Program Emphases

Several special emphases are available in the program. Each is built on a central core of 16 required credits out of the minimum 36 credits for a degree program. Each emphasis will involve 10 to 15 credits of coursework.

Leadership and Supervision
This emphasis will allow the graduate student to develop competencies in the areas of organizational leadership, team work, and organizational development. There are also opportunities to acquire competencies in the areas of supervision and administration.

Technology Applications
Graduate students in this emphasis will develop a general conceptual structure of technology and how technology impacts our lives. New technology and technological trends will be explored. In addition, students will gain expertise in using various techniques to monitor technological trends. They will develop competency in technology forecasting and identifying the implications of technological change for their curriculums.

Safety and Environmental Control
Course work in this emphasis develops competency in identifying environmental, health, and safety risks; developing controls; and implementing programs.

This emphasis will allow the graduate student to develop an up-to-date knowledge of the latest manufacturing systems and technology. The technology includes the latest in CAD software, computer integrated manufacturing systems, and technology transfer processes.

Program Development and Evaluation
The coursework in this emphasis will develop the ability to design a new program from the original needs assessment to develop the courses needed for the program. Students will learn how to use cross-disciplinary teams to develop applied and integrated curricula. Also, they will develop competency in the design of program evaluations.

Students will acquire a knowledge of how to work effectively with people from different cultural, social, religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Curriculum and Instruction
This emphasis provides an opportunity to develop advanced competencies in designing instructional methods, learning activities, and courses. Alternative delivery systems will be explored. Students will develop competency in using new technology and techniques including computer assisted instruction in teaching students a variety of competencies.

Students in this emphasis will develop competency in developing and implementing training programs in business and industry. Students will be introduced to the nature of training in business and industry and effective techniques for developing training programs and instructing adults. Students will also acquire a knowledge of how to evaluate these programs.