B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Learning

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Apply Now!The UofL B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Learning (OLL) is an AAACE Award winning program designed for busy adults with extensive and documented work experience and/or military training, and who are seeking a bachelor's degree. This program will ignite your career and provide you with the 21st century skills required for advancement and, will provide you with the opportunity to change careers. It's the program of choice for those seeking an extra edge in today's competitive and ever-changing job market. Coupled with tremendous savings through our nationally acclaimed Prior Learning Assessment class and by providing the online or on campus options, this program will help you become even more effective and relevant in any organization. Take the first step in changing the direction of your life and Apply Today!.

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Bachelor's in Organizational Leadership & Learning
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Designed for adults with prior extensive work and/or military experience! Enroll in 8-week courses offered completely online or face-to-face in the Louisville metro area and on base at Fort Knox. Students vary in age and industry backgrounds.
Through LEAD 300, a course called Prior Learning Assessment, students create a portfolio with support of faculty, which allows students to request up to 48 hours of college credit for free; these credits count toward work specialization credits for the degree.
The degree is relevant to many in corporate, non-profit, and military sectors, with on-the-job assignments, and education that contributes to careers in multiple fields, such as training, human resources, workforce development and more.

Available online or in the classroom. Your choice.

Bachelor’s Veterans Ed badgeOur internationally known faculty teach classes fully online as well as in-person. And, as the recipient for the Best Online Program for Veterans 2020 we're especially proud to provide a program which allows service members to leverage their military training for course credit. Hear from a Military Graduate.


Student Testimonial

Brandon Smith"I recommend the UofL B.S. Organizational Leadership to everyone - it has sparked a new fire in me! I have advisors and mentors who are excited to see me graduate and the credentials I'm gaining are a perfect fit for any industry."

- Brandon Smith

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Online Info Session
Bachelor's in Organizational Leadership & Learning
May 13, 2021 | 12:00pm EST
RSVP link coming soon!

Bachelor’s Veterans Ed badgeThe biggest benefit of online learning is that you can work to earn your degree from your own home while raising your family, working full time, or experiencing particular life circumstances that make commuting to campus difficult or impossible. At UofL, you are taught by the same world class faculty as our students taking face-to-face courses. You read the same textbooks, do many of the same assignments and earn the same degrees. The biggest difference is that you are able to do it in a way that best fits your lifestyle.

Be prepared for online learning. Online learning is learning that is facilitated in an online environment. Rather than attend class in a traditional classroom setting, online learning allows you to "go to class" when it's convenient for you whether that's 5 a.m. or 11 p.m.

UofL Online Learning website.

UofL Online Learning Request Form.

Will you be a successful online learner?

Online learning is not for everyone. Successful online students...

  • Have a desire to learn online
  • Are motivated
  • Have strong time management and organizational skills
  • Can work independently
  • Have college level reading and writing skills
  • Are not afraid to speak up when problems arise

For more information, read the Keys to Successful Online Learning.
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There are three components necessary to complete the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning:

These courses provide you with skills in thinking critically, communicating effectively, and understanding and appreciating cultural diversity. If you have some college and no degree, you will likely have met many of these requirements and will not be required to repeat courses already completed.
This degree program offers four tracks (see below) and is designed specifically for adult learners with significant workforce knowledge and experience. The content will be tailored to each students' perspective and draw heavily on current and past work experience in order to provide you with additional skills to move to the next level in your professional career.
Work Specialization (portfolio credits for prior workplace learning can provide this component)
(48 credit hours)
An innovative part of the program is the Work Specialization that provides credits for previous learning through military training, industry certifications, professional development, continuing education units, and/or on the job training. You will earn credit (up to 48 hours) by paying only for a 3-hour course and completing Prior Learning Assessment Documents. You can also use previous college course work to fulfill elective credit hours.

Degree Program Options

Counseling and Human Relations

Undergraduate Catalog

The counseling and human relations focused coursework aims to develop your foundational knowledge of the mental health needs of culturally-diverse populations, mental health methodology and techniques, and how to effectively apply this knowledge in your leadership and management strategies. As a student of this program you’ll gain the skillset to become an emotionally intelligent leader within your organization or community.

Leadership, Training and Organizational Development (LTOD)

Undergraduate Catalog

The LTOD track is designed for professionals seeking to develop 21st century skills in leadership and knowledge for improving organizational and employee effectiveness related to productivity, work satisfaction, morale and/or quality of work life. This option is designed for professionals across industries and the armed services who seek to and/or work with clients and/or various stakeholders to enhance workplace learning and improve organizational performance. All courses are available online, face-to-face in the evenings in Louisville, and at the Fort Knox Extended Campus.

