Learn & Develop

Sam Houston State University fosters a lifelong learning environment for employees to gain and improve the knowledge and skills important to their positions.

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Training to meet professional development requirement may be accomplished through online learning, instructor-led training, college courses, CEU courses, external workshops, conferences or seminars. Upon completion of any training, you should add and/or mark the training complete on your transcript in Talent Management.

Linkedin Learning

As an employee, you have access to the Linkedin Learning library that contains a vast array of video courses. Once logged in with your SHSU credentials, you can connect your Linkedin profile and complete training to meet your annual professional development requirements. Upon completion, you need to add that training to your transcripts in Talent Management as external training.

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Campus Trainings

Various departments and organizations offer instructor-led and OnDemand trainings to help complete business processes and grow professionally. You can register or watch one of these trainings through Talent Management online or with the CornerStone Learning App.

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The Learning Academies @ SHSU

The Learning Academies @ SHSU offer both live and online classes that feature competency-based curriculum. We have multiple professional development tracks designed to maximize your potential and encourage effective leadership, while helping managers strengthen your team.

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Degree Program Courses

You can take college courses directly related to your current or prospective job duties within your department to fulfill your annual professional development requirement. You can earn professional development credit on a 1-to-1 hourly basis. For example, if you are in class (or take equivalent online courses) twice a week for a total of 3 hours, you would earn 3 credits for the week toward your requirement. Full-time (1.0 FTE) benefits-eligible staff employees who have one year of full-time continuous employment may be eligible for the Employee Tuition Assistance program. SHSU will waive institutional tuition and fees for courses taken at SHSU. You will only be responsible for the payment of statutory tuition.

More about Employee Tuition Assistance

Leadership Academy

The High Potential Employee Leadership Academy is a 9-month experience that involves a series of monthly development sessions that address key leadership topics and specific focus groups. The members of the program will be selected utilizing a decentralized nomination process for a total of 21 members.

More about the Leadership Academy

External Trainings

You may attend external training when internal training is not available to satisfy the need. Requests for external training should be directed to your supervisor for approval and budget availability.

Add external trainings to your transcript

Training Requirements

The university believes that professional development should be required throughout the career of education support professionals.

Compliance Trainings for All Employees

Required Annually

  • Non Disclosure Agreement 3.0
  • SHSU Annual Cybersecurity Awareness Training (IT)

Required Every 2 Years

  • SHSU Equal Employment Opportunity Training
  • SHSU Sexual Misconduct Employee Training
  • Ethics Training

Requirements for Staff

Non-supervisory staff employees must complete eight (8) hours of training and all supervisors, managers, and other executives (administrators) must complete twelve (12) hours of professional development job-related training annually. Training to meet this requirement may be accomplished through online learning, instructor-led training, college courses, CEU courses, external workshops, conferences or seminars.

If you are a part-time employee, your requirements are prorated depending upon your FTE number. For example, if your FTE is .5 and you are non-exempt staff, then the required number of hours for the rating period is .5 x 8 hours, or 4 hours total.

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Requirements for Faculty

Academic Affairs provides additional policies and programs to support faculty in their professional development, focusing on balancing the needs of career with family, and fostering active learning.

Faculty Success

Requirements for Students

Student Employees and Graduate/Teaching/Research Assistants are required to have 4 hours of professional development training during their first year of employment. Training to meet this requirement may be accomplished through online learning, external workshops, conferences or seminars.

Student Employment Policy

Talent Management

Talent Management is our official professional development record keeping software. Within this software you can

Take online courses

Register for campus training events and workshops

Print certificates

Manage your training sessions

Download the Mobile Learning App

The Cornerstone Learning App allows you to register for campus trainings, complete OnDemand training, and check your transcript. After downloading, enter “samhouston” for the portal name.

Download on IOS (Apple Devices)

Download on Android (Devices by Samsung, Google, LG, Moto, etc.)

Login to Talent Management

Create a Training

Departments may develop online courses or live training events to communicate their services, business process, or demonstrate their product. We will create all online courses and live events in Talent Management. Instructors will be responsible for maintaining live event sessions.


All live events must have at least one instructor that manages the roster and creation of sessions. The instructor does not have to be the individual hosting the training. Prior to the event creation, instructors must complete Talent Management Training.


Departments interested in having courses added to Talent Management for registration should contact the Senior Human Resource Manager for Professional Development at 936-294-2328 to schedule a consultation. In your consultation, you will receive recommendations for formatting, presenting, and marketing your event.


Contact our Senior Human Resource Manager for Professional Development, TJ Bittick, to learn about our request process.