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B.S. Organizational Learning, Innovation, and Development

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SIU offers a flexible and accelerated path to earning a bachelor's degree in Organizational Learning, innovation, and development. OLID helps you to pursue careers in the broad field of workforce education, which encompasses various jobs in technical education, vocational instruction, human resources, curriculum training, and development.

Coursework covers critical areas like assessment, curriculum development, communication, occupational training, instructional methods, and human resources management. You'll gain hands-on experience researching and developing innovative ways to analyze complex occupational problems and find corresponding solutions. The program offers full-time and part-time enrollment options so you can choose the pace that best fits your lifestyle.

Degree Requirements

The B.S. Organizational Learning, Innovation, and Development degree program can be earned by fulfilling the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree.

  • Total Degree Requirements: 120 credit hours
  • University Core Curriculum: 39 credit hours
  • OLID Requirements: 81 credit hours
    • Professional Sequence: 36 credit hours
    • Occupational Training: 29 credit hours
    • Work Experience: 16 credit hours

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Capstone Option

Practical experience and assessment are vital components of our program. We recognize and value the skills you have gained through your life, whether it's military service, your career, or another community college. Our Capstone option helps you utilize previous experience towards your degree. Select courses can transfer and count towards your Core Curriculum or other degree requirements. OLID can also use your work or military experience as components of your degree, getting you faster to the finish. 

Learning Options:

You have the option to study completely online, or in person at one of our chosen off-campus locations. We have a committed team of SIU Faculty, staff, and resources who will be available to support you, regardless of where or how you choose to pursue your degree.

Off-Campus Locations 

Earn your degree in a hybrid model with face-to-face and online courses. Face-to-face courses are available at these locations:


Online option

Our OLID program is available entirely online. Schedule your courses at a pace and time that is convenient to you so that you can set yourself up for success from the start. You’ll have access to your course materials and lectures anytime and anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection. You can study and learn from home, work, or anywhere. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with students across the nation and many different career paths, providing you with diverse perspectives and new approaches to problem-solving.

View your online course options and start dates.


The Workforce Education and Development minor is ideal if you’re seeking added flexibility to your career search or positioning yourself for promotions in your field.

You’ll be able to gain innovative skills in training, communication, and instruction to apply to your preferred area with just 20 credit hours needed.

It can make an excellent companion to many bachelor’s degrees. You’ll work directly with your advisor to plan a minor.

Work Experience and Occupational Training

The WED 358 WORK EXPERIENCE course offers credit for the recognition of your contributions to an organization beyond basic employment duties. This credit is awarded for past work experience and can satisfy the SIU Senior Institution requirement.

There are two ways to be eligible.

  1. You must have at least 15 semester hours (4000 clock hours) of credit and a maximum of 30 semester hours (8000 clock hours) of credit. The work experience must correspond with your occupational training and be verified through a letter from your employer specifying the months and years of full or part-time work experience.
  2. Or through the successful completion of 16 semester hours of WED 395 FIELD EXPERIENCE.

You must submit all WED 358 documentation to the Registrar’s office for posting to your transcript. Work experience and occupational training must be complementary to satisfy the requirement. The credit cannot be substituted for occupational training credit, nor can work experience be used to satisfy the OTD Occupational training requirement. Teaching experiences do not qualify for work experience credit.


With a degree in Organizational Learning, Innovation, and Development, you can pursue various careers in training and development, human resources, and education.

Some specific jobs include:

  • Curriculum Developer
  • Director of Placement
  • Educational Media Designer
  • Educational Specialist/Technician
  • Employment Services Supervisor
  • Human Resources Generalist
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Learning Competency Advisor
  • Military Officer
  • Occupational Analyst
  • Personnel Manager
  • Talent Acquisition Consultant
  • Technical Career Instructor
  • Technical Writer
  • Training and Development Director
  • VA Job Counselor

These careers are available in a variety of industries, including corporate, government, military, and education. You can also choose to pursue advanced degrees in related fields, such as Public Administration.


The OLID program’s focus on practical skills and knowledge also aligns well with the skills and experiences gained through your military service. Think leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, and adaptability. By leveraging your military experience and pursuing a degree in OLID, active-duty service members and veterans can further develop these skills and apply them to continuing in the military or transitioning into a new civilian career field.

Center for Workforce Development

The Center for Workforce Development in Springfield, IL is committed to excellence and dedicated to serving our community by supporting state and national efforts to ensure a college and career-ready workforce. We do so by supporting, developing, and implementing grant-funded programs and helping our partners to achieve their goals of creating a well-qualified, adaptive workforce.


Ahmed Al-Asfour
Program Director
625 Wham
Dr. Carbondale, IL 62901
Office: Wham 222L

Shannon Schroeder,
Recruitment & Retention Coordinator
Wham 112 A
625 Wham Dr.
Carbondale, IL 62901