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Organizational Learning and Human Resource Development (OLHRD)

Graduate Courses |

Admissions for this program are suspended at this time.

Degrees Work for the master of education degree (M.Ed.) with a specialization in organizational learning and human resource development is offered. Courses are scheduled with consideration of the full-time work schedules of the majority of our students.

Emphasis The OLHRD Program focuses primarily on three components of positive organizational development: learning, performance, and change. Students learn how to design, carry out, monitor, and evaluate organizational learning and human resource development efforts to improve the learning potential of individuals and organizations.

Prerequisites Prerequisites to major graduate work in educational leadership are completion of an undergraduate degree with coursework appropriate to the planned specialization, and evidence that the student ranks above average in scholastic achievement and promise of professional competence.

Learning Opportunities Master's students in OLHRD will engage in learning experiences via courses, practical experiences, and independent research or a culminating experience that will enable them to serve as leaders in various OLHRD settings.

Careers The Organizational Learning and Human Resource Development (OLHRD) master's degree prepares graduates for continuing education and human resource development leadership roles in public and private organizations.

Outcomes Master's degree graduates with a specialization in organizational learning and human resource development will be knowledgeable about the mutual and complex relationships between learning, performance, and change. By the time of graduation, students will demonstrate the necessary skills and knowledge to:

*Promote individual and organizational growth by thoughtfully enacting theories of individual and organizational learning and development, strategic planning, and performance and change management.

*Facilitate selection and deployment of appropriate OLHRD interventions at all levels of an organization.

*Continually monitor and evaluate OLHRD efforts in light of new challenges.

*Relate sensitively and evaluate OLHRD efforts in light of new challenges.

*Express ideas clearly to various audiences, both orally and in writing.

*Articulate their values, beliefs, and philosophies of organizational learning and human resource development.

*Access and use research information and technology to assist with OLHRD efforts.

*Negotiate, collaborate with, and respond to the diverse interests of the many stakeholders in organizations.

*Act ethically, honestly, and with regard for fairness.

Courses primarily for graduate students, open to qualified undergraduate students

OLHRD 541. Adult Learning. (3-0) Cr. 3. Examines how adults acquire and use knowledge, skills, and attitudes within organizational settings; individual differences in learning as well as the principles and elements of the learning organization.

OLHRD 542. Program Development in Human Resource Development. (3-0) Cr. 3. Applies program development principles, models, and strategies to human resource development and performance improvement interventions.

OLHRD 543. Strategically Integrated Human Resource Development. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: OLHRD 541. Examines the evolution and philosophy of human resource development, organizational transformation techniques, performance partnerships, and changes in human resource development practice, with application of tools and techniques to improve organizational performance.

OLHRD 544. Performance Improvement and Change Through Learning Interventions. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: OLHRD 541, 542. Examines the characteristics and elements of the performance improvement and change process, with special attention to the roles and responsibilities of employees, managers, and organizations when improving individual and organizational learning.

OLHRD 545. Learning Acquisition, Transfer, and Evaluation. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: OLHRD 541, 542, 544. Critical examination of learning acquisition, transfer, and evaluation barriers, partnerships, strategies, and activities; and the roles and responsibilities of human resource development professionals, managers, employees, and organizations in the application and evaluation of learning on the job.

OLHRD 546. Human Resource Development Consulting. (3-0) Cr. 3. Prereq: OLHRD 543, 544. Understanding the roles, responsibilities, characteristics, objectives, competencies, and skills of human resource development consultants; applying the consulting process to solve performance and organizational problems in real and hypothetical settings.

OLHRD 547. Practicum/Internship. Cr. 3. F.S. Practicum or internship designed to provide work exposure in organizational learning and human resource development.

OLHRD 598. Capstone Seminar. Cr. 3. F.S.SS. Prereq: 21 credits in organizational learning and human resource development. Integrates the learning experiences of students completing the Master's Degree Program in organizational learning and HRD.

OLHRD 599. Creative Component. Cr. 3. Prereq: 21 credits in organizational learning and human resource development.