Bachelor of Arts in Adult and Organizational Development

Temple University’s Bachelor of Arts in Adult and Organizational Development is comprehensive and systems-focused, and will help you to develop the skills and knowledge you need to be an effective change agent in any organization. Become a leader who guides individuals, organizations and teams through the challenging process of adapting to change.

The Adult and Organizational Development degree can be completed on Main Campus in Philadelphia. It pushes you to

  • conquer the complexity of communication styles to identify different styles and what they can reveal about the roots of conflicts;
  • develop effective instructional strategies to facilitate adult and team learning, and then design and implement effective training programs; and
  • master the peacemaking process, in order to recognize and mediate different conflict types and negotiate appropriate resolutions for communities, families, organizations and schools.

You’ll also finish your degree program by completing a field assignment at one of the hundreds of community groups, corporations, government agencies, schools and social service agencies in the Philadelphia area. In addition, you’ll observe how management and staff lead teams, manage change, mediate conflicts, and train adults in the social context of a bustling, culturally diverse region.

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+1 Accelerated Programs

For particularly focused students, the College of Education offers accelerated programs, which include the Adult & Organizational Development BA and the Adult & Organizational Development MEd. Qualified students earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in one five-year course of study, instead of taking the usual six years. Learn more about the College of Education’s +1 accelerated programs.

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Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $16,080.00 per year
Out-of-state: $28,992.00 per year

Student Clubs & Organizations

Participating in student groups provides peer support and future professional contacts. It also presents opportunities to give back to the community, either locally or globally. Explore the opportunities available through organizations such as

  • Be The Change, an organization that provides education and healthcare services to communities in North Philadelphia and overseas;
  • Black Diamonds Union, which works to celebrate and disseminate education about black culture at Temple University and in Philadelphia’s wider urban community;
  • College of Education Student Council, a group that provides students with leadership opportunities and a chance to effect change;   
  • Grandma’s Kids, a K through grade 5 afterschool program that focuses on homework, as well as academic, emotional and social support;
  • Jumpstart, a national early education organization that trains students to work with preschool children in low-income neighborhoods;
  • Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society, which promotes academic excellence and a network for those who are committed to teaching;
  • The Petey Greene Program at Temple University, an organization that supports prisoner education by training volunteers to provide weekly tutoring sessions to inmates in four correctional facilities in Philadelphia;
  • Temple University - Students Teaching Underrepresented Developing Youth (TU-STUDY), a group that assists children and adults in the greater Philadelphia area with advising, tutoring and other kinds of support in overcoming learning challenges;
  • Temple Student Pennsylvania State Education Association, which increases esteem for educational professions among teacher candidates, constructively affects the process of teacher education and represents students regarding these issues; and
  • Treehouse Books, a literacy center near Temple’s Main Campus where students can engage in literacy service work.

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For more information about this program, the College of Education, how to apply for admission, and your application status, contact Enrollment Management.

Enrollment Management
Phone: 215-204-8011