The training specialist major is a 120-hour program designed to prepare students to be training specialists who design, develop, and present training in business and industry. It is offered to both on campus and distance learning sites. It has been designed so that distance learning students may complete their entire degree as a distance learner. Coursework is offered via TeleTechnet and online. This program is based on the latest research by the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD).
Program sheet in Portable Document File (PDF) format.
Training specialists function primarily as training program developers, presenters, and in some instances, evaluators. Their job description includes discovering the training needs of specific groups, planning new programs and revising old programs to meet those needs, analyzing jobs and operations for teaching purposes, preparing course outlines, writing training manuals, furnishing and equipping classrooms, publicizing and selling training within the company, counseling individual employees on problems that might be solved through training, and measuring and maintaining employee productivity and job satisfaction.
Classes begin at the freshman level with their basic general education courses in English, mathematics, science, social studies, communications, and computer literacy; distance learners may complete general education requirements through their local community college. Students also begin their program by taking basic business and training courses including management, supervision of personnel, and adult education. As they enter their junior year, students take more advanced training courses in instructional development, presentation techniques, and evaluation and measurement. During the summer between their junior and senior year, students must complete a field experience that gives them training-related practical experience.
Old Dominion University training specialist graduates successfully transition from the campus to business and industry. In addition to positions as instructors, they have become instructional designers, training coordinators and managers, and program evaluators in government and industries such as banking, manufacturing, retailing, and production.
Dr. Mickey Kosloski, Program Leader
Dr. Deri Draper