Penn Chief Learning Officer, EdD

The PennCLO Executive Doctoral Program prepares the Chief Learning Officer (CLO) and other senior-level executives for success in their roles as learning and talent development leaders. Developing an organization's talent is a critical component of its success. Learning leaders who are committed to human capital development within organizations must use evidence-based practice to create and oversee leadership development, learning, and managerial initiatives.  The program provides a rigorous academic environment where members build the skills necessary to ensure successful learning outcomes that will align with the organization's strategy.


A total of 19 course units is required for graduation. 

EDCL 7150Qualitative Data Analysis1-1.5
EDCL 7160Quantitative Data Analysis1-1.5
EDCL 7170Research Design & Delivery1-1.5
EDCL 7010Learning Technology in the Workplace1-1.5
EDCL 7020Technology Strategies for Corporate Learners1-1.5
EDCL 7030Managing Technology in the Workplace1-1.5
EDCL 7040Individual Effectiveness1-1.5
EDCL 7050Organizational Leadership1-1.5
EDCL 7060Functional Leadership1-1.5
EDCL 7070Learning Leader as Performance Consultant1-1.5
Master's Thesis and Preparation for Dissertation
EDCL 7140Masters Thesis (CLO)1.0
EDCL 7080Organizational Effectiveness1-1.5
EDCL 7090Organizational Learning1-1.5
EDCL 7100Individual and Social Learning1-1.5
Business Acumen
EDCL 7110Marketing for Executives1-1.5
EDCL 7120Finance for Executives1-1.5
EDCL 7130Management for Executives1-1.5
EDCL 9950Advanced Dissertation Research Methods0
Total Course Units19

Required Milestones: 

Master's Thesis

The Master’s Thesis consists of a complete literature review of a proposed topic that will be the foundation for a first draft of the student's dissertation literature review. 

Qualifications Evaluation (Also known as Program Candidacy) 

The purpose of program candidacy is to provide rigorous review and feedback to Ed.D. students regarding their academic progress within the first two years of study. Program candidacy is a prerequisite to doctoral candidacy. 

Preliminary Examinations (Also known as Doctoral Candidacy) 

The preliminary examination is a test of knowledge in the candidate’s area of specialization. The examination requires students to demonstrate knowledge and reasoning in the key content areas in their specialization as specified by the academic division. The format of the examination varies from program to program, but must include at least six hours of examination, at least three hours of which must be written.

Oral Proposal 

All doctoral candidates must present their dissertation proposals orally and in person to the dissertation committee.

Final Defense of the Dissertation  

The final dissertation defense is approximately two hours in length and is based upon the candidate’s dissertation.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.