Training Systems Development Certificate Admissions

The purpose of the Certificate in Training Systems Development program is to develop and update skills and knowledge in the training design and development area in order for graduates to advance to new positions in corporate or public agency training departments. The certificate program offers professional training program developers an opportunity to strengthen and augment their professional skills. This program can be especially useful to individuals who already hold a master’s degree in a related field, such as adult education, industrial psychology, broadcast and communication arts, and human resource development as well as for those who seek documentation in training competencies to meet government employment requirements.

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Program Requirements

Students are required to take nine units of core requirements and nine units of electives. Students select electives based on their interests in consultation with an advisor.

Core Requirements (9 units)

During the first year of study, all students must take ITEC 800, ITEC 801 and ITEC 850. Students must receive a grade of B or higher in each of the required core courses to receive the certificate.

Core Requirements
Code Title Units
ITEC 800 Theoretical Foundations of Instructional Technologies 3
ITEC 801 Introduction to Learning Design, Design Thinking, and Innovation 3
ITEC 850 Design and Management of Training Projects 3

Electives (9 units)

Students choose nine units of electives. Since the certificate is focused on training design and development, it is strongly suggested that students choose from that group. However, the choice of electives will depend on the students' interests, needs, and backgrounds.

Code Title Units
Select three of the following:   9
ITEC 805 Needs Assessment and Program Evaluation (topic)  
ITEC 825 Digital Product Usability Testing  
ITEC 830 Design of Learning Environments with Emerging Technologies  
ITEC 852 Instructional Technologies in Organizations  
ITEC 865 Fundamentals of Designing Interactive E-Learning Courses  

Award of Certificate

When all requirements have been met, the student must complete the certificate approved program form. The form, along with transcripts indicating satisfactory completion of all certificate requirements, must be submitted to the chair of the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies. The chair will then initiate issuance of a certificate to be signed by the department and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Award of the certificate will be entered on the student’s transcript.

Admission to the Certificate Program

Entry into the program is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 units of college course work.

How to Apply

Please review the Graduate Application Procedures for Admission.


If you have questions about the admissions process please contact the ELSIT Department at 415-338-1653 or email us at