Today’s businesses and organizations are changing at an accelerated pace. As a result, they need professionals who can seamlessly adapt to shifting environments. The University of Georgia’s Learning, Leadership, and Organizational Development (LLOD) program is meeting this demand by providing professionals the skills necessary to become leaders within their organizations, preparing them for this changing landscape.
Taking into account these dynamics, the College of Education acted on their commitment to teaching students today’s most relevant and desirable skills for their future pursuits. The Adult Education program has been revitalized and aptly named the online M.Ed. in Learning, Leadership, and Organizational Development. This new program combines critical human resource skills from the former M.Ed. in Human Resources and Organizational Development program with updated curriculum from the Adult Education degree. LLOD graduates become leaders, adept at preparing other professionals to maximize their own potential across multiple disciplines within an organization.
“Our new name reflects both a merger and a reinvention of our adult education and human resource and organizational development programs. We have long recognized the synergies between the two programs,” says Dr. Karen Watkins, program chair. “This reinvention is our acknowledgement of both the marriage of the two very strong traditions and a vision of the emerging future of these fields into a leadership role in lifelong learning and change.”
Students will gain a depth of knowledge in specific disciplines, while also practicing broad skills such as interpersonal communication, teamwork, and critical thinking. The program’s goal is to provide students with a framework that bridges the gap between research and practice.
“Our program prepares scholars and practitioners to lead learning entities in post-K-12 settings and to understand and lead change in human systems,” says Watkins.
Students are prepared to be leaders of continuous learning and organizational change and development through mastery of multiple areas, including:
- Adult learning
- Change management
- Group problem solving
- Talent management
- Team development
- Customized training
The application deadline for the LLOD program is June 1. Find more information on the LLOD program webpage.