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Leadership Development, Level I

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Academic Certificate (AC) in Leadership Development, Level I provides a clear foundation of skills and experience in leadership development from an individual and group perspective. These skills are fundamental in leading groups with purpose. This AC is interdisciplinary and designed to build the thinking and social skills necessary for leadership roles in both the private and public sectors. Students will examine personal, group, communal, and societal leadership values and skills along with strategies for effective conflict negotiation, perceiving differences as opportunities, and overcoming natural impediments to effective decision-making. The intended overall learning outcome of the certificate is for students to achieve competency by using critical thinking, problem-solving, communicative, and collaborative skills to enact positive social change within their groups, their local communities, and in inter-groups and society, at large.


Academic Plan Code: 
Academic Certificate (AC)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2019 Fall
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all course required within the program

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
COM101Interpersonal Communication in the Workplace1
LDR100The Leader in You3
LDR101Emerging Leaders I2
LDR102Emerging Leaders II2
  • Learn different theories and modes regarding language and communication and their impact on effective leadership. (COM101)
  • Learn effective listening techniques. (COM101)
  • Learn the use of effective communication techniques during the discussion of controversial topics. (COM101)
  • Recognize the nature of coalitions, communities and systems and learn to utilize them as a leader. (COM101, LDR101, LDR102)
  • Develop critical thinking skills that will help overcome impediments to effective decision-making. (LDR100, LDR101, LDR102)
  • Learn traditional and emergent leadership theories, purposes and practices. (LDR100, LDR101, LDR102)
  • Learn how diverse, ethnic, cultural, and gender influences can impact leadership decisions. (LDR100, LDR101, LDR102)
  • Apply critical thinking skills in leadership situations and to effect positive social change. (LDR101, LDR102)
  • Develop individual qualities which will support group functioning. (LDR101, LDR102)
  • Use leadership skills to promote positive social change. (LDR101, LDR102)
  • Utilize strategies that respect and incorporate diverse ideas, values and beliefs. (LDR102)

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