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Healthcare Leadership (HCL)

Undergraduate Catalog

The HCL track is designed specifically for healthcare professionals who are seeking to lead in the 21st century healthcare field. The curriculum is based on the National Center for Healthcare Leadership's (NCHL.org) competency model; the first of it's kind in the United States. Students capitalize on their existing knowledge and experience to obtain their bachelor’s degree at their own pace. This is done using the innovative method known as competency-based education (CBE). The degree will help healthcare professionals enhance their skills in leadership, organizational change, workplace development and performance, project management and advance in their organizations.

This track offers two enrollment options: flex option and term option

Flex option: Students have 32 weeks to move through the program materials at their own pace, providing more flexibility and self-direction.

Term option: Students enroll in 8-week courses and complete each course within a pre-determined time frame, offering the benefits of accelerated courses within a more traditional university structure.

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Undergraduate Catalog

The ECE track will provide the credentials needed to reach the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s level 3 status, for exceptional teaching practices and leadership. In addition to the level 3 status, obtaining this bachelor’s degree will also prepare you as a leader in your organization and provide you with access to higher pay and greater job security, and a path to alternative teacher certification or advanced education at a master’s level. Graduates of this program can earn additional teaching certifications by completing their Master of Arts in Teaching online at UofL. Note: Graduates of this program will not be licensed or certified to teach in K-12 classrooms. This program is designed for Pre-K classrooms.

"This program creates an important pathway for professionals in early childcare education to complete their bachelor’s degree and receive college credit for their work experience and knowledge."
— Lori Norton-Meier, Ph.D. Program Director

Career and Technical Education (CTE)

Undergraduate Catalog

The CTE track is designed for career and technical education instructors participating in the Kentucky New Teacher Institute. It is for professionals who have obtained positions as teachers of career and technical education in technical centers or secondary schools. Courses focus on teaching, evaluation and classroom management skills. To qualify, an individual must document 2,000 hours of prior work experience in an approved occupation. Three of the qualifying years of work experience must have occurred in the last five years of their work history. The 64-hour Rank Change program requires 21 hours in the industrial education track, 24 hours in the Occupation/Specialization, and 20 hours in general education. Graduates of this program receive a Rank II from the Department of Education by completing the TC-1 form.

Admission Requirements

To gain admission to the B.S. OLL program, students must have prior college experience or an associate's degree, a cumulative GPA of 2.25 (applicants with a 2.0 - 2.24 GPA may inquire about conditional admission) and extensive workplace experience and/or military or industry training. Please visit the Undergraduate Admissions website for details: http://louisville.edu/admissions/apply/requirements.

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Deadline for Applications

New students can begin courses at multiple points in the year. All application materials should be submitted by the following dates:

  • Begin courses in August, complete application by July 1.
  • Begin courses in January, complete application by November 1.
  • Begin courses in May or June, complete application by April 1.

Please note: If you cannot meet these deadlines, please contact us at ollinfo@louisville.edu to inquire as to whether you can still be admitted.

Project Graduate

Do you have 90 credit hours or more? If so, you qualify for Project Graduate, which can waive your application fee, provide priority enrollment, and a fast-track application process. Visit the Project Graduate website to learn more.



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Career Opportunities

The Organizational Learning and Leadership (OLL) Program can lead to career opportunities in areas of training development, human resource and workforce development roles. The program prepares you to lead training in your specialization area, develop performance improvement interventions, and manage and evaluate human resource projects.

The B.S. OLL degree program opens doors for new opportunities for students in their current careers and/or prepares graduates to pursue careers in many areas including:

Human Resources: HR Specialist, HR Manager, HR Director

Training and Development: Corporate Training, Training Specialist, Training Coordinator, Instructional Design

Job Outlook: The following information was obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Employment is expected to grow much faster than the average for all human resources, training, and labor relations managers, and specialists occupations. College graduates and those who have earned certification should have the best job opportunities.

Overall employment is projected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Legislation and court rulings revising standards in various areas—occupational safety and health, equal employment opportunity, wages, health care, retirement plans, and family leave, among others—will increase demand for human resources, training, and labor relations experts. Rising health care costs and a growing number of health care coverage options should continue to spur demand for specialists to develop creative compensation and benefits packages that companies can offer prospective employees.

