BA in Talent Development

The BA in Talent Development (BATD) will prepare students to work in organizations as entry level training and talent development employees.

Students will develop skills in human resource development and training, instructional design, curriculum design, leadership, employee evaluation, and adult learning.

Graduates of the program will be qualified for entry level positions as corporate trainers, training managers, learning managers, instructional designers, training consultants, or talent managers.


The BA in Talent Development is a 120 hour degree program which is offered both in a fully-online format in Tusculum’s Graduate & Professional Studies Program and face-to-face on the Greeneville campus for Traditional Program students.  The program will begin for all students in Fall 2017.


Tusculum is committed to making a quality education affordable for our students. Our tuition rates are quite competitive.

Our monthly tuition payment plan helps to make the costs of higher education manageable for our students and does not incur interest charges, unlike similar payment plan options offered by other comparable higher education institutions. For more information regarding our payment plan options, please contact the Business Office at 1-800-729-0256 Ext. 5060 and ask to speak to a student account associate or email Business@tusculum.edu.

  • Learn more at www.tusculum.edu/faid
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov (Tusculum College’s code is 003527)
  • Ask your employer about tuition reimbursement


The national median salary (2014) for Training and Development Specialists with a bachelor’s degree and less than five years of experience was $57,340. The expected job growth from 2014-24 is 7% (as fast as average). In Tennessee, the median salary was $55,930 in 2012 with an expected job growth rate of 15%, significantly above average. The median annual salary for training and development managers was $95,400 in 2012 with an expected growth rate of 12%.


The Association for Talent Development offers national certification as a Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP). Candidates must have five years of experience, or four years of experience and one year of college coursework to be eligible to sit for the exam.