Global Training and Development

Education Specialist Degree

Through a combination of theory, research and practical application, the Global Training and Development specialization will prepare you to become a leader in the field of training and performance improvement. You will critically analyze training needs and strategize how performance improvement and training materials should be designed. You will also examine theoretical and practical information in adult education and human resources, and research and review strategies for future effectiveness. As a graduate, you will have developed advanced systemic leadership and organizational capacity needed to pursue leadership positions in this field. This specialization also prepares you for doctoral learning in Global Training and Development should you desire to advance beyond the specialist level.

General Degree Requirements

The EdS Program may be completed in 33 credits. An Academic Advisor or Enrollment Specialist evaluates each student individually and works with the student to create an academically sound Learning Plan based on prior academics and their professional goals.

Completion Period for Doctoral Degrees

Northcentral University allows 5 years to complete the EdS degree.

Certification and Licensing

The School of Education serves educational leaders by providing online graduate studies in education to reach worldwide populations. The EdS program is designed to reach national and international markets and does not purport to provide licensure or certification in any particular state or country.

Education Specialist (EdS) Degree Requirements

Individuals with a previously completed master’s degree will meet the basis of admission to the Education Specialist Program. The programs includes foundations, scholarly writing and specialization courses, as well as a final capstone. Students must pass all courses with a Grade Point Average of 3.00 (B) or higher.

Course Length

All courses are 8 weeks in length.

The EdS in Education requires two Foundations courses, two Research courses, six Specialization courses, and one Capstone course for a total of 33 credit hours.

Course Code


Course Description

Specialization Course 1


Research Methods

This course provides an introductory exploration of statistics for the graduate student. It includes instruction on the calculation, use, and interpretation of descriptive statistics, and introduces inferential statistical analysis. The emphasis of this course is on providing a working knowledge of basic statistical concepts to help the student understand statistical methodology as used in education, and also more generally, developing a working knowledge of statistical usage in everyday life.

Specialization Course 2

Specialization Course 3

Specialization Course 4


Action Research

This course is designed to prepare students who desire to use action research methods and as an opportunity for students to prepare to conduct research on topics/projects of interest to education scholars. The primary goal of action research is to solve a problem that will lead to improvement in individual or organizational practice. In addition to developing an action research proposal, students will gain knowledge about the theoretical, philosophical, epistemological, and political considerations surrounding action research, specifically in educational environments. Students will gain an understanding of the cyclical nature of action research. Student researchers in this course will be prepared to understand the unique role of the researcher in action research, the importance of stakeholders, to define appropriate action research questions, and to evaluate action research studies critically.

Specialization Course 5

Specialization Course 6

Required Foundation Courses - 6 credit hours

Course Code


Course Description


Foundations for Graduate Study in Education (This course will be taken as the first course)

This course is an orientation to Northcentral University and to the essential skills needed to pursue a doctoral degree in Education. Doctoral level skills, such as academic integrity, time management, effective use of the Northcentral Library, comprehending complex scholarly texts and research articles, and APA form and style in professional communication are also introduced. Students will complete the course with a better understanding of personal goals, strengths, and challenges, and a roadmap to navigate their way to completion of their educational aspirations.


Advanced Scholarly Writing

The purpose of this course is to build advanced skills identifying and obtaining high quality sources through online library searches. In addition, the course addresses advanced writing and APA formatting skills, and it prepares students to be critically reflective consumers of research reports.

Specialization Courses - 18 credit hours, Select 6 courses from the following:

Course Code


Course Description

GTD7000 / GTD7000-8

Human Performance: Paradigms and Possibilities

In this doctoral level course, students will assess issues and trends that impact employee performance in multi-national and global organizations. Students will evaluate models and theories that lead to successful training initiatives and improve the overall performance of employees and organizations.

GTD7005 / GTD7005-8

Strategic Links for Successful Global Training

In this Doctoral level course, students will assess the intersection of organizational strategy and global training and development. Students will explore best practices in strategic training, methods used to align training activities with business goals, and design a complete strategic training plan.

GTD7007 / GTD7007-8

The Role of Technology in the Global Training Marketplace

This doctoral level course is designed to provide a frame-work for analysis, implementation, and evaluation of technology based training solutions. Students will explore the varying models and tools used in computer and web-based interventions as well as investigate the challenges of integrating these technological tools into the global training marketplace. Special emphasis will be paid to the role of evaluation throughout the decision to use and implement technology based solutions in global training and development.

