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.

Evidence
EDCL 715QUALITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS1-1.5
EDCL 716QUANTITATIVE DATA ANALYSIS1-1.5
EDCL 717RESEARCH DESIGN & DELIVERY1-1.5
Technology
EDCL 701LEARNING TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE1-1.5
EDCL 702TECHNOLOGY STRATEGIES FOR CORPORATE LEARNERS1-1.5
EDCL 703MANAGING TECHNOLOGY IN THE WORKPLACE1-1.5
Leadership
EDCL 704INDIVIDUAL EFFECTIVENESS1-1.5
EDCL 705ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP1-1.5
EDCL 706FUNCTIONAL LEADERSHIP1-1.5
EDCL 707LEARNING LEADER AS PERFORMANCE CONSULTANT1-1.5
Masters
EDCL 714MASTERS THESIS (CLO)1.0
Learning
EDCL 708ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS1-1.5
EDCL 709ORGANIZATIONAL LEARNING1-1.5
EDCL 710INDIVIDUAL AND SOCIAL LEARNING1-1.5
Business Acumen
EDCL 711MARKETING FOR EXECUTIVES1-1.5
EDCL 712FINANCE FOR EXECUTIVES1-1.5
EDCL 713MANAGEMENT FOR EXECUTIVES1-1.5
Dissertation
EDCL 995ADVANCED DISSERTATION RESEARCH METHODS1.0
Total Course Units19

 Required Milestones: 

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 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.