Advanced certificates are four, three credit courses selected from the SLI or HRD graduate curriculum that are grouped together, with each course providing a different dimension of a selected topic.  Completing all four courses provides the learner with an Advanced Certificate delivering an in-depth knowledge or expertise in a particular area.  Often certificates are used to enhance past learning or to acquire a new skill. It is not unusual for those who already have an MS degree in another field to enroll in a certificate to acquire new knowledge and earn a stackable credential to add to their personal resume.     

The advanced certificate is open to qualified students who meet the requirements for graduate study (please refer to admission requirements). The certificate may be completed as a stand-alone credential, or serve as an entry point for the SLI or HRD MS program. RIT students may qualify to use individual courses or the certificate as a whole in other RIT graduate programs with the appropriate approvals.

The Human Resource Development program has two Advanced Certificates.  One is Workplace Learning and Instruction which provides subject matter expertise in how we learn, how to design instruction and how to evaluate instructions effectiveness.   The second is Organizational Learning that provides expertise in establishing the essence of a human resource environment to provide human resource expertise to manage the people within an organization.

The Service leadership and Innovation program has a certificate in Service leadership and Innovation which focuses on how to develop and promote innovation within yourself and your organization.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the advanced certificates, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B average or a first class degree from a foreign university),
  • Submit transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Complete a graduate application.
    • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 88 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native Americans.


Organizational Learning

The advanced certificate in organizational learning provides students with an in-depth understanding of how people learn. Courses cover the theories of instructional design, including the use of technology and its impact on curriculum design, and the development of courses for both classroom and online learning. The certificate is appropriate for chief knowledge officers, training directors, personnel new to the teaching field, and those who wish to embark on a career in teaching or training.

Organizational learning, advanced certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Foundations in Human Resource Development
This course introduces students to the concepts that are the foundation of HRD and how these concepts are applied in a real-world environment. Human resource development is a distinct and unique area of practice that focuses on aligning employee learning and development with the strategic direction of an organization. This course provides an orientation to the profession; explores historical perspectives, theoretical foundations and the practice of HRD
Theories of Organizational Development
As organizations undergo continual change, HR leaders play a pivotal role enabling their organizations to anticipate, plan and profit from change. This course introduces the student to theories and practices of organization development and change leadership. Such leadership requires competencies of identifying and framing challenges, consulting with clients, researching solutions, creating, implementing, and evaluating action plans. Through study, practice and application, students will gain knowledge and skills to foster change, innovation, and the adaptability of an organization.
Organizational Learning and Knowledge Management
This is an introductory graduate-level survey course for organizational learning and knowledge management. The course will provide a broad overview of the concepts, practices, and challenges associated with learning in organizational contexts. Principles, techniques, and structures used to create, capture, store, value, distribute, and leverage knowledge to enhance organizational performance in continuously changing environments will be examined. Topics covered include types and nature of knowledge, levels of organizational learning, communities of practice, social and technological systems for capturing, storing, and distributing knowledge, valuation of knowledge assets, innovation and creativity, barriers to organizational learning, and knowledge as a source of competitive advantage.
Group Dynamics and Facilitation Skills
The group dynamics course explores the current theories and models of how individuals work within groups. Students will learn how to effectively manage, lead and generate results from group processes. More specifically, this course will explore how groups function and the importance of effectively leading a group towards a specific outcome. Course focuses on Human Resource Development applications and problem solving and not on Human Resource Management.
Talent Development
This course provides skills to develop, retain, and engage the best available talent required for current and future success. Students examine benchmark practices from all industry types to derive effective strategies for their own organizations, develop a human capital strategy development and complete an integrated set of projects to implement selected components of the strategy.
Total Semester Credit Hours

Gainful employment

Information regarding costs and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code and occupational profiles for this program can be viewed at www.rit.edu/emcs/financialaid/gedt/organizational-learning.html.


Workplace Learning and Instruction

Senior leaders in the most successful businesses agree that leveraging the human capital of an organization is vital to survival in today’s competitive business climate. This requires businesses to align employee development plans with strategy and provide targeted learning experiences to ensure they equip their workforce to perform at the peak of their capability, attract the best and brightest candidates, and retain the most qualified employees.

