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Ph.D. Organizational Learning, Innovation, and Development

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Our Ph. D in Education with a concentration in Workforce Education and Development is designed to prepare you for leadership and research position related to workforce education, organizational learning, and training and development. Our program offers a broad and general leadership degree to anyone with interest and experience in career education, technical education, public and private sector training and development, human resource development and other related technical and professional fields.

If you have a background in teaching, program administration or training and development, the knowledge you gain from this degree can help you take your career to the next level. You can expect to engage in coursework, research and collaboration with faculty and fellow students.

Your focus research, practical skills and knowledge, combined with rigorous academic training will help you become well-equipped to make a significant impact in your field of choice. You’ll be well-positioned to take on leadership positions in your organization, pursue entrepreneurial efforts, facilitate ongoing learning and development, and conduct cutting-edge research in the field of workforce education.

Program Requirements

Our program of study requires 64 credit hours beyond the master's degree. This includes a 6-credit hour professional seminar sequence in the School of Education, at least 9 credit hours of approved research tools, a 15-credit hour program core, 10 credit hours of supportive studies, and 24 credit hours of dissertation.

Full program requirements can be found in our catalog.


To be admitted to our program, applicants must meet the requirements established by the Graduate School, the School of Education, and our program. We seek individuals with a strong academic and professional background in teaching, program administration, or training and development. Admission to the program is determined by a vote of the graduate faculty.

Applications for the doctoral program are only accepted for fall admissions.

Contact Information

For more information or for advisement questions, contact:

Yvonne Hunter-Johnson,
Associate Professor, Advisor
Wham 217 D
625 Wham Dr.
Carbondale, IL 62901

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