Instructional Leadership & Organization Development

About the Program

The Instructional Leadership and Organization Development (ILOD) program concentration is grounded in leadership theories, in-demand leadership skills sets, adult learning tenets, and principles of learning.

“The real- world applications and relevance of the curriculum were and still are of great benefit to me. Recently, I was in Charlotte on business and during a conversation one of the participants asked if anyone had read, [ a particular book]. I proudly said, “yes, I have." The resulting conversation concluded with the host for the group purchasing book for the others. As I have said on numerous occasions, my experience in J.U’s. program was the best formal education experience I have had.”

Greg Burton, Chief of Support Services, Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office 2012 ILOD alum

The ILOD Leadership core includes courses in Self-awareness and Interpersonal Development, Organizational Behavior and Change Management, Data-driven Decision-making, and Ethical Decision-making. In the leadership core, learners will gain a clear understanding of the following:

  • what they bring to the leadership relationship;
  • how groups and teams are formed and best function;
  • how people act in organizations and how to manage and guide change efforts;
  • how to leverage and make decisions about technology for organizational growth;
  • how human resource development principles and law operate in tandem;
  • the role and how to’s of effective coaching, mentoring and career development in the workplace.

The skills dimension of the ILOD concentration will empower learners to become effective consumers, examiners, and producers of research. Additionally, program participants will acquire knowledge of program evaluation and development, grant-writing and resource development, and adult learning principles and how these principles can be applied to leadership efforts in areas such as training and professional development. Effective communication is also a part of the Leadership and Learning skills set and addressed in all classes. A culminating capstone experience calls for a synthesis of the leadership core and skills dimension in a final project.

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For me, learning about emotional intelligence and having a greater understanding of how to really collaborate and work WITH my colleagues has been a tremendous asset. I have been able to better articulate my own concerns and opinions in a much more constructive way. I have a greater confidence in my ability to recognize problem areas in our organization and now feel I am better equipped with the knowledge and tools to creatively problem solve. Through the completion of this program, I have a different perspective of leadership, organizations and the workplace in general, than I ever have. I finally recognize that despite your position or title, there is always potential to lead where you are and this program has given me the confidence to embrace that.

Ginny Garzon 2012 ILOD alum

Program of Study

The M.S.. in Instructional Leadership and Organization Development (ILOD) concentration was designed by Jacksonville University to meet the growing demand for professional development of the practicing and prospective leaders, managers and other executives, for the 21st-century. The Master’s degree concentration is designed to meet the needs of students with interests both within and outside the traditional public school arena, and will include general education theory and practice, education administration, and community-based programs. The concentration is geared towards improving the knowledge and understanding of the participants, by relating leadership theory, adult learning theory and best practices in leadership to their own contexts and situations.

Total: 34 credit hours

Required Courses

  • EDL 560: Instruction and Evaluation (3)
  • EDL 538: Adult Learning (3)

Core Curriculum

  • EDL 544: Leadership and Learning I: Self-Assessment and Interpersonal Development​ (4)
  • EDL 548​: Leadership and Learning II: Organizational Behavior / ​Change Management ​(4)
  • EDL 549: Leadership and Learning III: Data-driven Decision Making ​(4)
  • EDL 554: Leadership and Learning IV: Ethical Decision Making (4)
  • EDL 543: Introduction to Educational Research (3)
  • EDL 547: Grant Writing and Resource Development (3)
  • EDL 558: Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Leadership and Learning ​(3)
  • EDL 559: Leadership Capstone (3)

“I remember sitting in Dr. James's office the first week of classes sharing with her my concern regarding if this program was "meant for me." Although many would have assumed I would be sure after moving from New York to attend this master's program, my concerns grew from being one of the youngest in the class and wondering if "I was ready." Having completed this program, I can honestly say that this program was designed for those like myself- individuals who have an inner strength and unsure where to begin. This program teaches you to address your mindset first and foremost. Once within this program, I realized that having those initial thoughts may have been natural at the time, but the change would need to come after identifying and adjusting my mindset as a "leader." The professors within this program really aided me in determining my direction and what talents and skills to tap into and strengthen. The emphasis placed on changing my mindset was one of the things that I believed helped me to transition from "Am I too young? Am I ready?" to "I am ready because I believe I am." After graduation, I interned at the United Nations with the Voices of African Mothers Organization (VAM), an organization that works to establish a peaceful African continent by using the methods of conflict resolution and diplomacy. Currently, I am working in the HR field. THANK YOU JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY!"

Alicia K. Patten 2012 ILOD alum

I think the program was amazing. I searched for several years for the right master’s program and couldn't find one that I could balance with my busy elementary teaching schedule and family until I found the ILOD program at JU. The goals for the program aligned with my personal goals and the courses offered were designed in a way that I could still teach full time, have time for my family, and balance course work. I was excited to begin my new adventure.

The program prepared me for leadership in the field of education in so many ways. It helped me become a better grant writer, presenter, and researcher. The program allowed me the flexibility to explore and research the areas that I was interested in and I was able to immediately apply them to my job. The professors took the time to get to know us as learners and modeled best practices throughout the program. Being part of a cohort provided support throughout the program and an amazing network of professionals. Because of the program at JU, I decided to further my education and work to obtain my doctorate degree. I am currently in the second year of my doctoral program at Texas A&M. JU prepared me for the rigor of research and academia required to be successful in this program. I am a proud JU ILOD alumni.

Melissa Ross 2012 ILOD alum