Review the following links for additional career and certification opportunities:

Organizations which support these careers and offer certification opportunities:

  1. SHRM - Society for Human Resource Management
    The Society for Human Resource Management is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. Representing more than 250,000 members in over 140 countries, the Society serves the needs of HR professionals and advances the interests of the HR profession. Founded in 1948, SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China and India
    Learn more about membership, certification workshops (PHR, SPRH and GPHR), and HR careers at http://www.shrm.org
  2. ATD - Association for Talent Development
    ATD is the world's largest association dedicated to workplace learning and performance professionals. ATD's members come from more than 100 countries and connect locally in more than 130 U.S. chapters and with more than 30 international partners. Members work in thousands of organizations of all sizes, in government, as independent consultants, and suppliers. Started in 1943, in recent years ATD has widened the profession’s focus to link learning and performance to individual and organizational results, and is a sought-after voice on critical public policy issues.
    Learn more about membership, certifications (CPLP), and careers at https://www.td.org/
  3. PMI - Project Management Institute
    Founded in 1969, PMI advances the practice, science and profession of project management. Learn more about membership, certifications (CAPM, PMP) and careers at http://www.pmi.org

Financial Aid

College is one of the biggest expenses you'll have in your lifetime, but it is an investment that will pay off in higher income, expanded career opportunities, and greater personal satisfaction throughout your life. Numerous sources of financial aid can help you pay for college.

The process of locating aid and applying for it can be intimidating. Take it step-by-step and don't hesitate to ask for assistance from the knowledgeable financial aid counselors in UofL's financial aid office.

In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.


The B.S. Organizational Leadership and Learning program is offered fully online or available in the classroom in the evenings at these locations:

  • Downtown Louisville - Louisville Free Public Library
  • East Louisville - UofL Shelby Hurst
  • Fort Knox - Save even more by attending class on base. Students pay only $250.00 per credit hour when taking in-person classes at Fort Knox

The flagship Leadership, Training, and Organizational Development option focuses on developing skills in leadership, organizational development, workplace learning, and organizational effectiveness. Students in this track are typically employed, or aspire to be in a leadership position within their organization and/or within the Armed Forces.

The Career and Technical Education option is designed for industrial instructors in secondary schools and prepares them to become state certified in order to maintain their teaching positions.

The Healthcare Leadership option is designed for healthcare professionals to capitalize on existing knowledge and experience to obtain their bachelor's degree at their own pace and enhance their skills in leadership, organizational change, workplace development and performance, and attain higher-level positions in their organization.

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) track enables you to help at-risk learners in low-income or impoverished communities by developing your core education knowledge and communication skills—allowing you to work with children as well as their families or caretakers. You will gain proven interdisciplinary early childhood education expertise and learn to apply practical knowledge through the program’s commitment to three pillars. If you’re looking to start or advance your career as a childcare professional, preschool teacher, infant-toddler teacher, teaching assistant, Head Start teacher, a center director, or in other interdisciplinary early childhood education areas, our program can help you get there.

As a student you are welcome to participate in the Emerging HR Professionals Mentor Program managed by Shelly Trent who is the KY SHRM College Relations Director. If you're interested in participating contact Shelly Trent via email shellytrent@live.com.

Yes, as long as you have been admitted to the College of Education & Human Development and the BS OLL degree program. The academic counselor will work with you to identify the necessary courses and options for completing courses through UofL or through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

No, you will earn those credits free of charge! In other words, by completing the LEAD 300 Prior Learning Assessment course (which is a 3-credit hour class at normal tuition cost), and submitting a completed portfolio in which you will document and validate your work experience (i.e., on-the-job training, professional development, etc.) and/or military and /or industry training; you will be credited (based upon Committee decision), at NO cost, up to 48 credit hours depending upon area of study chosen.

Tuition amounts may change each year as determined by the UofL Board of Trustees. For current tuition rates, please visit the Bursar's Office Tuition page.

Please visit the Financial Aid website or contact the University of Louisville Financial Aid office at 502-852-5511. There are currently 21 outside "degree specific" scholarships and website links for additional scholarship information.

Yes. Please visit the Bursar's Office website on tuition for details.

The orientation will help you to understand the academic culture and expectations for each academic unit and the resources available to you. You will complete this step online or on campus. Learn more by going to the online orientation website.

You must have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours with a GPA of 2.25. If you do not meet this requirement, the University has "online" and campus based options to help you get that done.

Please contact the Kentucky State Board of Proprietary Education at 502-564-3296 ext. 227.

You can find information about translation on the World Education Services website.

Yes. One of the requirements for graduation is satisfactory completion of the courses within the area of study chosen. Students admitted into this program, will receive a Program Sheet with the academic and exit requirements.

Yes. For example, some students will go on to a Master of Science in English, Human Resources and Organization Development, etc. The graduate program you are seeking will be the determining factor. For more information on Graduate Programs offered, visit the Graduate School website.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is an efficient way of earning college credit for college-level knowledge acquired through experiences and trainings outside of the classroom. PLA can help save prospective students time and money. To learn more, check out our PLA website by clicking the link below.

Prior Learning Assessment Website
PLA Database

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