Leadership Studies in Education and Organizations (LDR) offers a combined degree program leading to an Organizational Leadership Bachelor of Science (BS) and a Master of Education (MEd) Instructional Design & Learning Technologies (IDL) degree. The undergraduate BS is designed for students that want a broad academic background to prepare them for supervisory and management careers. The Organizational Leadership undergraduate degree combines courses in communication and administrative skills with the study of leadership theory and practice. Students will also learn problem-solving techniques and complete a leadership skills project. This integrated major prepare today’s and tomorrow’s leaders for challenges across all career fields. The graduate (MEd) will prepare students for careers as instructional designers, educational technologists, or course designers. The program allows nine credit hours of “overlap” courses, where credit is given at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, facilitating both BS and MEd.
Only exceptionally well-prepared students are admitted to the program. At the end of their junior year, students that wish to pursue a combined Organizational Leadership Bachelor of Science (BS) and a Master of Education (MEd) Instructional Design & Learning Technologies (IDL) degree should complete an application that includes the signature of the undergraduate academic advisor and the M.Ed. IDL program director. Students should then submit an application to the Wright State graduate school for the combined degree program. Students admitted to a combined degree program will be admitted as provisional graduate students to the Graduate School, pending completion of the requirements for their bachelor’s degree. Students admitted into an approved combined degree program do not have to formally apply to the master’s program in question. If students have studies in progress at the time they apply to a combined degree program, any approval of the application is provisional and may be revoked if the student fails to meet all required standards at the end of the term. Students enrolled in this combined program must follow the guidelines of the Wright State policy 5330.1 Combined Degree Programs. To finish with the graduate degree, students need to meet the Wright State Graduate School policies and proceedures.
In addition to filling out the Wright State graduate application, students must include all academic transcripts. Students will also include a short entrance essay (under 1,000 words) explaining why they wish to become an instructional designer or take the IDL courses and examples describing their educational, multimedia, or other technology experiences. Qualified applicants must have senior standing for the semester they start the combined degree program. In addition, students must have the following:
- 3.2 cumulative grade point average in all undergraduate work, including undergraduate credits earned at other institutions and transferred to Wright State.
- Undergraduate program director’s approval for admission to the combined degree program and mandatory graduate advising during each semester the student is taking graduate credit toward the bachelor’s degree.
- Approval of the graduate program director.
- Approval of the LDR department chair.
Program Learning Outcomes:
The Organizational Leadership conceptual framework is developmental in nature. The core of the framework consists of examining the leader as an individual and progresses to looking at the leader in communication with others, in relationship to the organization, and ultimately, the community. The conceptual framework consists of eight foundations (program-level outcomes): competence, credibility, communication, connections, culture, change, coaching, and civic engagement.
Organizational Leadership students will be able to:
- Articulate their personal strengths competencies and preferences after completing associated self-assessments. (competence)
- Apply the principles of ethics, integrity, accountability, initiative, and follow-through necessary for establishing credibility as a leader. (credibility)
- Demonstrate competence in numerous forms of communication: one-on-one, in a team environment, verbally, nonverbally, in writing, through listening, in a large group presentation, and virtually, using technology. (communication)
- Demonstrate the leadership behaviors necessary to motivate individuals and collaborate in teams to achieve organizational goals. (connections)
- Describe the components necessary for developing an organization’s mission, vision, values, and goals within various organizational systems and structures. (culture)
- Examine how power, politics, and toxic leadership can affect organizational dynamics. (culture)
- Apply the principles of creativity, innovation, appreciative inquiry, adaptability, and resilience in leading organizational change initiatives. (change)
- Articulate the competencies associated with talent development in organizations. (coaching)
- Demonstrate the value of civic engagement through service or internship opportunities. (civic engagement)
Graduates of the master’s degree (MEd) program will be able to:
- Use educational technologies such as a learning management system, web conferencing, video editors, and image editors.
- Implement educational technologies and processes using effective pedagogies, frameworks, and learning theories.
- Facilitate learning by creating, using, evaluating, and managing effective learning environments.
- Design, develop, implement, and evaluate a technology-rich learning environment within a community of practice.
- Explore, evaluate, synthesize, and apply methods of inquiry to enhance learning and improve learning performance.
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Instructional Design & Learning Technologies
Sheri Stover, Ph.D.
Program Director and Professor
I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours
Element 1 - Communication: 6 Hours
Element 2 - Mathematics: 3 Hours
Element 3 - Global Traditions: 6 Hours
Element 4 - Arts / Humanities: 3 Hours
Element 5 - Social Sciences: 6 Hours
Element 6 - Natural Science : 8 hours
Additional Core Courses: 6 Hours
II. Organizational Leadership Major: 30 Hours
Choose one: 3 Hours
Choose from any 1000-level or 2000-level COM course.
III. Electives: 43 Hours
- 9 hours minimum (3 courses) with the same departmental prefix Credit Hour(s): 9
- 9 hours minimum (3 courses) with 2000-level or above Credit Hour(s): 9
- Open electives Credit Hour(s): 25
Students are encouraged to complete a minor in a field of their choice
IV. IDL Double-Counted Graduate Classes (9 Hours)
V. IDL Graduate Only Courses (21 Hours)
Pick one course (3 Hours)