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Online Learning: Leadership Certificate
The Leadership Certificate will develop your leadership, management, and supervisory skills to prepare you for the organizational challenges of tomorrow and enhance your career progression. Designed to be completed within one year completely on-line, this certificate will prepare current or aspiring leaders in any profession or organization who are determined to develop their leadership potential to the fullest. You will gain both practical and strategic knowledge to inspire, challenge, reward, and mentor today's diverse workforce.
A high school diploma or GED certificate is required, although some college or equivalent experience is helpful.
The leadership certificate will improve your knowledge of group dynamics, communication, management theories, conflict resolution, and external and internal structures and requirements that will immediately impact your skills in the workplace. The Leadership certificate may be pursued by those seeking an associates or bachelor education, as well as students seeking a stand-alone certificate showing knowledge in management and leadership.
The core courses will provide the framework while the electives will allow you to tailor the level of specificity to your particular interests. The 16 credit certificate is on-line and is designed to be completed within one year.
|Core Courses (required courses)||Credits|
|LDR202 Essentials of Management and Leadership||3 credits|
|HRM301 Legal & Ethical Issues in Organizations||3 credits|
|LDR440 Strategic Leadership||4 credits|
|Electives (choose a minimum of 2 courses)||Credits|
|LDR312 High Performing Teams||3 credits|
|LDR412 Conflict Resolution, Power & Influence||3 credits|
|LDR411 Effective Performance Management||3 credits|
|Online Sessions||Online Course Offerings|
|Spring 2014 - Session 1
First Day of Session: 1/13/2014
Add/drop deadline: 1/15/2014
Withdrawal deadline: 2/12/2014
Last Day of Session: 3/7/2014
|HRM202 Essentials of Management & Leadership|
|Spring 2014 - Session 2
First Day of Session: 3/17/2014
Add/drop deadline: 3/19/2014
Withdrawal deadline: 4/16/2014
Last Day of Session: 5/9/2014
|HRM301 Legal & Ethical Issues in Organizations|
|Summer 2014 - Session 3
First Day of Session: 5/26/2014
Add/drop deadline: 5/28/2014
Withdrawal deadline: 6/25/2014
Last Day of Session: 7/18/2014
|LDR411 Effective Performance Management|
|Fall 2014 Session 4
First Day of Session: 8/4/2014
Add/drop deadline: 8/6/2014
Withdrawal deadline: 9/3/2014
Last Day of Session: 9/26/2014
|LDR412 Conflict Resolution, Power & Influence|
|Fall 2014 - Session 5
First Day of Session: 10/13/2014
Add/drop deadline: 10/15/2014
Withdrawal deadline: 11/12/2014
Last Day of Session: 12/5/2014
|LDR440 Strategic Leadership|
The Leadership Certificate allows you:
To gain the knowledge and skills to obtain an entry level supervisory or managerial position in any industry or profession;
To expand your experience and gain greater depth of knowledge to build your leadership skills and prepare for increased responsibility or promotion.
For more information about the certificate program in Leadership, contact Beth Crockford, Ph.D. Professor, Business Administration firstname.lastname@example.org
Accredited by New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC)
Detailed Course Descriptions
Survey the history of the management field; explore the planning, organizing, leading, and controlling dimensions of the manager's job; and analyze the transition that takes place as an individual professional takes on a management position. You also learn key interpersonal and managerial skills. Study high-level leadership strategies, and gain skills in resolving disputes, managing diversity, and building productive teams. Using case studies explore issues such as organizational conflict and power, management development, interpersonal influence, and the advantages and drawbacks of participative management.
The complexities of the issues surrounding human resource management necessitate a good understanding both of the inter-relationship between state and federal legislation and court decisions and of the daily activities of the human resources function. This course explores issues that affect workplace policies, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, AIDS, alcohol and drugs, sexual harassment, privacy rights, and related matters. Seminal employment legislation such as FLSA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the Equal Pay Act will be investigated and applied to different work environments. You will learn who regulates which laws, how violations are investigated, processed, and penalized and how to comply with the laws appropriately. You will also explore ethical questions that confront a business when it is faced with social, political, and legal issues while examining the role of business in formulating social conscience. Prerequisite: LDR202 or BUS215.
Almost no one works alone anymore. Even in the most hierarchical firms, managers must lead groups of employees who are more often than not interdependent on one another as well as others outside their own unit. Helping employees learn how to work interdependently is the crux of this course. How can you as a leader develop the kind of strong, supportive, innovative, and high performing teams that contribute strong productivity with efficiency? You will learn the concepts of team development in this course as well as practical and hands-on strategies that can be immediately employed to improve your own team dynamics and outcomes. Prerequisite: LDR202 or BUS215.
This course examines every facet of performance management, including its definition, benefits, and application in most organizations. The potential costs both direct and indirect of performance management, particularly when it is planned and implemented poorly will also be studied. If you are a manager or supervisor in a company of any size or expect to be you will learn how to create and implement a successful program in performance assessment and improvement. You will also learn how to support others in creating, implementing and assessing their own performance assessment initiatives. You will learn how to develop effective performance appraisal processes, measurement criteria, tools, and systems. You will discover methods to train those who must give the evaluations, and assess the results of the appraisal program itself. Feedback, coaching, mentoring, motivation, effective job description and job design will all play a part in the study of performance. Finally, you will also analyze the methods used to control performance: disciplinary procedures, regulatory requirements and restrictions, promotion, training, recognition, promotion, and even termination procedures. Prerequisite: LDR202 or BUS215, HRM301.
This course will study the pivotal management issues of conflict, power, and influence. In order to manage others effectively, managers must understand to their own sources and uses of conflict and power. It is critical managers understand their own conflict handling styles and that of their employees. In addition, working together seamlessly requires knowledge of the impact of the interaction of different conflict styles. Helping employees better resolve conflicts at work leads to greater morale and productivity. In addition, managers must have power and use appropriate influence strategies in order to make decisions, solve problems, move ideas forward and contribute fully to the organization. This course will help identify types of power and influence and how to gain beneficial types of power and wield them effectively. Finally, we will examine how to develop and share power in ones' subordinates so as to enhance employee contribution, innovation, performance, and commitment. Prerequisite for Leadership Certificate: LDR202 or BUS215.
Learn how to apply concepts and strategies to navigate and influence your organization and its constituents. By understanding how individual and organizational behavior impacts the achievement of specified goals, you can increase your employees' and company's overall performance. Discover a tactical versus strategic approach to address challenges, and learn concrete skills to improve your ability to lead teams to the achievement of the organization's strategy. Prerequisite: LDR202 or BUS215, and HRM301, and 6 credits from the following electives LDR312, LDR411, LDR412.