Global Training and Development
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.
All courses are 8 weeks in length.
Educational Research Methodology
The purpose of this course is to enable students to gain a holistic understanding of the research process and examine the most common research designs used in educational research. In this course, students are prepared to make thoughtful and wise choices about their dissertation research project or capstone project through the exploration of different research design options.
Specialization Course 1
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
Specialization Course 5
Specialization Course 6
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.
GTD7000 / GTD7000-8
Human Performance: Paradigms and Possibilities
In a time when the global job marketplace is more volatile than ever, recruiting and retaining quality workers and providing a spirited and productive workplace has never been of greater importance. In this course, students examine major issues that impact human performance. Various paradigms are highlighted to demonstrate effective and efficient training models with an eye toward liberating human performance potential. Note: First course for students pursuing a specialization in Global Training and Development.
GTD7005 / GTD7005-8
Strategic Links for Successful Global Training
This course provides insights into the intersection of corporations and global training and development. Students will explore best practices to uncover links that can be made to increase the value of global training and development in light of leader expectations. In this course, students will be exposed to diversified training approaches, differentiated and accelerated learning concepts and theories, and classroom and web strategies for meeting the needs of trainees. Doctoral students will also explore case studies of companies leading the global workforce. Students will be required to consider unique training and development practices in global contexts and to consider value-added approaches to building an informed workforce.
GTD7007 / GTD7007-8
The Role of Technology in the Global Training Marketplace
In this course, doctoral students will explore the impact of rapidly changing technology and the challenges of integrating these technological tools into the global training marketplace. The traditional concepts of global training have become outmoded with new innovations. The real and immediate impact of technological change is ever present, and must be continually managed for effective training to ensue. Technology is a key factor in almost any conceivable training program on the market. Technology represents the processes, skills, and tools that allow globally savvy trainers to move data and information through an organization. As global entities expand, trainers with skills in technology-driven training will be in increasing demand. This course will prepare students to identify strategic reasons to implement web-based training, provide tools for best-practices evaluation, and synthesize diverse elements of technology-driven training.
GTD7011 / GTD7011-8
Best Practices for Training and Presenting to International Audiences
Understanding the best practices for training and presenting to international audiences is a key feature of success for those engaged in global training. In this course, doctoral students will develop an understanding of the basic theories, skills, and applications related to international training and presentation. The course focuses on the consistent, logical process, which can be employed to create culturally appropriate professional development offerings. The course also covers topics that are essential to global trainers including evaluating the role of the global manager; assessing skills required by global managers; analyzing culture in diverse contexts, and applying heuristic decision-making processes.
GTD7013 / GTD7013-8
Evaluating Training Programs
In today's global training environment of frugal budgets and increasing accountability, stakeholders want to know the bottom line outcomes of training initiatives for the organization. How did a training program enhance organization's performance and impact the workforce? This course provides doctoral students the opportunity to investigate the critical components of successful training by exploring professional training programs and methods of evaluation. This course is designed to facilitate knowledge of fundamental concepts, principles, theories, and techniques of training evaluation. The underlying value of such knowledge for global trainers is the ability to understand how and why particular training programs are effective or ineffective. In this course, the student will identify and clarify the training needs of organizations; select appropriate training approaches; and evaluate training outcomes.
GTD7019 / GTD7019-8
Trainer as Consultant in the Global Marketplace
Consultants serve myriad roles in national and trans-national organizations. In this course, doctoral students will develop an understanding of ways to create value, improve productivity, and deliver change in these global organizations. Consulting work allows an individual to condense skills developed throughout a lifetime of professional experience and practice. This course focuses 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 gain professional skills to assist global partners in times of organizational and personal need.
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
Dealing with conflict is an inevitable part of any leader's role in any type of organization. Timely and relevant, this course examines conflict management processes and skills with emphasis on interaction patterns, interpersonal relationships, and communication skills. Students will examine the nature of conflict - its origins, sources, and types - as well as the concepts and skills of proactive intervention, conflict resolution and utilizing various conflict resolution strategies in organizational settings. Issues dealing with diversity and ethical issues in multiple contexts, fostering creativity in problem solving and process design, and strategy and skills for successful mediation will be examined. Theory, structure, and practice of collaborative negotiation and mediated negotiations and application of the skills used to prevent and resolve conflict are emphasized.
ED7017 / ED7017-8
System dynamics aims to prepare current and future managers of public educational organizations for leadership roles by focusing on the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to manage public service organizations strategically.
OL7003 / OL7003-8
Leadership for Excellence
This Doctoral level course will benefit students who understand that striving for leadership excellence is a life journey. It is predicated upon studying, practicing, and developing leadership skills and competencies. This process involves an intensive examination of personal and organizational leadership abilities and capacities. 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 define authentic leadership and effectiveness; and will explore what it means to work mindfully while applying principles of authenticity, integrity, and purposefulness. Doctoral students will explore preferred communication styles, cultivate relationship, develop strategies, and identify optimal strategies for organization growth and maturity. Students will be introduced to the doctrines of organization development, theory, and techniques. Attention will be given to organizational development in today's fast paced environments.
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. We have adopted an all-inclusive tuition model that gives you the cost of your Education Specialist (EdS) tuition and fees in one flat program rate*. The only additional cost above your EdS program rate is books. Learn more about the EdS costs below:
- Per credit cost: $820
- Per 3 credit course cost: $2,461
- Program cost: $27,071
- Average book cost per course: $150
- Application Fee: $0
- Technology Fee: $0
- Registration Fee: $0
*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.
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