Organizational Learning, Leadership and Innovation

Doctor of Education

About This Program


The doctoral program in Organizational Learning, Leadership and Innovation facilitates the professional development of all organizational personnel connected with any educational aspect of their organization to include chief educational officers, corporate trainers and private and corporate consultants, as well as personnel who desire to become innovative leaders. The Organizational Learning, Leadership and Innovation program prepares students to translate research into effective systems of instruction, supervision and leadership. It features a core of studies, a field component, and a dissertation/capstone project. This program of studies meets the needs of private and post-secondary educators, as well as corporate trainers and other professionals.

The program format allows for completion of course work in just over three years, even though students attend classes only once a week. Some classes may also be offered in a hybrid or online format which will include both face to face and on-line instruction. Courses are taught by both full-time and adjunct faculty who are experts in their fields, providing an insight into innovative, leading-edge theories and practices.

Program Competencies

Graduates in the Organizational Learning, Leadership and Innovation program are expected to meet the following program competencies through attainment of the competencies detailed in specific course objectives:

  1. Articulate and model core beliefs of the organization and effectively demonstrate how to take action to achieve the organization's vision, mission, and goals.
  2. Promote a positive organizational culture and design comprehensive professional growth plans for staff.
  3. Manage the organization, operations, and resources in a way that promotes a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
  4. Collaborate with employees and other members of the greater learning community and respond to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilize community resources.
  5. Act with integrity, fairness, and in an ethical manner.
  6. Understand, respond to, and influence the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
  7. Provide significant opportunities for candidates to synthesize and apply the knowledge, and practice and develop the skills in Competencies 1-6 through substantial, standards-based work in real settings, planned and guided cooperatively by the institution and organization personnel.
  8. Demonstrate an ability to use information and information technologies to enhance the effective utilization and practice of educational research.
  9. Generate ideas, processes and procedures that are innovative and challenge the status quo of a particular group or organization.

Program Design

The Doctor of Education program in Organizational Learning, Leadership and Innovation is designed to combine theory, practice, and inquiry to enhance students’ innovation and leadership skills. The program has three major features. One is a core program of coursework that includes content and research courses.

A second feature consists of a field component consisting of 3 courses for 9 credit hours. The field components provide students the opportunity to engage in problem-based experiences outside the classroom setting that complement their program coursework. The field component aspect provides the opportunity for the student to apply the knowledge and theory learned in the core courses to the solution of specific problems, in an organizational setting. Candidates are expected to complete a minimum of 120 internship hours to satisfy the field component.

The third feature of the program is an applied research component consisting of 9 credit hours and the dissertation/capstone project that serves as a culminating activity for all previously completed courses and the field components. Students must be raised to candidacy before beginning the dissertation/capstone component of the program. The doctoral dissertation/capstone project totals nine credit hours. The research should demonstrate the student’s design and analytical skills, as well as the student’s ability to write for a professional audience.

Candidates are required to register for EDD 6102 E-Folio as the initial course in the program. This course will allow them to document various course requirements needed to satisfy individual program standards and competencies. The E-Folio will also serve as the repository for practicum artifacts and reflections.

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2015-2016 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2015 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.