The Talent Development program develops competencies so graduates can create and manage programs that enable organizational employees to maximize performance.
Our program is designed for working professionals, with 100% of the coursework delivered online. The curriculum was developed through a workshop of industry experts providing input into the knowledge and skills need to perform at the highest levels.
Position titles of graduates may include, among others: • Training & Performance Specialist • Organizational Development Specialist • Instructional Designer • Training Manager • Learning & Talent Development Specialist • Director of Learning and Development • Learning Program Manager • Talent Development Consultant • Director of Change Management • eLearning Specialist • Training Lead • Content Development Manager • Talent Manager • Talent Development Architect • Learning Technology Manager • Learning Specialist • Performance Improvement Specialist
The curriculum was determined by expert professionals in the field of talent development working for major employers within the Chicagoland area. Experts were determined by working with the Association of Talent Development – Chicago Chapter (the world’s largest ATD chapter).
With the amount of time and money organizations are spending to develop talent, there is an expectation that talent development activities produce bottom line results. Talent developers need to have an in-depth understanding of what it takes to design, develop, and lead talent development activities that results in a return on the organizations investment. This online master’s degree program is designed to provide current and future talent developers, instructional designers, and human resource professionals with the specific knowledge and skills to successfully perform within the occupation.
TFaculty are experts in the Talent Development field, bringing both academic and practical consulting experience into the classroom. Each is primarily dedicated to teaching, so developing you, rather than research, is their main focus.
“My research is driven by an interest in understanding wildlife-habitat associations. My research projects are diverse but aim to understand the factors explaining why species occur where and when they do, patterns of animal movement in search of suitable conditions, and the consequences of movement and habitat selection on fitness and species distributions at various scales."
“My research focuses on the biochemical underpinnings of adaptations to extreme environmental insults such as elevated temperature, severe desiccation, and freezing in animals. Undergraduate and graduate students are highly encouraged to contact me by phone or email about current research opportunities."
“My research focuses on how fish populations respond to anthropogenic impacts. Specifically, I am interested in the responses of native fishes to harvest, invasive species and habitat alterations. Most of my research focuses on commercially or ecologically important species in lotic (flowing) water system."