GTD7011 / GTD7011-8

Best Practices for Training and Presenting to International Audiences

International audiences present experienced trainers with unique challenges. Understanding the best practices in training and presenting to international audiences is key in the success of global training. In this doctoral course, students will evaluate the impact of global performance culture, best practices in training design and engagement, and cross cultural training.

GTD7013 / GTD7013-8

Evaluating Training Programs

In this doctoral course students will analyze methods and models used to evaluate training initiatives. Students will assess the critical components of successful training by exploring professional training programs and methods of evaluation. This course is designed provide a framework for evaluating the concepts, principles, theories, and techniques of training evaluation. In this course, students will identify and clarify the training needs of organizations; consider approaches to training evaluation; design a complete evaluation plan.

GTD7019 / GTD7019-8

Trainer as Consultant in the Global Marketplace

In this course, doctoral students will analyze ways to create value, improve productivity, and deliver change in global and multi-national organizations. This course is designed to focus on the process of consultation, and the various approaches to assisting global organizations as an outside professional. Models of consulting are presented for consideration and topics including management, ethics, tools, and techniques are addressed. The doctoral student will assess methods to contract with an organization, provide effective diagnosis and feedback, design interventions, and continue to synthesize relevant literature.

OL7002 / OL7002-8

Building Organizational Capacity

There are numerous definitions for the phrase "capacity building" within educational and leadership literature. For the purpose of this Doctoral level course, the term "building organizational capacity" will be used to describe a parallel universe, where both the students’ capacity and the organization's capacity must be developed to achieve organizational goals. Students will analyze their own organization to assess internal and external capacity, reviewing all tangible and intangible portions of the organization to understand their individual and collective impact on achieving maximum effectiveness and productivity. Simultaneously, students will also critically evaluate their own role within the organization as it relates to building capacity.

OL7001 / OL7001-8

Conflict Resolution and Mediation

Leaders must become adept at interpreting conflict and identifying options that result in a favorable outcome for all stakeholders. Constructive responses and mediation skills developed through a focused effort to understand communication patterns, interpersonal relationships, and communication skills can produce successful conflict resolution. Theory, self-reflection and enhancement of conflict skills, cultural understanding, structure, and practice of collaborative and mediated negotiations are emphasized.

ED7017 / ED7017-8

Systems Dynamics

In Systems Dynamics, doctoral students will explore the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to manage public service organizations strategically. Using a systems theory perspective, students will examine organizational structures and processes for organizational change. In this course, students will be prepared to be current and future managers of public educational organizations in leadership roles.

OL7003 / OL7003-8

Leadership for Excellence

In this course students will deepen their philosophy of leadership which serves as the foundation for applying the knowledge and skill sets acquired through their specialization and degree program. The development and implementation of leadership concepts, applications, and frameworks to drive leadership performance for excellence are highlighted. The continued and increasingly successful application of the knowledge, tools, skill sets, and perspectives that have been learned will also be emphasized.

ED7030 / ED7030-8

Development of Organizational Leadership

In this course, doctoral students will explore classic and contemporary approaches to organizational development. Students will explore preferred communication styles, cultivate relationships, develop strategies, and evaluate optimal strategies for organizational growth. Finally, students will be introduced to the doctrines of organizational development, theory, and techniques.

Capstone Course - 3 credit hours

Course Code


Course Description


Education Specialist Capstone Project

ED7053 is the culmination of the EdS program. In this course students will have the opportunity to demonstrate the synthesis of knowledge in the Education Specialist program through the design of a real-world problem solving project. The project should be based on research and/ or fieldwork and must demonstrate an approach to addressing the problem through application of theory. Additionally, within this course students will complete a reflective self-assessment of their learning throughout the program.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about the EdS costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $849
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $2,547
  • Program cost: $28,017
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

Click here to learn more about payment and financing options.

*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors. For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our students, it’s that they are motivated and ambitious—but they are also busy! At Northcentral University, we’ve designed our education experience to work with you, not against you, so you can achieve your academic goals without sacrificing the quality, flexibility and support you need to be successful.

To learn more, request information or call 1-866-776-0331 to speak with an enrollment advisor today. We offer new courses every Monday of the year so you can get started when it’s best for you.