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#1 Posted : Tuesday, February 28, 2017 8:40:15 AM(UTC)

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I'm interested in transitioning from a 1701 series to a 1750 - Instructional Systems Series. The 1750 series requires a degree that included or was supplemented by at least 243 semester hours appropriate to the work of the position being filled. This has to include study in at least 4 of the following 5 areas:
1) Learning theory, psychology of learning, educational psychology
2) Instructional design practices
3) Educational evaluation
4) Instructional product development
5) Computers in education and training

Now I already have a Master's degree in TESOL including courses that would probably meet requirements for numbers 1-3. However, I'll still need 9 credits, some of which in either category 4 or 5.

I'm clueless, though: how can I do this?

Do I need to start an entirely new certificate program that offers those courses? Can I simply take individual courses from an accredited university and have that suffice? And who should I even contact to confirm my plan in advance?

FWIW I'm a civilian USAF employee working at Lackland, AFB.
#2 Posted : Tuesday, February 28, 2017 2:23:37 PM(UTC)

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If you've got a 1750 Civilian Program Management Office they may help (like the Army CP-32 http://www.tradoc.army.m.../planning/1750/1750.html). I'd even reach out to them and ask, since the requirements are most likely OPM standardized.
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"...a degree that included or was supplemented by at least 24 [not 243] semester hours..."

The key is "or was supplemented" -- the additional 24 hours need not have been part of the bachelor's degree program.
#4 Posted : Thursday, May 11, 2017 9:31:03 AM(UTC)

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I have a MSc in Organizational Performance and Workplace Learning from Boise State and it covers all the areas you are concerned about. They also offer certificate programs. Check them out at <<http://opwl.boisestate.edu/>> See if one is better than another for your needs. There are brick-and-mortar colleges that offer online programs as well as the virtual colleges (my advice is to avoid these, they are not worth a degree earned at a brick-and-mortar college)

The experiences at each vary. Some are education-based, some training based (corporate), some technology-based, some psychology-based. It is a true multi-disciplinary field, so you need to tailor what you take. Good luck!

ADDED: Now that I looked up what your TESOL degree is I'm not sure how much of it will apply. I don't know how many theories, techniques, and tools are the same. But I'm ignorant!

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