432 Training Strategy & Leadership TRDV 453 E-Learning Course Authoring 2
Keep in mind that if you are a continuing student or alumni and would like to develop the skills provided by the three new courses, you may take them after graduation on a non-credit basis for a nominal feel. Learn more about this here: https://www.roosevelt.edu/alumni/benefits