The advanced certificate in workplace learning and instruction provides professionals with the competencies required to develop highly effective learning materials that drive strategic employee development, boost performance, and manage the employee development efforts of an organization.

Workplace learning and instruction, advanced certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Theories of Learning
This course examines the physiological, psychological, and socio/cultural factors related to adult learning and development. Selected theories of learning and development are critically analyzed and applied to adult contexts. Students are expected to critically examine their own assumptions and beliefs about learning and development. Attention is given to stages of adult growth, the development of learning goals, learning environments, and to a variety of theories of learning.
Instructional Design
The process of instructional design is both an art and science. The framework of this course is to teach the students how to design instruction regardless of content area to allow learners to successfully achieve stated outcomes. The components of the course include the needs assessment, analysis of learner's abilities, the design of measurable performance objectives, development of assessment strategies followed by the design of instructional materials and the formative and summative evaluation process. A brief overview of technology used to support the instructional strategy will be provided as will opportunities to assess technology designed to support the learner through self instruction of content areas.
Learning Assessment and Evaluation
A learning environment assessment of accomplishment of learning outcomes and the summative effect these have on forming professional and workforce competencies requires attention to assessment strategies and overall summative evaluation of the learning program outcomes and abilities to meet the needs of the learners and the organization. This course will consider how to measure performance for the variety of intellectual learner domains as well as the overall program effectiveness and interpretation of data collection efforts to test the efficacy of the learning outcomes.
Learning Design and Technology
Given the organizational needs assessment results and the learners abilities training is often the solution used to enhance personal performance within an organization. A variety of strategies including non-traditional learning programs and tools, development of engaging learning programs linked to corporate strategies for promotion and succession and/or use of traditional instruction strategies to engage the learner in the task and enhance personal productivity will be explored, developed for situational.
Total Semester Credit Hours

Gainful employment

Information regarding costs and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code and occupational profiles for this program can be viewed at www.rit.edu/emcs/financialaid/gedt/workplace-learning-and-instruction.html.


Service Leadership and Innovation

The advanced certificate in service leadership and innovation provides a curriculum that focuses on the elements of system design and future scenarios to develop strategy, and on organizing plans to achieve future aspirations. This certificate is appropriate for CEO and COO’s oriented to helping their organizations achieve sustainable growth capitalizing on their human potential as well as those interested in evolving into these roles within a human resource department.

Service leadership and innovation, advanced certificate, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
Service Design Fundamentals
In this initial course in the Service Leadership & Innovation graduate program systems thinking is used to explore the concepts of service in a theoretical, future oriented and practical framework. Service systems are examined from a relationship building framework emphasizing the customer-centric view, human and intellectual capital, asset management, technical interactivity and connectivity, and the process and experiential effects of service.
Service Scenarios and Strategy Development
The service world has many failures of large, once-successful companies that failed to accomplish the primary goal of every organization: consistently design and deliver value to customers and other key stakeholder groups in a highly competitive and ever-changing service environment. This course introduces the concepts, principles, and practices necessary to avoid failure by taking an action-oriented approach to planning, implementing, evaluating, and revising competitive strategy in service firms. The course will address basic concepts and principles of competitive strategy, the process of developing and implementing strategy in service-centered firms, development of robust, future-oriented strategies using learning scenarios, strategy mapping, and tools for strategy evaluation such as performance metrics, scorecards and dashboards.
Project Management in the Service Sector
Managing public sector projects is a complex, demanding process involving ethical considerations, leadership,the ability to understand complex rules and regulations, the politics of the administration and the vagaries of the budget process. This conceptual framework will address planning, selection of team members , contracts and agreements, monitoring and adjusting the project progress and completion of the project through turnkey stages. The end result of this process is to contribute to establishment of trust of the public, minimize failure and maximize success.
Data Mining in the Service Sector
To gather information and analyze the information to inform decisions is the goal of every public sector administration. This data can drive success of the government or lead to its downfall. This course will explore data mining used in the public sector, how to gather it and utilize the results of the data collections to inform decisions that reflect the needs and desires of the stakeholders in this sector.
Total Semester Credit Hours


Gainful employment

Information regarding costs and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code and occupational profiles for this program can be viewed at www.rit.edu/emcs/financialaid/gedt/service-leadership-and-innovation.html.