Doctor of Education in the Field of Human and Organizational Learning

The doctor of education (EdD) in human and organizational learning program is designed to provide professionals with a foundation in relevant theories, concepts, and practices focusing on the interrelationships among people, organizations, and learning while leading systemic change processes. The EdD prepares learners to challenge assumptions through critical reflection, as well as to foster group and self-directed learning. Theory, research, and practice are balanced throughout the curriculum.

Typically, students earning this degree are working professionals in mid-or senior-level positions. They include directors, managers, consultants, and self-employed business owners from leading organizations of varying size and type, such as private firms, non-profit organizations, the military, and government agencies. In the past 45 years the program’s alumni have served in senior leadership positions around the world. Students bring a variety of educational backgrounds with degrees in fields such as business, education, health and medical sciences, engineering, and technology. Students are encouraged to form learning communities to provide collective support, promote action learning, and model a learning culture.

The program is offered in two distinct formats, each at a different GW campus.

Foggy Bottom Campus-Based Program

The Foggy Bottom campus program is tailored toward students seeking part-time or full-time study. Classes are delivered on weekday evenings at GW’s main campus. In addition to completing the required course work with their peers, students work with their academic advisor to create an individually designed program around their areas of specific interest.

Virginia Science and Technology Campus-Based Program: Executive Leadership

The Virginia Science and Technology campus program is for students seeking a cohort-based executive-style program. In addition to a one-week residency in the first semester, students participate in classes one weekend per month at GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn VA.

Visit the program website for additional information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

Requirements for the Doctor of Education program.

60 credits in coursework, a dissertation, and successful completion of a comprehensive examination.

The doctor of education (EdD) in the field of human and organizational learning program is available in two formats, the Main Campus program and the Executive Leadership program, as outlined below:

Main Campus Program

Required
HOL 8700Foundations of Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8701Theory, Research, and Practice in Adult Learning and Development
HOL 8703Human Systems Change
HOL 8704Leadership Theory, Research, and Practice
HOL 8724Creating and Planning Doctoral Research
Research methods
EDUC 8120Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
HOL 8720Seminar: Applied Research in Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8722Seminar: Advanced Issues in Human and Organizational Learning (taken for 3 credits)
3 credits from the following:
EDUC 8100Experimental Courses
EDUC 8130Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140Ethnographic Research Methods
EDUC 8142Phenomenological Research Methods
EDUC 8144Discourse Analysis
EDUC 8170Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171Predictive Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8172Multivariate Analysis
EDUC 8173Structural Equation Modeling
EDUC 8174Hierarchical Linear Modeling
EDUC 8175Item Response Theory
EDUC 8177Assessment Engineering
Dissertation
HOL 8998Predissertation Seminar (taken for 3 credits)
HOL 8999Dissertation Research (taken for a minimum of 12 credits)
An approved dissertation proposal required.
Electives
15 credits in elective courses selected in consultation with advisor.
Comprehensive examination
Successful completion of comprehensive examination is required.

Executive Leadership Program

Required
HOL 8100Special Topics in Human and Organizational Learning - Doctoral Studies (taken for 3 credits)
HOL 8700Foundations of Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8701Theory, Research, and Practice in Adult Learning and Development
HOL 8702Theory and Design of Organizational Diagnosis and Development
HOL 8703Human Systems Change
HOL 8704Leadership Theory, Research, and Practice
HOL 8705Organizational Culture
HOL 8720Seminar: Applied Research in Human and Organizational Learning
HOL 8721Practicum in Human and Organizational Learning (taken for 6 credits)
HOL 8722Seminar: Advanced Issues in Human and Organizational Learning (taken for 3 credits)
HOL 8724Creating and Planning Doctoral Research
Research methods
EDUC 8120Group Comparison Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8122Qualitative Research Methods
3 credits from the following:
EDUC 8100Experimental Courses
EDUC 8130Survey Research Methods
EDUC 8131Case Study Research Methods
EDUC 8140Ethnographic Research Methods
EDUC 8142Phenomenological Research Methods
EDUC 8144Discourse Analysis
EDUC 8170Educational Measurement
EDUC 8171Predictive Designs and Analyses
EDUC 8172Multivariate Analysis
EDUC 8173Structural Equation Modeling
EDUC 8174Hierarchical Linear Modeling
EDUC 8175Item Response Theory
EDUC 8177Assessment Engineering
Dissertation
HOL 8998Predissertation Seminar (taken for 3 credits)
HOL 8999Dissertation Research (taken for a minimum of 12 credits)
An approved dissertation proposal is required.
Comprehensive examination
Successful completion of a comprehensive examination is required.