NYU LogoIf you want to build or enhance your professional skills, consider the New York University’s Master’s program in Business Education or NYU’s 18-credit certificate program in Workplace Learning.  I serve on the advisory board and have been a guest speaker and have personally witnessed the growth of this program over the years.   Its origins come from the very first program in Business Education in America at the turn of the century and has a proud history of defining and developing this profession with its thought leadership.

Bridget OConnorThe program is led by Dr. Bridget O’Connor, co-author of Learning at Work (HRD Press, 2007) and the forthcoming SAGE Handbook of Workplace Learning among many others. At New York University, she was elected by The Steinhardt School of Education faculty to serve as a member of the NYU Faculty Senators Council (FSC).    She has received numerous awards for her teaching, service, and scholarship. In 2009, she was the Steinhardt School’s nominee for the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award.   In January, 2006, she was a Fulbright Senior Specialist at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.  Additionally, she was awarded the prestigious John Robert Gregg Award for her lifetime contributions to Business Education, the Elvin S. Eyster Award for Excellence in Business Education from Indiana University, the Professor of the Year Award from NYU’s School of Education, and the Educator of the Year Award from both the Eastern Business Educational Association and the Business Education Association of Metropolitan New York.    In addition to her academic work, she has had an active corporate consulting practice, including working with JetBlue University in developing its faculty.   Her early adult years were spent as a Peace Corp volunteer in Afghanistan.

Who should consider this program?   Individuals who have strong business content and are able to apply concepts and skills related to adult learning, workplace learning, lifelong learning, instructional design and delivery, curriculum development, and research have important educational roles to play. Job titles of alumni and current students include:

  • Community College Instructor (accounting, finance, marketing, management)
  • Senior Learning Specialist
  • Corporate Sales Trainer
  • Manager of IT Training & Knowledge Management
  • Director, Program Design
  • Curriculum Developer
  • Workplace Learning Consultant
  • Organizational Development and Productivity Specialist

Students are great “doers”–part-time, adult students currently working in the field but with no formal background in learning theory, curriculum development, instructional design, and the like.  Through this program, learners get the professional polishing needed to advance in the field and take on increasingly more complex assignments in their workplaces.   Theory, vocabulary, best practices, perspectives, and networking opportunities are all part of what makes this Greenwich Village program so relevant to those enrolled and its alumni.  Check out the program’s website:   http://steinhardt.nyu.edu/alt/businessed/ma

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