Teachable Subjects Based on My Degree

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by Pugbelly2, Apr 20, 2023.

  1. Pugbelly2

    Pugbelly2 Member

    Virtually all of us know that a graduate degree with at least 18 hours in a given concentration is what's required to teach at the college level. I'm looking to the more experienced members of this board for their thoughts based on my current degree. More specifically, I am looking for feedback on which programs/courses my current degree might qualify me to teach based on the individual courses that comprise my degree.

    Degree: Master of Science in Organizational Performance
    Institution: Earned from Bellevue University (RA)

    Courses that comprise the degree:

    1. Performance Management
    2. Designing & Conducting Performance Improvement Interventions
    3. Coaching & Mentoring for High Performance
    4. Leading for Innovations
    5. Leading Organizational Change
    6. Stimulating Creativity in Organizations
    7. Organizational Design
    8. Human Resources Management
    9. Applied Management Research
    10. Ethical decision Making
    11. Crafting a Strategic Vision
    12. Applied Project

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  2. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    The coursework is screaming leadership. Perhaps you could even teach business courses.
  3. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    No, we don't. That is often cited, especially at community colleges, but it isn't a universal rule. And even where it is applied, I'm sure it is interpreted differently across the spectrum.
  4. AsianStew

    AsianStew Moderator Staff Member

    Basically Business, you can break it down to a couple - Leadership, Management, and if needed a third - your major, Organizational Performance.
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  5. chrisjm18

    chrisjm18 Well-Known Member

    I agree 100%. It happens more than people think.

    I am teaching a PSYC 400-level course (seminar) this semester. This seminar course focuses on criminal profiling. However, this is a psychology course. Many of the students are psych majors, while others are criminal justice students. The faculty who was supposed to teach it was a qualified psychology faculty. However, I took the course when they resigned just before the semester was supposed to start. I have no graduate-level training in psychology.
  6. JoshD

    JoshD Well-Known Member

    The coursework would lend its hand to leadership and management. You’d certainly be teaching some poet courses unless your undergrad is very quant heavy.
  7. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Beware. A lot of receiving institutions will be extremely persnickety about course codes. If the courses in this program are ORP (or whatever) and not BUS or MAN or MGT, you may have a surprising amount of trouble being considered academically qualified to teach no matter how ridiculous that is.
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  8. Pugbelly2

    Pugbelly2 Member

    That's precisely my concern. Each of the 12 courses have a prefix of MSOP.
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  11. cacoleman1983

    cacoleman1983 Well-Known Member

    It will depend on the courses you take and how the schools you apply to interprets them. It looks like the Kairos PhD is geared more towards the humanities so you would likely be qualified to teach courses in history, theology, anthropology, literature, etc.
  12. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    I don't know how this implication can be drawn. The PhD at Kairos is not in any particular discipline. (The student chooses the discipline for the dissertation.)

    The courses leading up to the dissertation prepare the student to examine/research questions; it is not a curriculum in any academic subject. The theology and anthropology courses are to prepare one to use them as processes for research. Same with history and epistemology (the study of knowing). The three on theory and practice are about constructing a literature review and a research project.

    In other words, these courses are not about those subjects, but how to use them in one's research.

    Pug's question is a tough one because there is no set curriculum in a particular discipline. You get a PhD, not a PhD in a subject. Thus, I see three pathways:
    • Landing a job or teaching assignment based on your dissertation research, or
    • Based on your master's work, or
    • Based on the fact that they need you to have a PhD and aren't too concerned about what it's in.
    I think it would be best to know the answer to Pug's question--and who you are in general--before embarking on this one.

    Every time I go back and look at this PhD, I grow ever more impressed with their refreshing--yet historical--approach to the doctorate.

    By the way, despite the PhD designation, this can be either a scholarly or professional doctorate.
  13. cacoleman1983

    cacoleman1983 Well-Known Member

    Oh ok... That's interesting. I thought there would be courses that would lend to a certain specialty. I did not know that this was a PhD without a specialty. I guess this would be similar to a PhD in interdisciplinary studies. I personally think that it would likely qualify a person to teach the subjects I mentioned but will still be focused more on what one does during the Masters coursework or the dissertation topic as you stated.
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  14. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    Again, no. It is not interdisciplinary. Each student selects a discipline, which is based on the research topic.

    Interdisciplinarity is a different concept entirely. It involves using theories--and methodologies--from multiple disciplines in one's research. (This was the basis for a Union PhD when I was there.)

    For example, in my Leicester thesis, I leveraged theories from human resource development, sociology, and upper management theory in constructing my own theory about the Chief Learning Officer. (I did an inductive study to create theory instead of a deductive study to test theory.) This was not required, but my experience with interdisciplinarity really came in handy as the data emerged and the phenomenon was more complex than a simple explanation would allow.

    I like the Kairos PhD because of its emphasis on epistemology, history, etc. as a way of knowing the ontology of the area being researched. Also, I like the fact that the emphasis is on the research contribution, not just another set of courses and a disconnected dissertation. And the cost. I don't like the need to "faith-base" your research. And while I like the residencies, they involve quite a few trips to Sioux Falls. YMMV on that one.
  15. Pugbelly2

    Pugbelly2 Member

    I appreciate all of the feedback, folks. I am truly intrigued by this PhD option. The travel to SD doesn't bother me. It's 3 days twice per year. I understand that's a lot for some, but in my eyes the on campus experience trumps the inconvenience. The Christian worldview aspect is a plus in my eyes but I recognize it isn't for everyone. I am a Christian and am only looking at Christian schools right now. I've done the secular thing with academics and career for a very long time, mostly as a means to an end to support my family. I told myself a long time ago that if I ever pursue another degree it would either be something in the realm of Biblical Studies or Theology, or if secular in nature would be learned and applied through a faith-based lens.

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