Doctor of Education in Leadership and Learning – Organizational Psychology
Become the person your organization leans on to cultivate a positive and productive work environment.
The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Leadership and Learning –Organizational Psychology program will teach you how to apply psychological concepts and research methods to improve your surroundings. Acquire strategies to address challenges related to productivity, employee morale and management styles. Learn how you can improve organizational policies, processes, hiring, and training.
Enjoy Flexibility – 20 courses with start dates every 2 weeks
Choose Where You Learn – Online courses
Earn an Affordable Degree – Tuition and fees only $29,900
Pay Monthly – Opt to pay $375 per month
Focus On Your Passion – You’re in control of the dissertation process
The degree is centered around 3 elements:
- Collaborative and ethical leadership
- Transformational leadership
- Reflective scholarship
Through practical, real-world applications, you will gain adeptness with leading individuals and teams, both within and across multicultural contexts, while maintaining high ethical standards in all business practices.
Is this program for you?
Individuals seeking greater knowledge and skills in the psychology of effective leaders, the foundations in organizational and industrial psychology, and a deep awareness of professional and ethical standards in the field would benefit most from this doctoral degree emphasis.
What is the dissertation process?
The dissertation is the final step of a doctoral program and culmination of a student’s doctoral studies. The dissertation is a written document that summarizes a completed research study that is grounded and theory and is methodologically sound. You will have up to six months to complete each dissertation course.
Benefits of a Doctorate in Education
- Continue professional development
- Grow your educational philosophy
- Pursue senior roles
- Familiarize yourself with new technology tools
- Application – A completed application.
- Resume – A resume or curriculum vitae.
- Statement of Goals – A statement of your goals reflecting the academic, professional, and personal goals you would like to achieve through your work with Aspen University. Your goals statement will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee as part of the application process. The statement of goals should be between 300 – 500 words.
- Master’s Degree Transcripts – Official transcript demonstrating a conferred master’s degree from an institution that is accredited by a CHEA recognized accrediting body or an international equivalent, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.
- Military Documentation (Optional) – A copy of the most recent orders; or a copy of DD214 (This can be requested from the National Archives.)
- EDD830 - Leadership Theory
- RSH900 - Doctoral Writing and Inquiry into Research
- EDD832 - Human Potential and Motivation
- EDP810 - The Psychology of Leadership
- EDP812 - Foundations of Industrial and Organizational Psychology
- EDD834 - Creating Strategic Change That Lasts
- RSH910 - Research Design and Methodology
- EDD836 - Project Management Techniques
- RSH912 - Introduction to the Dissertation
- EDP814 - The Social Psychology of Groups
- EDD838 - Building Successful Organizations that Endure
- RSH914 - Techniques and Interpretation for Statistical Analysis
- EDP816 - Cultural Perspectives in Psychology
- EDP818 - Cognitive and Affective Principles in Psychology
- RSH916 - Problem-Based Research in Action
- EDP820 - Ethics and Professional Standards in Psychology
- Comprehensive Proctored Exam
- EDD820 - Dissertation I: Dissertation Committee Selection and Research Proposal
- Surviving Your Dissertation: A Comprehensive Guide to Content and Process (4th Edition) - 9781452260976
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition) - 9781433805615
- EDD821 - Dissertation II: Literature Review, Methodology, and IRB Process
- EDD822 - Dissertation III: Research and Results
- EDD823 - Dissertation IV: Conclusions, Oral Defense, and Publication
The emphasis of this course is on leadership with the focus on the application of leadership concepts and leadership skills. Through the examination of a wide array of different leadership theories, the student gains knowledge and skills for a plethora of theoretical paradigms and models, which can be used to influence others towards positive and lasting change. Working with teams and dealing with the politics and power within an organization are also examined in depth.3 Credits
This research course examines the basic principles and techniques of doctoral scholarship, and offers an overview of the development of theory and research logic, explores the relationship between theoretical and empirical constructs, and provides a wide variety of specific research methodologies, including the scholarly publication process. Students study the principles of the scientific method and research design techniques common to both qualitative and quantitative research, including sampling methods and data collection techniques. Material includes examination of various research methods including electronic searches and retrieval methods. Students learn to critically read research papers and articles, and are introduced to the writing techniques necessary to produce expository and analytical papers to the standards of publishable work. This course is a prerequisite for all other doctorate courses.3 Credits
This course examines a meaningful and sophisticated understanding of motivation and emotion. Blending motivation and emotion with leadership builds a powerful sense of tolerance and meaning in many domains of life: home, school, workplace, clinical setting, athletic fields, healthcare, and interpersonal relationships. The course deeply explores individual emotion, mindset, and interventions. A leader can use this knowledge to motivate individuals and evaluate how emotion drives behavior to obtain the best performance out of their employees and relationships in all facets of life.3 Credits
This course will focus on exploring, discussing and applying the Four Frames of Leadership: The Structural Frame, the Political Frame, the Symbolic Frame and the Human Resource Frame. Students learn to apply the concepts of reframing in order to resolve organizational conflicts and leadership challenges. Students will also complete and discuss their personal frame of leadership style and how to incorporate each of these in their own set of leadership tools. Additionally, discussions will center on learning about the Neuroscience of Leadership and the newly coined term ‘Neuroleaders’. Questions such as the role of neuroscience in leadership and the role of emotions in problem-solving and decision-making and how these affect leading organizations through periods of change, will also be explored.3 Credits
In this course, students will gain valuable knowledge and application of concepts in real-life situations related to industrial and organizational psychology. The elements of this course include the History of I/O psychology, as well as research methods used in this field. Theories of motivation and the application of theoretical models to real-life problems encountered in businesses and organizations will be addressed. This course also helps students learn to apply methods to reduce workplace stress and strain and will examine some of the innovative ways businesses today are addressing the important issue of family-work conflict and finding balance.3 Credits
