The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Organizational Change and Administration degree program prepares students to work in a wide variety of administrative and executive roles. The Ed.D. program includes intensive study and practice of the necessary theories, principles and skills for transforming organizations to achieve optimal growth. The Doctor of Education program is designed for working professionals looking to apply theory to their practice, and is ideally suited for current organizational administrators, executives of business, or leaders in any field to expand their career path and to advance their academic and professional goals.This interdisciplinary terminal degree allows emerging organizational administrators and leaders to focus their learning and research on K-12 education, higher education, private/corporate sectors, or public/non-profit sectors.The fully online Ed.D. has no residency requirements and has a remote comprehensive experience and dissertation defense.
Ed.D. in Organizational Change and Administration Highlights
The fully online and faith-based Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Administration focuses on problem solving, communication, analytical and research-oriented professional skills for responsible and innovative mid-to-upper executive level leaders who seek to maximize impact in organizations. Courses are specifically designed and delivered to meet the needs of practitioners who are tasked in leading through complex and unique issues encountered in private, public and nonprofit organizations.
The Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Administration degree program is an interdisciplinary degree leading to multiple career paths and is especially designed for educators, business executives, organizational leaders and administrators, city and county government managers, college faculty and staff, and other non-profit personnel.
*Pending approval from WASC Senior College and University Commission. The Doctor of Education in Organizational Change and Administration program is anticipated to begin Fall 2020
New Era Organizations
This course prepares learners for the program by studying essential research-based theories on administration and management leading up to contemporary ones. Emphasis is on reviewing current and emerging organizational theories and concepts, business ethics, organizational change, talent development, and social responsibility, and developing and articulating a personal philosophy related to managing change in new era organizations. The theories and concepts reviewed will serve as a foundation for scholarly thought within the program. (4 units)
Organizational Change, Ethics, and Human Behavior
This course investigates strategies for promoting sustainable organizations by studying individual and group behavior within organizational settings. Key course concepts focus on organizational infrastructure, motivational strategies, ethical strategies, and leading change. Theories and frameworks studied are foundational principles of the program. This course also examines principles for leveraging conflict management strategies to promote positive organizational relationships and ethical outcomes. Prerequisite: ORG 710. (4 units)
This course examines effective principles of communication critical for effectiveness within diverse organizations. Principles focus on opportunities for administrators to reflect on their own communication style and examine the components of effective communication strategies. Students will address the challenges inherent to effective communication present in today's multicultural, multilingual work environments. Students will apply strategies for addressing routine and unexpected organizational communication challenges and situations. Prerequisite: ORG 720. (4 units)
Human Resource Management
This course examines the processes an organization uses to attract, retain, motivate and develop the best people for their jobs. Concepts of study include organizational recruitment, retention, engagement, evaluation, identification and development of high potential employees, succession planning, and employee development from the perspective of the organization's innovators and talent management professionals. Prerequisite: ORG 720. (4 units)
Leveraging Culture and Diversity
This course prepares administrators for gaining insight into identifying the barriers that exist within organizations that mitigate opportunities for diversity and inclusion. Students will survey the effects of culture on administrative strategies and actions, and policies and procedures. They will analyze strategies for leveraging diversity to promote greater organizational inclusivity and productivity. Ethical considerations and motivation for diversity are emphasized. Prerequisite: ORG 725. (4 units)
Strategy, Planning and Change
This course focuses on the development of knowledge and skills needed to maintain competitive advantage and sustainability in today's dynamic organizations. Special attention will be on the analysis and application of strategic approaches to overcoming barriers for organizational optimization, as well as methods for planning and driving support needed for implementation of change objectives that support the organization's mission. Prerequisite: ORG 730. (4 units)
Evidence-Based Decision Making and Innovation
In this course students will examine techniques and strategies that promote strategic data-driven decision making for effective administration and fostering innovative behaviors. Models for collecting, analyzing, and using organizational data effectively will be evaluated, and tactics for enhancing both collective and individualistic decision-making will be examined. Students will survey and assess models utilizing data to support innovation strategies, as well as develop strategies for presenting data to promote innovative-driven decision making at all levels of the organization. The course will develop students' skills in three areas: acquiring data, analyzing data to make predictions, and presenting the results of analysis to diverse stakeholder populations. Prerequisite: ORG 740. (4 units)
Data Analysis and Interpretation
The purpose of this course is to introduce the principles and methods for descriptive and inferential statistics. The course will focus on understanding how descriptive and inferential calculations can be applied to effectively interpret data. Descriptive analysis covered will include measures of central tendency, variability, relationships, basic distributions. Inferential analysis covered includes chi-square, ANOVA, regression; the analysis of variance covariance, and multivariate data. Students will be required to utilize statistical software. Prerequisite: ORG 750. (4 units)
Quantitative Research Methods
The purpose of this course is to present an examination of quantitative methods and designs that are utilized in the study of organizational administration and behavior. Areas of focus include measurement, sampling, and design issues in generating and testing research questions. Experimental, quasi-experimental, and survey research designs are assessed and applied. Prerequisite: ORG 760. (4 units)
Qualitative Research Methods
This course examines the theoretical foundations of qualitative research methods and techniques applied within the study of organizational administration and behavior. Students will be exposed to a wide array of research methods, design, measurement, analysis, and interpretation techniques that are crucial in descriptive research. Students will learn how to analyze human behavior, perceptions, and reactions as well as the meanings people give to their experiences. Prerequisite: ORG 770. (4 units)
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the practice of research and research design. The course develops an understanding of the principles, processes and techniques used in social science research. Topics will include reading and evaluating dissertations, identification of quality research design criteria, development of quality hypothesis statements, and the effective use of descriptive statistics. Students will use this information to evaluate their own thinking about research questions and develop potential research design descriptions. Prerequisite: ORG 775. (4 units)
This course examines the theoretical foundations of qualitative research methods and techniques applied within the study of organizational administration and behavior. Students will be exposed to a wide array of research methods, design, measurement, analysis, and interpretation techniques that are crucial in descriptive research. Students will learn how to analyze human behavior, perceptions, and reactions as well as the meanings people give to their experiences. Prerequisite: ORG 780. (4 units)
Students will be guided through the research process after completing the dissertation proposal. This will include the development and completion of the dissertation. Students will work with their dissertation advisors both individually and in small groups. During the final iteration students will defend their dissertation in a public oral examination open to all members of the University community. Although the defense is concerned primarily with the dissertation research and its interpretation, the examining committee may explore the student's knowledge of areas relevant to the core of the dissertation problem. Students will finalize their dissertation manuscript for publication. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ORG 785. (4 units)
1. Masters degree or the evaluated equivalency of the Masters degree, from a regionally accredited university with the following Grade Point Average:
2. Current Professional Resume or Curriculum Vitae that includes the following:
3. Personal statement of at least 500 words that includes the following:
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