General Information For All Students

LLO Mission Statement

To understand and enhance the social, institutional, and organizational contexts in which people learn — schools, universities, and workplace settings among them.

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Leadership and Learning in Organizations (LLO) Program

The online Ed.D. program in leadership and learning in organizations prepares students to lead learning and organizational improvement in a range of professional contexts. Students take courses in leadership and organizational development, learning and design, and data and analytics, and learn to apply different methods of inquiry to organizational challenges. Through weekly asynchronous and synchronous classroom sessions, annual on-campus convenings , and application of their learning to a capstone project, students gain knowledge and skills needed to mobilize people to change and improve organizational learning and practices. The program is designed for experienced working professionals, and all degree requirements may be completed in three years.

Program Structure

The 54-credit hour curriculum1 includes three annual on-campus convenings and a culminating capstone project. It is organized around three competency strands, threaded throughout the program:

  • Leadership and Organizational Development
  • Learning and Design
  • Data and Analytics

Leadership & Organizational Development (21 credit hours)

  • Leadership Theory and Practice
  • Responsible Leadership: Conceptualizing the Ethics of Leadership for a Democratic Context
  • Leading Inclusive Organizations
  • Learning in Organizations
  • Organizational Theory and Behavior
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Economics of Human Resources

Learning and Design (9 credit hours)

  • Psychological Perspectives on Learning
  • Learning and Design in Context
  • Design for Learning in Communities

Data and Analytics (15 credit hours)

  • Strategy and Analytics
  • Research Design
  • Applied Statistics
  • Data Science
  • Program Evaluation

Annual Campus Convenings (3 credit hours)

Students will participate in three campus convenings, each with a unique program or academic focus. Each convening carries one credit. These annual convenings engage students in hands-on learning activities that develop the knowledge and skills necessary for capstone work.

1 Note: The full program requires 54 credit hours in addition to 30 post-baccalaureate transfer hours for a total of 84 credit hours. Transfer courses must be graduate level and taken at a regionally accredited institution with an earned grade of B or better. Grades of P, S, or CR will transfer if part of an earned master’s degree.