Creating strategic change that lasts is a fine art of every successful leader. Throughout this course, students examine what the best leaders do to create an atmosphere where employees in the organization can flourish. The focus is on learning essential behaviors that promote a high-energy culture.3 Credits
This course begins to ask the doctoral student to reflect on past courses, studies and articles that support and build upon personal areas of interest. The course is designed to challenge students to think about an area of interest and begin develop a comprehensive research topic aligned with their professional goals. Students expand on the research topic, identify appropriate theories, methodologies and consider research design. At the end of eight weeks, students will frame the beginning of a doctoral research dissertation.3 Credits
Every career today requires both leadership and management. Traditionally, leadership is seen as charting the vision while management provides the execution. Modern day leaders understand that it is more complex than that. Precise and thoughtful management does more than simply execute a collective leadership vision. It creates continuity, organization, and the capacity to understand the systemic objectives ahead. This course helps to provide guidance in the all-important area of project management and the techniques that support those outcomes.3 Credits
This course provides the student with an overview of each part required in the completion of the dissertation writing process. It reflects each of the five chapters necessary when preparing the doctoral dissertation and includes the ethical and professional requirements to help make the author accountable and reflective in its presentation, validity, and significance to future researchers and readers. The student selects an existing, published dissertation in their discipline and examines it throughout the course as a model for how to effectively design and write a solid dissertation.3 Credits
This course is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding of group processes viewed through the lens of social psychology. Students examine and apply concepts of the ‘self’ and the ‘self in groups’. The course explores how groups work and why some groups work better than others; the influences of genetics, culture and gender on group performance as well as the motivation for performance and the generation of ideas and creativity. Students also view four famous or infamous social psychology experiments from the past: The Milgram Experiment, Blue Eyes/Brown Eyed: A Class Divided; the Robbers Cave and, finally, the Stanford Experiment.3 Credits
This course is about the steps that leaders take to create organizations that are fully undergirded in a way that leads to their ongoing sustenance and growth and continued innovation and improvement. This is an essential course in pursuit of highly effective organizations; it is imperative to create cultures of change and to attempt to create organizations that are self-sustaining and highly organized. This course addresses a number of pertinent topics regarding this change dynamic and offers the student an opportunity to give considerations to theory and instructional practices.3 Credits
This research course emphasizes practicality and flexibility in its approach to augmenting organizational decision-making. In this course, a practical approach is adopted that prepares students to identify the correct method, calculate the statistics, and properly interpret the results to solve the question at hand. Application and interpretation of statistics is stressed as students see for themselves how statistics work.3 Credits
This doctoral level course about culture and psychology combines social psychology and cultural anthropology. Students learn the inter-connections and inter-generationally transmitted behaviors between meanings, symbols, and psychological processes such as cognition, personality structure, behavior, and affect, as it applies to professionals and paraprofessionals in psychology, sociology, education, and leadership. Students examine culture and psychology by investigating common psychological experiences with an emphasis on human and social science conceptual paradigms, theory, knowledge, and intervention.3 Credits
This doctoral level course examines learning and how people perceive, remember, and think through the lens of neuroscience, computer science, linguistics, anthropology, and philosophy. Cognitive and affective principles in psychology apply to professionals and paraprofessionals in education, psychology, health care, leadership, and other organizational settings.3 Credits
This course is designed to provide students with additional research tools used to solve everyday problems through a process of inquiry and developing solutions to significant problems in the workplace. This useful strategy can provide the leader a design for decision-making based on data and supportive research.3 Credits
This doctoral level course analyzes ethical judgments, principles, and guidelines regarding individuals, leadership, and organizations. Students will explore the history and impact of ethical standards in research and their implications and application in performing research studies. Ethics and professional standards in psychology apply to professionals in all aspects of leadership.3 Credits
EDD 820 is designed to provide students the guidance to select a dissertation research topic, create a research plan and form their dissertation committee. After establishing the committee, students begin work on Chapter 1 of their dissertation. Chapter 1 serves as the guiding document as it overviews the scope, purpose, nature and intent of the dissertation. At the completion of this course, students are ready to defend their dissertation proposal.3 Credits
EDD 821 is designed to guide students through two integral components of the dissertation process, the literature review and methodology. Under the direction of their dissertation committee, students frame their dissertation research study within the context of the relevant academic literature. Using this knowledge, students design the methodology of their dissertation research study, complete the required ethical training to conduct research, and submit their proposal to the Institutional Review Board. At the completion of this course, students will have finalized Chapters 2 and 3 and are prepared to conduct their dissertation research study.3 Credits
EDD 822 focuses on the implementation of the dissertation research study and the analysis of the results. Students conduct their research study with an understanding of key ethical, practical, theoretical and methodological considerations. At the conclusion of the data collection, students analyze and interpret data in relation to the research questions and theoretical framework. Through this process, students complete Chapter 4 of their dissertation.3 Credits
EDD 823 brings students to the completion of their dissertation journey. Students complete the final chapter of their dissertation, polish the completed work, and then organize and facilitate an oral defense of their work. Upon receiving final approval and grade, students are able to apply for publication as well as their commencement from Aspen University.3 Credits