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Course Requirements

Following is a discussion of the course requirements of the OTD specialization. The Regular option of the specialization is comprised of a University Core, OTD Professional Sequence, Occupational Training and Work Experience. The Capstone option has the same four major components, but with an additional 11 semester hour Capstone Component. Both options require 120 semester hours for graduation. Illustrations of the Regular and Capstone options of the OTD specialization appear in the "General Information" section of the OTD homepage.

University Core

The University requires 41 credit hours of coursework distributed across three general areas. University Core requirements for both the Regular and Capstone options can be found at the Core Curriculum website

Recommended Professional Sequence

The OTD Recommended Professional Sequence requires 36 semester hours for completion. Following is the list of recommended professional sequence courses.

  • WED 381-3 Technical Communication
  • WED 382-3 Developing Your Career
  • WED 460-3 Occupational Analysis and Curriculum Development
  • WED 461-3 Workforce Education Needs Assessment
  • WED 462-3 Instructional Methods and Materials
  • WED 463-3 Assessment of Learner Performance
  • WED 465-3 The Human Resource Specialist
  • WED 466-3 Foundations of Work Education
  • WED 468-3 Education/Labor Force Linkages
  • WED 469-3 Training Systems Management
  • WED 486-3 Adult Learning
  • WED 498-3 Special Problems

Occupational Training

Occupational training includes all formalized instruction beyond high school that prepares individuals for employment. The training can have been earned at accredited two- and four-year educational institutions; corporate, apprenticeship, proprietary, government, military and volunteer organizations; non-accredited post-secondary technical institutions; or a combination thereof. The amount of credit to be awarded is determined by a departmental assessment of the student’s occupational training record. The credit will be awarded once the student has completed 12 semester hours of WED coursework with a 2.0 or better GPA. A student must be able to document 27 semester hours of credit (1700 clockhours) to meet the occupational training requirement.

Professional credit earned at SIUC, transfer credit earned at other accredited four-year educational institutions, or technical credit transferred from accredited two-year educational institutions can be used to meet the occupational training requirement. Also, training received from non-accredited organizations will be recognized and credit awarded by way of WED 259* or WED 359.

WED 359 - Occupational Training

Training offered by each of the aforementioned "other-than-education" organizations must be recognized by an outside professional association(s) or accrediting body or bodies.

The criteria for awarding WED 359 credit are as follows:

  • Minimum requirement: 27 semester hours of credit.
  • Maximum award: All recognized, non-transferable, occupational training can be awarded WED 359 credit.
  • Occupational training must correspond with the student’s work experience.
  • WED 359 training can be documented by transcripts and/or certificates from the organization responsible for the training. The transcripts and/or certificates must include the total number of clock hours of training.
  • The ratio of 50 clock hours of training to one semester hour of academic credit is used to compute the amount of WED 359 credit to be awarded. For example, to earn 27 semester hours of WED 359 occupational training credit, the student must document 1700 clock hours of training.
  • Documentation of WED 359 occupational training credit is submitted to the "Records and Registration" section of the SIUC Registrar’s Office for posting on the student’s transcript.
  • Credit awarded for WED 359 will satisfy the SIUC Senior Institution requirement.

WED 359 training can be documented by transcripts and/or certificates from the organization responsible for the training. The transcripts/certificates must include the total number of clockhours of training. The ratio of 50 clockhours of training to one semester hour of academic credit is used to compute the amount of WED 359 credit to be awarded. For example, to earn 27 semester hours of WED 359 credit, the student must document 1700 clockhours of training.

Once the documentation of occupational training has been submitted to the OTD Coordinator, the original "WED 359 Credit Award Form" is submitted to the "Records and Registration" area of the SIUC Registrar’s Office for posting on the student’s transcript. One copy of the "Credit Award Form" and accompanying documentation of training is sent to the COEHS Advisement Office to be placed in the student’s file. An second copy of the advisement form and documentation are placed in the student’s WED file. A third copy of the "WED 359 Credit Award Form" and the original documentation are sent to the student for their records.

Work Experience

Unlike WED 258, the credit awarded for WED 358 Work Experience recognizes the individual’s contribution to the organization beyond basic employment and the associated duties of the position. The recognition of the individual’s importance to the organization is reflected through promotion, in-service training, increases in supervisory and/or technical responsibilities, as well as, the number of years of continued employment. The credit is awarded for (past) work experience and satisfies the SIUC Senior Institution requirement. Neither WED 258 or WED 358 qualify for SIUC Residence credit.

The criteria for awarding WED 358 credit are as follows:

  • Minimum requirement: 15 semester hours (4000 clock hours) of credit.
  • Maximum award: 30 semester hours (8000 clock hours) of credit.
  • Work experience must correspond with student’s occupational training.
  • Verification of WED 358 credit is based on:
    1. letter(s) from an employer(s) specifying months/years of full or part-time work experience (documented);
    2. successful completion of 16 semester hours of WED 395 - Field Experience credit (supervised), or
    3. a combination of documented work experience and WED 395.
  • Documentation of WED 358 credit is submitted to the "Records and Registration" section of the SIUC. Registrar’s Office for posting on the student’s transcript.
  • Credit awarded for WED 358 will satisfy the SIUC Senior Institution requirement.

As stated in the above criteria, OTD students are required to have a minimum of 16 semester hours (4000 clock hours) of documented work experience as a part of the specialization. Up to 30 semester hours of credit (8000 clockhours) can be earned by documenting four years of full-time work experience. A student’s work experience and occupational training must be complementary to satisfy the requirement.

In the case of students who currently are or have been self-employed, letters from satisfied customers, state registration forms, tax records and other forms of business documentation would provide the necessary proof of employment.

Occupational training credit cannot be substituted for work experience nor can work experience be used to satisfy the OTD occupational training requirement. Also, past or current teaching experience of any type does not qualify for work experience credit.

Capstone Component

The 41 semester hour University Core requirement of the Regular OTD option and the 30 semester hour University Core total of the Capstone option results in a difference of 11 semester hours. This difference needs to be accounted for to meet the 120 semester hour total for graduation. The difference is accounted for by recognizing an additional 11 semester hours of occupational training credit to the required 27 semester hours.

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*As June 10, 2013, credit awarded for WED 259 will not satisfy the SIUC Senior Institution requirement. In those cases where Senior Institution credit is needed by the student to meet the University requirement, the criteria established for WED 359 must be met before the credit can be awarded. WED 259 or 359 do not meet the criteria for SIUC Residence credit. WED 359 credit can be awarded for either pre-service or in-service training received by the student. The students’ occupational training must correspond to their work experience.