Master of Arts in Psychology, Educational Leadership

Master of Arts in Psychology, Educational Leadership

Courses

(All courses are 3 credits and are listed in the recommended sequence.)

ORG 6300 Human Development  
This course explores the major theories of adult development related to emotions, personality, cognitive functioning, social and family influences, and physical functioning. Current theoretical approaches and research related to adult development are emphasized as well as practical applications in the therapy setting.

ORG 5270 Mental Health & Psychopathology in the Workplace  
This course acquaints the student with both normal and abnormal behavior evident in the workplace. The focus of the course is creating a healthy culture in the workplace, maintaining a healthy work/life balance, and managing stress. In addition, students learn the common mental disorders and personality disorders manifested in an organizational setting and how to exercise leadership to bring about positive change.

ORG 6530 Theories & Techniques of Counseling & Psychotherapy  
This course is an overview of the psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioral, and existential/humanistic schools of psychology, as well as corresponding models of counseling and frequently used assessment and therapeutic techniques. The primary focus in the course is on the development of both skills and rationale in the application of intervention strategies to treatment and case management.

ORG 6499 Cultural Diversity & Individual Differences  
This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

ORG 6405 Applied Research Methods
This course involves the study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. Students will be introduced to social scientific inquiry and the research design process, as well as some of the most common quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Through the process of critiquing research articles, students will learn how to determine the appropriate use of research design, recognize errors and biases in conducting research, and communicate the methods and results of
particular studies.

ORG 5400 Statistics & Research Design  
This course emphasizes statistical concepts related to methods most appropriate to data and theories in psychology. The focus is on a quantitative approach to the concepts and methods of statistical inference. Topics include sampling, frequency distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and probability. Statistical analyses covered include correlation, regression, t-tests, nonparametric tests, and Analysis of Variance. Basic research design issues are addressed, with a focus on selecting data analysis techniques to appropriately address research questions and apply the concepts covered to various psychological problems and real life situations. Emphasis is on developing skills in interpreting statistical results presented in research articles.

ORG 6520 Professional Ethics, Standards of Practice & Law*
This course is a study of the ethical and legal issues confronting the practicing psychologist. Topics related to clinical methodology, standards of practice, and inter-professional relations are explored. Students learn principles of ethical decision making, standards for human and animal use in research, and standards of care specified by state and federal laws. Emphasis is placed on exploration of the emotional impact that major ethical and legal dilemmas have on decision making. Students also master the current code of ethics of the American Psychological Association and other professional codes of ethics, such as the code of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy or the code of the American Counseling Association. 

ORG 6508 Adult Learning Theory  
Human learning theory and systems are the focus of this course, with an emphasis on adult learning. The course explores historical and theoretical views of human learning throughout the lifecycle. Topics include established principles of instruction and learning methods, experiential and didactic methodologies, classroom and distributed learning, the role of technology, and learning as a strategic tool for organizations.

ORG 6503 Organizational Theories & Systems  
This course explores the theories of human organizations and how they function and the factors which influence the structure, design, operation, and performance of individuals in complex organizations. The emphasis is on integrating theory and concepts from the behavioral and social sciences as a basis for understanding human behavior within organizations.

ORG 6510 Introduction to Human Performance Technology  
This course is an exploration of the factors that impact performance of individuals in organizations with an emphasis on front-end analysis and job evaluation to determine the causes and solutions to gaps in performance. The course includes the study of performance gaps, their common classes of causes (organizational structure, skill/knowledge, environment/culture, tools and systems) and solutions appropriate to specific performance gaps. Students learn the basics of conducting job studies and performance gap analysis, as well as recommending solutions to organizational leaders in business terms.

ORG 6512 Training & Development  
This course examines the role of training and development initiatives as tools for change at the individual, team, and organizational levels. Students will also explore training and development systems designed to have an ongoing impact on organizational performance. The course explores the variety of methodologies, techniques, settings, and approaches to training and development including curriculum design and various training delivery modalities. The practical issues related to designing training and development initiatives that target specific organizational strategies will be discussed, based on established principles of adult learning. Topics include aligning training and development initiatives to business strategy, facilitating training programs, and evaluating the impact those programs have on individual, team, and organizational performance.

ORG 6506 Leading Organizational Change  
This course focuses on the principles and techniques associated with leading organizations through the change process. Included is a discussion of why organizations need to change in the current business and organizational environment. In addition, a process model of how best to bring about change serves as the core schema for the class sessions. To complement the "macro" or organizational approach to creating change, we also examine a "micro" viewpoint, addressing how to encourage individuals to change. Along these lines, we spend some time exploring the parallels between the organizational change process and how this discipline might inform how we change ourselves, and perhaps individuals. Finally, we draw some connections between the function of change and the role of leadership.

ORG 6513 Leading & Evaluating Learning Programs  
This course explores the variety of methodologies, settings, and approaches to adult learning including curriculum design. The course explores practical issues related to designing learning programs that target specific organizational strategies, based on established principles of adult learning. Topics include aligning adult learning programs and curricula to business tactics, leading adult learning programs, and the evaluation of the impact those programs have on individual learners and organizational performance.

Comprehensive Exam

Total Credits 39

* This course may not be transferred in.

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