Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership


The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership prepares graduates to understand the philosophical, theoretical, and practical nature of a variety of social organizations with a view toward entry level employment as leaders who can organize, develop, plan, lead, and assess a range of professional tasks necessary for success in broadly diverse organization contexts. The philosophy underlying this program is derived from adult learning theory: that adults are uniquely motivated internally as they move through a range of life stages and phases, and that their life experiences are unique resources to develop personal agency, critical thinking ability, and reflective practice suitable for leadership in a wide range of professional and vocational situations. The program seeks to harness the unique contributions of the university's Liberal Arts core--and its long history of association with adult education--and a minor in Ethics, drawn from the departments of Philosophy and Religion, to foster the development of leaders for a diverse organizational context.

Prerequisites

With adult learners, there are adult learning competencies that allow these learners to build the meaningful connections needed in their learning with a less prescriptive path. While most all of the 300-level courses have a specific prerequisite course and most of the 400-level courses have a specific prerequisite course, the program is uniquely designed to account for and allow for adult learners, at any level, to join the program and successfully progress through. Students have the opportunity to transfer in prior college or prior learning credit that may be applicable. It is also the expectation of the program that 100 and 200-level courses be taken in years one and two, 300-level courses would begin to be taken in year two and three and 400-level courses could begin to be taken in year three and in year four. This could be adjusted upon the approval of the faculty advisor. This program also requires a program level prerequisite course. The program prerequisite is EDAE 102 Study Skills for Adult Learners. EDAE 101 Introduction to Leadership for Adult Learners may be taken simultaneously as a co-requisite or after EDAE 102.

Course/Student Information

The courses in the Organizational Leadership program for the College of Online and Adult Studies (COAS) are specific to non-traditional, undergraduate students that are currently in the workforce and looking to take the next step in their careers.

Textbook

COAS Department of Adult Education has elected to utilize a consistent textbook across each of the sections for each of the new courses in the programs. This is one way in which COAS has chosen to ensure consistency in all courses regardless of modalities or other unforeseen factors that could arise.

Teaching Modality Information

The courses in the Organizational Leadership program for the College of Online and Adult Studies (COAS) are intended to be taught entirely online in an asynchronous environment over seven weeks. The content is delivered in an accelerated format where students only have access to one week at a time, but each week then will remain open. The student is responsible for the weekly content and must ensure that assignments are submitted by the posted due dates. Regular and substantive interaction between students and instructor, students and content, students and other students (where applicable) and students and self will be carefully considered and developed into the course design for each course. If the degree programs are offered in the Correctional Educational Program, the course would be adjusted to be offered in the 12-week format and designed for the delivery platforms aligning with Correctional Educational Programming. This course is delivered asynchronously online through Blackboard (or other platforms as necessary). To successfully complete this course learners will be required to have:

  1. A personal computer that adheres to the minimum requirements outlined by the Student Learning Management System (LMS)

  2. An appropriate browser for the platform/LMS being used. (Google Chrome, works the best with Blackboard.)

  3. A webcam to record video (unless otherwise prohibited)

  4. A microphone to record audio (unless otherwise prohibited).

Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership

Course Number and Title

Hrs.

Prerequisites

Program Prerequisite

 

 

EDAE 102 Study Skills for Adult Learners

3

Concurrent with EDAE 101

EDAE 101 Introduction to Leadership for the Adult Learner

3

Concurrent with EDAE 102

EDAE 203 Critical Thinking in Social Sciences

3

None

EDAE 406 Systems Theory and Human Capability

3

Jr. or Sr. Status

EDAE 412 Organization Development and Change

3

EDAE 101

EDAE 415 Research Methods in Adult Education and Professional Studies

3

MATH 108

EDAE 418 Ethical Leadership in Workplace Training

3

EDAE 101

EDAE 430 Capstone in Organizational Leadership

3

Sr. Status with minimum of 42 hours program requirements completed

COM 101 Human Communication

3

None

COM 206 Small Group Communication

3

COM 101

COM 305 Organizational Communication

3

COM 101

COM 333 Leadership Communication

3

COM 101

COM 343 Conflict, Mediation, and Negotiation

3

COM 101

MATH 108 Elementary Statistics

3

MATH 100 or ACT 18 or SAT 480

MIS 221 Information Technology

3

None

SOC 150 Introduction to Social Justice

3

None

SOC 301 Race, Ethnic and Minority Issues

3

None

PHIL 220 Practical Thinking

3

None

 

54 hrs.

 

 Plus Institutional Baccalaureate Degree Requirements

Courses and Descriptions

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