Organization Development and Leadership

Certificate in Organizational Psychology and Development

Students who have earned a B.S / B.A. or M.A /M.S. Degree in a discipline other than Organization Development and Leadership who do not want to complete the Master’s Degree in Organization Development and Leadership with a concentration in Adult Learning and Training can receive a certificate.

Admission Requirements

For those with a B.A./B.S.

A completed online application.
A $35.00 non-refundable application fee.
Official transcripts of all coursework from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended.
A letter of intention outlining the candidate’s professional goals and educational objectives for attending the program of their choice.
A current resume detailing professional work experience.
Two letters of recommendation.

For those with a M.A./M.S.

A completed online application.
A $35.00 non-refundable application fee.
Official transcripts of all coursework from the graduate institution attended.
A letter of intention outlining the candidate’s professional goals and educational objectives for attending the program of their choice.
A current resume detailing professional work experience.
Two letters of recommendation.

To fulfill the requirements for the Certificate in Organizational Psychology and Development, students complete six courses / 18 credits: six from the foundation courses in the Master's Degree Concentration in Organized Psychology and Development. A letter requesting the Certificate in Organizational Psychology and Development is required when all six courses / 18 credits have been completed. All credits in the Certificate in Organizational Psychology and Development Program are transferable to the Master's Degree Program in Organizational Psychology and Development.

Six Required Foundation Courses (CPOPD)

 

ODL    605  Performance Consulting (TOD 4135) - 3 credits

Course presents to the Organization Development and Leadership professional the practical tools necessary to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of learning and change programs. A specific technology is presented in a step-by-step approach, which links the collaborative consulting process with performance assessment. The course focuses on increasing students' ability to communicate and work with leaders in their organizations. ALT and OPD Concentration Requirement

ODL    660  Strategic Leadership (TOD 4155) - 3 credits

This course emphasizes the integration of leadership theory and behavior with strategic planning.  Students have the opportunity to review work projects and explore how communications, perceptions, behaviors, culture, and current events impact the outcome of projects and initiatives.  Relationships between organizational dynamics, culture, and leadership are explored through the lens of strategic change initiatives.  Specific strategies are considered and students begin to explore new ways of looking at leadership and their own behaviors in order to successfully implement strategies. Students attend a skill weekend where they reflect on the assumptions underlying their leadership actions. ALT Concentration Requirement.

ODL   620  Psychological Assessments (ORG 7005) - 3 credits

The psychological theories and practices underlying a wide variety of instruments used in assessing individual and group behavior in organizations will be examined. Issues and topics will include employee selection, performance, ability, attitude and development. Participants learn how to critically evaluate measures to answer organizational issues. Required OPD Concentration

ODL   625  Psychology of Executive Coaching (ORG 7015) - 3 credits

Executive Coaching has become a staple within many organizations. Executive Coaching is essentially a purposeful, relational intervention based in psychosocial concepts that leads to new and more complex level of functioning in one party. This course primarily assists the student in further development of their coaching skills and models while also examining coaching models, underlying constructs, skills and relevant coaching research.  Required 625 or 680 OPD

 

ODL   630  Leadership and Team Development (ORG 7035) - 3 credits

Course focuses on theories and practices required in leading and developing teams. Issues of leadership behavior, interpersonal relations, group roles and stages of development are examined in an experiential laboratory. Requirement OPD.

ODL   635  Seminar in Organizational Psychology Issues (ORG 7045) - 3 credits

Course considers topical issues in the field of Organizational Psychology through critical reviews and discussions by participants. Requirement OPD


 

Choose Two Electives (OPD)

ODL 675 Implementing Change (TOD 5295) - 3 Credits
Course aids students in designing and effectively implementing change programs and projects while achieving and sustaining performance. Students have the opportunity to create change models and processes from both experience and research. Major aspect of the course is to understand resistance and learn techniques to overcome resistance to change. Change models and processes focus on the corporate, group and individual level.

HED    580  Leadership Principles (4825) - 3 credits

An introductory course to acquaint the learner with needs and roles in supervisional activity. Management styles, functions, and analyses, as well as behavioral theory, are evaluated. Planning and decision-making, dealing with the change process, motivation, coaching and counseling techniques, performance appraisal, and control are examined.

ODL   646  Career Development (ORG 7025) - 3 credits

Course provides students with an experiential understanding of the process of career development.  Through a primarily experiential approach, where students craft their own career vision, students have an opportunity to engage key concepts in the field of career development.. In addition, topics such as assessment, gender, choice, interventions and career management are experienced and discussed.


Four Required Advanced Courses (OPD)

ODL    700  Organizational Development: Theory & Application (TOD 6305) - 3 credits

Course presents an overview of the fundamental components of organization development. Case studies are discussed and analyzed to demonstrate the fundamental components of OD. Practical skills and approaches are studied, such as change techniques and strategies, influence methods in dealing with leaders and consulting/learning models. Focus of course helps students implement successful learning or change programs in their organization. Topics of discussion include developing sponsorship, action research methods, survey feedback approaches, and dealing with conflict. .Prerequisite: completion of foundation courses. Required for ALT and OPD concentration

ODL    710  Intervention Skills: Strategy and Design (TOD 6315) - 3 credits

Students have an opportunity to complete a project demonstrating action research methodology. Course centers on understanding how to use interventions and  the impact that interventions can have within an organizational setting. Students have an opportunity to design and facilitate interventions both in class and in their organization to assure the successful implementation of change and/or that individual learning takes place within their project. Prerequisite: ODL 700 Required for ALT and OPD concentration.

ODL    780  Research Design and Evaluation (TOD 6325) - 3 credits

The course helps students design and evaluate research in their respective organization or field of study. Methods are presented for application to work situations. Topics include: the similarities and differences between theoretical and applied research, use of data-gathering techniques, writing of research reports and evaluation methods for change, learning, and research projects. Prerequisite: Completion of Foundation Courses. Required for ALT and OPD concentration.

ODL    785  Advanced Seminar (TOD 6335) - 3 credits

A capstone course and the last course taken in the Organization Development and Leadership Graduate Program. Course provides students the opportunity to complete a professional paper on a topic/issue of their choice utilizing research methods and statistics. Students also complete an independent/group project leading to the design and facilitation of a learning or change project. Prerequisite: ODL 780  Required for ALT and OPD concentration.