The multidisciplinary Learning and Leadership Doctoral Programs (Ed.D. in Learning and Leadership/Ph.D. in Leadership and Decision-Making) are designed to equip participants with an understanding of the relationship that learning plays in the leadership process; develop reflective practitioners in a variety of organizations; and focus on the interwoven nature of leadership, decision-making, and learning; emphasizing the proficiency that individuals will need as they pursue the challenges of organizational change.
The Learning and Leadership curriculum is work/experience embedded, meaning that everyone pursuing the degree is actively working and engaged in a professional practice of some type. Participants will demonstrate competency in the following program domains: Leadership and Learning, Research and Measurement, Organizational Effectiveness and Innovation, Decision-Making, and Communication.
Each participant is required to successfully complete a foundational course during the initial Summer semester. Following successful completion of the foundational course, each participant is required to enroll in a sequence of core courses (6 credit hours per semester) year round (Fall, Spring, and Summer) until the core is completed. All required courses are offered via hybrid delivery (face-to-face and Virtual Classroom). Core courses include 4-6 face-to-face meetings per course per semester (on the UT-Chattanooga campus on weekends) and extensive work in the Virtual Classroom (online) through discussions and readings. Once the core program has been completed, , each participant works to complete elective requirements, the Comprehensive Assessment, Pre-Dissertation Seminar, and Dissertation research (link: Program of Study).