Administrative and Organizational Studies

Office: 341 Education Building; 313-577-1728
Interim Assistant Dean: William Hill

The Division of Administrative and Organizational Studies has as its primary goal the development and enhancement of leadership and organizational learning. It is within the scope of this division to study emergent trends, technologies and educational innovations; to develop rationales for supporting educational change; to present viable programs of study for advanced students in education which will enable them to function skillfully as educational leaders in facilitating change, and in developing and conducting on-going programs; and to design and implement learning innovations, and the impact of instructional methodologies on the improvement of human and organizational performance. The program areas — Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Learning Design and Technology — are under the guidance of this Division.

Educational Evaluation and Research Programs

Evaluation and Research offers concentrated programs for building careers and leadership positions in educational evaluation and statistics; computer applications; and research methodology.

Students who have already successfully achieved background, training, and experience in substantive disciplines of education and in non-education fields and who are interested in becoming more proficient in scientific inquiry, research strategies, evaluation and appraisal of studies, models and designs, and multivariate analysis, especially in conjunction with computer facilities, are afforded such opportunities in these programs. For optimum effective preparation, internships in research will be arranged upon request. The staff is available to students and faculty for consultation in research design and multivariate analysis.

Cooperative educational programs leading to training skills in Educational Evaluation and Research in Medical Education are also available. This specialized training is available in cooperation with selected faculty from the School of Medicine. Persons from the health sciences seeking educational research skills and persons from education backgrounds seeking health science education skills are brought together for their mutual growth

Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Programs

In this area the College offers the Master of Education in Educational Leadership, and doctoral degrees with a major in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, as well as an Educational Specialist Certificate program in Administration and Supervision. The master’s degree is a basic, entry-level program in this discipline designed to assist educators in improving their competence in leadership roles in schools and the community. The master’s program in Educational Leadership is approved by the Michigan Department of Education and leads to Elementary and Secondary Administrator K-12.

Individuals aspiring to positions such as building administrators, central office administrators, special education directors, higher education administrators, or other educational policy making positions in business, industry or government should undertake study at the specialist and doctoral levels in educational leadership and policy studies. At the specialist level individuals may seek an emphasis in elementary administration, secondary administration, special education administration, or the superintendency. The College offers certification programs in all areas of administration approved by the Michigan State Board of Education. In the doctoral programs individuals may emphasize educational foundations, general educational administration, or special education administration.

The doctoral program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is approved by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA).

Learning Design and Technology Specialties

Each degree and certificate  program in Learning Design and Technology is designed to prepare persons for positions in a variety of organizations and sectors including healthcare, business, education, government, military, and human services agencies.  The newest technologies are incorporated into these programs, enabling the graduate to function in the ever-changing roles of this profession including:

  • learning designer
  • learning & development specialist
  • talent development
  • instructional designer, developer, or researcher
  • advanced technology and e-learning specialist
  • media or learning resources consultant or manager
  • professor, teacher or curriculum specialist
  • faculty developer
  • technology coordinator and performance technologist
  • trainer
  • training manager
  • consultant

Students can achieve advanced skills in specialty areas such as:

  1. Instructional design and evaluation;

  2. Performance improvement, training and organizational development;

  3. Interactive technologies design and development;

  4. e-learning and distance education;

  5. Technology integration in the schools;

  6. Instructional media design and production;

  7. Research and publication in the field; and

  8. Other emerging applications of learning design and technology.

Further information can be found on the Learning Design and Technology webpage.