Curriculum and Courses
Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
The master of arts in organizational leadership provides students with the skills and experience to not only effectively understand the processes and strategies necessary to be successful in business, but also the human element involved in all business. Being an effective leader requires so much more than just business knowledge. Understanding and navigating relationships, organizational culture, and teams is essential to success throughout the entire company. The program is built on a foundation of neuroscience, performance and business research, and scriptural teachings. The curriculum allows students to gain an in-depth understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of leadership, helping them to connect with people and foster motivation in the workplace. Students pursuing a master of arts in organizational leadership complete 33 credit hours from OL 600, 601, 602, 603, 604, 605, 606, 607, 608, and two courses from OL 610, 611, and 612.
Credential Program in Executive Coaching
The online Credential Program in Executive Coaching equips those who enjoy helping people with the skills and experience to be an effective executive coach. Students will gain insight into several areas including: neuroscience, scriptural teachings, and coaching theory and research. Through this foundation, the program will teach future coaches how to successfully facilitate relationships that help others transform their lives and careers. Students may complete one of the following levels in the Credential in Executive Coaching program: professional or advanced. The Professional Executive Coaching Credential requires the completion of 12 credit hours from OL 600, 612, 614, and three additional hours from OL courses. The Advanced Executive Coaching Credential requires the completion of 18 credit hours from OL 600, 612, 613, 614, and six additional hours from OL courses.
Credential in Leadership
The online Credential in Leadership teaches students the skills to understand group relationships as well as how to motivate others to excel. The program gives individuals the insight necessary to successfully create and manage all different types of relationships. The main goal is to help students learn to facilitate transformational relationships in such a way that others can better understand themselves and grow to reach their potential. Students may complete one of the following levels in the Credential in Leadership program: professional or advanced. The Professional Leadership Credential requires the completion of 12 credit hours from OL 600, 601, and six additional hours from OL courses. The Advanced Leadership Credential requires the completion of 18 credit hours from OL 600, 601, and 12 additional hours from OL courses.
Courses in Organizational Leadership
New students will be enrolled in an online orientation module when accepted into a graduate program (excluding OTD students). Online learning provides a very flexible learning environment that requires students to take ownership for learning. This course is designed to be self-paced and will introduce students to the online learning management system, University policies and ensure students know how and where to seek assistance and support.
Sustainable organizations are often identified by their high performance in several strategic areas. Such optimizing organizations are committed to consistency, efficiencies and quality across the company. Primary topics in performance optimizing are examined, including performance measurement, motivation and human worth, quality control, quality improvement, analysis tools and implementing optimizing initiatives. Experiential learning opportunities emphasize the importance of the four phases of process management: assess, plan, prepare and execute.
Organizational assessments provide the foundation for reviewing present performance and setting strategic initiatives. Key benefits of such assessments are to achieve greater results and help ensure sustainability. Organizational assessments identify areas of strength and vulnerability in the organization related to effectiveness: ownership, governance, management, resources, culture, processes, products, brand and results. This course includes the study of best practices used in assessing organizations in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Course experiences include the completion of assessments of leaders and existing organizations.
Students will participate in a process group training experience led by a trained faculty facilitator. They will grow in the critical relational skills that are necessary to lead well, have stimulating interactive times and receive targeted feedback. Students will have a confidential place for personal character development.
Students will identify and distinguish major leadership theories and styles. Through application and assessment, students will gauge personal leadership and develop an action plan by which to strengthen leadership character and competencies through a Christian lens. Students will continue to invest in a Christian community of practice to evaluate character.
The various aspects of organizational structure will be explored. Students will learn how leaders create a healthy culture that drives individual, team and organizational performance. Various drivers and obstacles to performance will be discussed along with strategies to enhance performance.
Students will gain an overview of the different styles of leading a team or organization. The latest research from neuroscience will be explored and applied to leadership. Students will understand the concept of emotional intelligence and its different relational and self-management skills.
The major drivers or inhibitors of motivation and organizational change will be explored. Students will learn the leadership competencies to provide rapid, profound and sustainable change. This course will also focus on how to assess and make structural changes in the organization's culture that make change easier.
Students will investigate theories and best practices of team leadership, including virtual team. Exploration of concepts such as multiple intelligences, self-managing teams and conflict competence will serve as the foundation for practical application of planning and implementing team leadership.
Students will learn the different affective, cognitive and behavioral strategies that lead to transformational change in a coaching relationship. Emphasis will be placed on creating affective experiences that lead to character growth. Students will also learn to design leadership programs for organizations.
Students will learn various decision-making strategies and the common pitfalls to good decisions. The critical role that creativity plays in leadership will be explored. Using a variety of methods, students will gain experience in creativity and problem-solving.
Students will investigate an organizational issue in-depth through original research. As scholars and practitioners, students will generate a professional paper, justifying the relevance, exhibiting theoretical knowledge and demonstrating practical application.
Prerequisite: Students must complete 21 hours prior to enrollment in OL 608.
This course will review the various assessment instruments for individual leaders, team and entire organizations such as: Emotional Competency Inventory; Kolb Learning Style Inventory; Inventory of Leadership Styles; Organizational Climate Survey. Students will learn how to communicate findings to leaders to empower them.
Leadership requires the capacity to get things done on a scalable level, from large projects to designing systems that integrate resources in the proper channels. This involves thinking strategically, accumulating resources, bringing the right talent into the right teams and driving the process.
Students will learn the skills to create a coaching relationship that establishes trust, understanding, acceptance and active exploration of the underlying issues driving performance. These interpersonal skills include attunement, immediacy, confrontation, powerful questioning and observation of themes. The course includes assessing the client's character structure and strengths, designing actions, planning and goal setting and managing progress and accountability.
Students will develop advanced skills to deal with resistance and obstacles to performance. Students will learn process group skills to lead their own groups. Students will become proficient in coaching clients in the following areas: financial, marital and parenting. Students will learn how to build, market and manage their coaching practice.
The study of the history, professional roles, ethics and responsibilities of the coaching profession. This course includes how to establish the professional coaching agreement, the distinction from consulting and psychotherapy and making referrals to other support professionals.