M.Ed. in Organizational Evaluation
The program consists of 34 semester hours of course credit, inclusive of a three semester hour practicum experience. Students complete courses designed to provide the knowledge base in program evaluation that is necessary to understand the systematic processes of working with individuals within organizations to create sustained improvement and change. This curriculum reflects a research perspective and will also explore how program evaluation can be utilized to further social justice.
RMTD 400 - Introduction to Research Methodology
This course provides an introduction to research methods used in education and the social sciences including qualitative and quantitative research designs.
RMTD 404 - Introduction to Educational Statistics
This graduate course provides an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistical methods used in education, psychology and the health professions.
RMTD 406 - Educational Evaluation
The course provides students with an overview of program evaluation, and major evaluation theorists and theories. Students will also be introduced to the practice of program evaluation, including determining which evaluation approach to use in a given context, developing an evaluation plan, identifying the various roles of the evaluator, understanding the social and political dynamics of an evaluation context, generating and collecting data, establishing reporting processes, and considering the ethical issues surrounding the role of the evaluator.
RMTD 407 - Introduction to Evaluation Theory
This course introduces students to program evaluation theory in the social sciences, including various conceptualizations of evaluation, historical development of the field, purposes of evaluation, and social and political contexts of evaluation practice.
RMTD 410 - Communicating Research Findings
This course covers strategies for effectively presenting and communicating data and research findings. Various methods for organizing, presenting and discussing research results to stakeholders will be discussed. Students will participate in practice sessions in class.
RMTD 411 - Introduction to Human Performance Technology
This course introduces students to the systematic HPT processes of analyzing organizational problems, developing appropriate interventions, managing the change related to the intervention and evaluating the outcome. In this course students will learn the model used within HPT, the specific roles and competencies of HPT professionals, and examine the activities and practices of HPT professionals.
RMTD 412 - Needs Assessment
In this course, students will learn the principles of needs assessment to improve programs and organizations. Needs assessments are a systematic set of procedures to identify within an organization a set of priorities to improve programs and/or organizations.
RMTD 415 - Practicum in Organizational Evaluation
This practicum course is intended to help candidates integrate theoretical and research coursework with the practice of organizational evaluation and to reflect on their own development as professionals in the service of social justice.
RMTD 420 - Educational Research I: Building a Body of Evidence with Qualitative Methods
This course explores the discipline and practice of qualitative research, introducing students to the discipline of qualitative research through examination of various theories, traditions, genres, and components of this form of inquiry.
RMTD 580 - Special Topics: Project Management
In this course, students will be introduced to the principles of project management, the application of knowledge, skills, and techniques to execute projects in complex organizations. Students will apply the principles of project management to a variety of organization settings and goals.
HRER 417 - Managing and Motivating in the Workplace
The course primarily explores the structure and function of human behavior in organizations. Students will be introduced to the principles of theory of perception, motivation, decision-making, job and organizational design as they relate to organizational realities such as power, politics, and change.
MGMT 472 - Organizational Change and Development
This course focuses on the manager’s role as a change agent in implementing effective change management and organizational development.