Adult Education and Organization Development

Major: Adult Education and Organization Development
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 45.0
Co-op Option: None
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.1005
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 13-1151

About the Program

The Master of Science (MS) in Adult Education and Organization Development program is designed to prepare students with the competencies for success in promoting individual and organizational learning worldwide. The online curriculum is both practice-oriented and research-based, and emphasizes the principles and practices that form the foundation of the profession of Human Resource Development. Drexel’s program is unique in the inclusion of a substantial capstone experience in which the student develops a portfolio that captures and presents the competencies acquired by the graduate as a result of experiences in the Drexel Adult Education & Organization Development program.

Adult Education and Organization Development refers to the principles, methods, and techniques for assessing and responding to the learning and development needs of adult learners, employees and their organizations. The MS degree in Adult Education and Organization Development prepares students to have a positive direct and indirect influence on the future of the profession of Human Resource Development in its many forms, including career development, training and development, and organization development. The course work and experiences apply learning and development concepts to adults working or volunteering in organized communities towards the ends of problem-solving, transforming, and prospering at both individual and organizational levels. The program is designed to prepare graduates for strategic roles in promoting employee and organizational learning in various national and multi-national organizations, as well as to promote the use and integration of technology to support organizational learning.

The MS degree in Adult Education and Organization Development incorporates an interdisciplinary curriculum. Students may choose up to three electives that are tailored to their interest areas, to include strategic human resources, career and organization development, global and international education, evaluation and return on investment, instructional systems design and e-learning, and more. The program integrates leading learning strategies and instructional technologies into course delivery. Courses expose students to best practices, current research, software applications, and database management systems. Students demonstrate their knowledge and skill acquisition through individual and group projects, culminating in the capstone portfolio that can be used as a tool for career change, promotion, or continued professional development.

For additional information, contact the School of Education or view the master's degrees online on the Drexel University Online web site.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants for the program will follow the university standards for admission to graduate study. Prospective students must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to be considered for admission (graduate degree GPAs will be considered along with the undergraduate GPA). In addition, prospective students are required to submit the following:

  • Completed Application Form, including official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Two to three letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • Resume


The admissions committee will evaluate the applicant’s potential and commitment to succeed in graduate study in the online environment. The applicant’s potential to contribute to the overall quality of the program of study will also be considered.

Interviews, in person or by phone, will be conducted by the admissions committee with those applicants who meet Graduate Admission’s standard admissions criteria.

Decisions will be made using dates corresponding to the regular university schedule for rolling admissions in Graduate Admissions.

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
AEOD 500Foundations of Human Resource Development3.0
AEOD 600Organizational Consulting3.0
AEOD 601Leading and Evaluating Change3.0
AEOD 602Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning3.0
AEOD 604Development of Human Resources3.0
AEOD 606Human and Organizational Performance3.0
AEOD 607Global Human Resource Development3.0
AEOD 609Training and Development3.0
EDHE 660Principles of Adult Education3.0
EDUC 804Program Evaluation in Organizations3.0
Professional Electives9.0
Electives will be selected in consultation with the Program Director and/or Advisor
Capstone Requirement
AEOD 715Capstone Co-op with Portfolio I1.5
AEOD 716Capstone Co-op with Portfolio II4.5
Total Credits45.0

Sample Plan of Study

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
AEOD 500Foundations of Human Resource Development3.0
AEOD 715Capstone Co-op with Portfolio I1.5
 Term Credits4.5
Term 2
AEOD 602Coaching and Mentoring for Sustainable Learning3.0
AEOD 609Training and Development3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
AEOD 601Leading and Evaluating Change3.0
Professional Elective 3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 4
AEOD 600Organizational Consulting3.0
AEOD 604Development of Human Resources3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 5
AEOD 607Global Human Resource Development3.0
EDUC 804Program Evaluation in Organizations3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 6
EDHE 660Principles of Adult Education3.0
Professional Elective3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 7
AEOD 606Human and Organizational Performance3.0
Professional Elective 3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 8
AEOD 716Capstone Co-op with Portfolio II4.5
 Term Credits4.5
Total Credit: 45.0

