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Organization Development and Change: Essentials

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

William J. Rothwell
310B Keller Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-2581
Fax: 814-863-7532

The primary goal of the certificate programs is to provide essential knowledge skills in organization development and change, facilitation of groups and teams, appreciative inquiry, and process consultation. The certificate program focuses on exposing students to global issues and the way change occurs around and within organizations. Emphasis is placed on the importance of knowledge and skills when it comes to facilitating change initiatives from a humanistic perspective. To be awarded the Certficiate in Organization Development and Change: Essentials, students must successfully complete 12 credits of coursework in the courses listed below.

Admission Requirements:

An applicant for the graduate certificate program must hold either (1) a bachelor's degree from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or (2) a postsecondary degree that is equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree earned from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution. Additionally, all international applicants must meet the Graduate School's English proficiency requirements.

Required Courses

WF ED 572 Foundations in Organization Development and Change (3)
WF ED 880 Facilitating Groups and Teams (3)
WF ED 884 Appreciative Inquiry (3)
WF ED 578 Process Consultation in Organization Development (3)
*TRDEV 565 Implementing Training and Development Programs (3) is an approved substitution for one of the starred courses listed above.

Effective Semester: Spring 2016

Expiration Semester: Spring 2021


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