Workforce Education and Development Requirements

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The School of Education offers a major in Workforce Education and Development (WED) with a specialization in Organizational Training and Development. Graduates with the degree under the Organizational Training and Development specialization are prepared for such positions as instruction and learning (training) specialist, training curriculum developer/instructional systems designer, human resource specialist, or internal auditor/training evaluator in private sector training departments. On approval of the program, students may complete a minor in WED major within the Organizational Training and Development specialization. A grade of C or better is required in all WED prefix courses.

Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Workforce Education and Development Degree Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
WED Core Requirement: WED 466 3
Recommended Courses for Major in Workforce Education and Development 78
Total 1 120

1 42 hours of upper level (300-400) coursework is required to meet Senior Institution Hours. All students must complete at least 42 credit hours at SIU to fulfill residency requirements and complete the degree.

Organizational Training and Development Specialization

The purpose of the Organizational Training and Development (OTD) specialization is to prepare people for training and development positions in corporate, apprenticeship, proprietary, government, military and volunteer organizations, as well as, community colleges and other post-secondary technical institutions. OTD students are prepared in the areas of instruction and learning, training program development, administration, and supervision. Also, the OTD specialization establishes a sound academic base for advanced study in the WED graduate concentration. OTD graduates are prepared as technical instructors, occupational analysts, curriculum designers, curriculum writers, managers, supervisors, and related training and development positions.

The OTD specialization is comprised of “Regular” and “Capstone” options. Both options have University Core, Professional Sequence, Occupational Training, and Work Experience requirements. The semester hours posted for each area represent the minimum number of semester hours needed to complete the 120 semester hour requirement for graduation.

B.S. Workforce Education and Development - Organizational Training and Development Specialization Degree Requirements

Degree RequirementsCredit Hours
University Core Curriculum Requirements 39
WED Core Requirement: WED 466 3
Recommended Professional Sequence 33
WED 381, WED 382, WED 460, WED 461, WED 462, WED 463, WED 465, WED 468, WED 469, WED 486, WED 498
Occupational Training: 29 semester hours minimum 29
WED 259 and/or WED 359, and technical/professional transfer work
Work experience: 16 semester hours minimum 1 16
WED 258 and/or WED 358
Total 120

1 All students must complete at least 42 credit hours at SIU to fulfill the residency requirement and complete the degree. Students who complete fewer than 16 semester hours of work experience should consult with their advisor to select courses that will satisfy both the work experience and residency requirements.

Workforce Education and Development Minor

A minor in Workforce Education and Development consists of 20 hours. The student and advisor plan minors for Workforce Education and Development.

Capstone Option for Transfer Students

The SIU Capstone Option may be available to eligible students who have earned an associates degree or the equivalent. The Capstone Option reduces the University Core Curriculum requirements from 39 to 30 hours, therefore reducing the time to degree completion. See the Capstone Option section for more information on this option.