Education Faculty

Jennifer Adams, EdD (Harvard University). Associate Professor. Comparative and international education; Poverty and education; Child welfare; Educational policy.
Ayana Allen, PhD (Texas A&M University ). Assistant Professor. Urban education; Identity construction in school contexts; Urban school transformation.
Kristen Betts, EdD (George Washington University). Clinical Professor. Higher education administration and governance, online blended education, instructional design and educational technology, program assessment and evaluation.
Holly Carpenter, PhD (Arizona State University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Higher education policy development and implementation, community college/university articulation, and online education.
José Luis Chávez, EdD (University of Southern California). Clinical Professor. Higher education leadership and administration.
Rebecca Clothey, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Assistant Professor. Comparative and international education, education of ethnic and linguistic minorities, sociology of education.
James Connell, PhD (Louisiana State University) Clinical Director and Research Fellow, A.J. Drexel Autism Institute. Associate Professor. Identifying the variables that influence adult behavior change in community settings; autism intervention; widespread dissemination of evidence-based interventions in school and community settings.
Salvatore V. Falletta, EdD (North Carolina State University). Associate Clinical Professor. Human Resource intelligence (i.e., HR research and analytics practices); HRD assessment, measurement, and evaluation models and taxonomies; organizational diagnostic models; web-based employee and organizational survey methods, and computational modeling.
Alonzo Flowers III, PhD (Texas A&M University). Assistant Professor. Higher Education/Higher Education Administration.
Aroutis N. Foster, PhD (Michigan State University). Associate Professor. Educational psychology and educational technology, especially the following: Motivation; Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK); Immersive Interactive Digital Environments (simulation, games, virtual realities.
Kathy Geller, PhD (Fielding Graduate University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Educational leadership and management.
Rajashi Ghosh, PhD (University of Louisville, Kentucky). Associate Professor. Mentoring and leader development, workplace Incivility, workplace learning and development.
John M. Gould, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Associate Clinical Professor. Change leadership, curriculum re-design, the impact of technology on learning.
Allen C. Grant, PhD (Louisiana State University). Assistant Clinical Professor. K-3 virtual schooling, virtual school leadership, collaborative technologies, 21st century learning skills
Mary Jo Grdina, PhD (Case Western Reserve University). Associate Clinical Professor. Undergraduate studies, science education, curriculum design.
Dominic F. Gullo, PhD (Indiana University) Associate Dean of Research. Professor. Studying the relative and long-range effects of early schooling experiences in prekindergarten and kindergarten on children's achievement and social adaptation to school routine.
Penny Hammrich, PhD (University of Minnesota) Associate Dean for Graduate Studies. Professor. Urban education; science education; genetics; gender equity; science knowledge for conceptual teaching; sport science.
Paul Harrington, PhD (University of Massachusetts, Boston) Director, Center for Labor Markets and Policy. Professor. Teen and young adult job access; economic outlook, college labor market; workforce development, planning, and development; vocational rehabilitation and job market transition.
Michael J. Haslip, PhD (Old Dominion University). Assistant Professor. Early childhood education, social and emotional learning, child guidance strategies, effects of public pre-school attendance.
Marlene Hilkowitz, M.Ed (Temple University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Science education; Curriculum development; Student engagement
Jennifer Katz-Buonincontro, PhD (University of Oregon). Associate Professor. Educational administration, leadership development, survey & instrument design.
Kristine Kelly, PhD (University of Wisconsin, Madison). Assistant Clinical Professor. Sociology of gender and development; anthropology of policy; comparative and international education; qualitative research methods; Vietnam and Southeast Asia.
Valerie Klein, PhD (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Mathematics learning and teaching; teacher's use of formative assessment in mathematics; creating opportunities for rich problem solving in the classroom; examining teachers growth and change; qualitative research methods.
Vera Lee, EdD (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Practitioner Research in online courses to explore inservice/preservice teachers’ emerging understandings about issues of diversity; the development of information/digital literacies of urban youth; English language learners.
Bruce Levine, JD (New York University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Educational policy, school law, public-private partnerships, intersection of business and education.
Kristine Lewis-Grant, PhD (Temple University). Associate Clinical Professor. Experiences of students of African descent at predominantly white colleges and universities, college access and college student development, youth civic engagement in urban school reform, qualitative research and evaluation.
William Lynch, PhD (University of Maryland). Professor. Curriculum and educational leadership, educational technology, distance learning policy development, higher and adult education.
Constance Lyttle, PhD, JD (University of Pittsburgh, Duquesne University). Associate Clinical Professor. Legal rights of gifted and talented children and children with disabilities; inclusive education of exceptional children; special education mediation; special education IEP/IFSP facilitation; resolution session facilitation
Kenneth Mawritz, PhD (University of Pittsburgh). Assistant Clinical Professor. Educational administration
Joyce Pittman, PhD (Iowa State University of Science and Technology). Associate Clinical Professor. Curriculum and instruction K-16; teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL); instructional design business education and administration; industrial and career technology; oral and written communication; research methodology; instructional and assistive technology assessment; online learning pedagogy
Kathleen Provinzano, PhD (Marywood University). Assistant Professor. Educational administration. Contextually responsive leadership, leadership for social justice, leadership for learning, community school strategies.
Fredricka K. Reisman, PhD (Syracuse University) Director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation. Professor. Mathematics education, learning mathematics, mathematics pedagogy, teacher education, heuristic diagnostic learning and teaching, theory and research in creativity and applied creativity.
Lori Severino, EdD (Neumann University). Assistant Professor. Special education, differentiated instruction, reading, Wilson language, multi-sensory instruction, reading comprehension, assessment, adolescent literacy.
Jason Silverman, PhD (Vanderbilt University). Associate Professor. Teaching and learning of advanced mathematical ideas (algebra and calculus); improving teachers' ability to orchestrate and sustain inquiry-based and discussion-based instruction; technology in mathematics education.
Brian Smith, PhD (Northwestern University). Professor. Design of computer-based learning environments; Human-computer interaction; Design sciences.
Toni A. Sondergeld, PhD (University of Toledo). Associate Professor. Cognitive and affective assessment development; program/grant evaluation; high stakes testing measurement; STEM education; urban education.
Nancy Butler Songer, PhD (University of California, Davis) Dean, School of Education. Distinguished Professor. STEM education, urban education, educational assistance
Mary Jean Tecce DeCarlo, EdD (University of Pennsylvania). Assistant Clinical Professor. Early literacy development, learning differences, knowledge construction, urban education.
Sarah P. Ulrich, EdD (Saint Joseph’s University). Associate Clinical Professor. Emphasis in cross-cultural, language and academic development.
Sheila Vaidya, PhD (Temple University). Professor. Educational psychology, school psychology, research design.
Christina Vorndran, PhD (Louisiana State University). Associate Clinical Professor. Behavior analysis, single subject research methods, functional analysis
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