Organizational Development is a bachelor's degree program by the School of Technology in the Lumpkin College of Business and Technology. The Organizational Development program offers degree completion opportunities online, and in Charleston, Champaign, and Danville.
The Organizational Development coursework advances understanding of the human aspects of organizations (people, processes, and practices) and develops your skills to meet the challenges of the workplace in ways that both strengthen your contribution to the organization's ongoing development and better manage your own professional development. The program is designed to complement the skills you already have by providing a broader conceptual and theoretical framework for understanding organizations, individual professional development and the interaction between the two.
Our program is focused on developing competencies that will prepare you to advance in today’s organizations. We recognize the value of prior learning by accepting transfer credits form other institutions, credit for military training, and a path to earning credit for work experience and training. You will focus on the human aspects of organizations through contextual-based learning that encourages you to apply your work and life experiences as you develop new skills.
A B.S. in Organizational development will prepare you for careers in employee training, human resources, instructional design, quality improvement, supervision, and management in a variety of settings including both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Our experienced faculty, flexible course offerings and online course delivery make it possible to balance the needs of school, work, and home.
More information is available on our website at www.eiu.edu/opd/. Or contact us and we will be happy to schedule a time to discuss your individual goals and situation. If you have 30 semester hours of college credit and are ready to apply, just visit www.eiu.edu to complete the application process.
Completion time: A total of 120 hours required by the university, Experiential learning with portfolio may count up 1 to 30 hours toward the degree completion.
Internships are an experiential learning activity designed to help students apply academically learned concepts, theories, principles, and skills while working in an industrial or business environment. Students will have the opportunity to increase their marketability as well as their technical knowledge and managerial and interpersonal skills in their area of concentration by participating in the day-to-day operation of a specific industry or business. Students must link the internship directly to their program of study.
The work description and specific activities of the internship will be made jointly by the internship coordinator at the School of Technology, the supervisor at the cooperating business or industry, and the student. The internship program is a directed, quality experience designed uniquely for each business/industry partner as well as each student intern.
A mandatory final evaluation from the business/industry supervisor, and weekly journal of activities are requirements of the internship and must be completed before credit can be earned. The internship can carry up to six semester hours of credit for students (most internships earn three hours of credit), depending on academic loads and the approved degree program. A minimum of 40 clock hours are required for one semester hour of credit.
The Organizational Development program is designed to meet the needs of students with diverse academic and occupational experience. We will accept trasnfer credits from any accredited institution.
Students can also earn credits for prior learning two ways. First is through training experiences that have been previously evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) (e.g. Military Training). Transcripts for these experiences should be sent to the Organizational Development Program Coordinator. You may also need to have an original copy sent directly to the Registrar.
Students may also earn credit through the development of an occupational portfolio.
There are several steps to the portfolio process. Here is a brief glimpse: