The Leadership Certificate is a valuable academic credential that reflects the participant's scholarly achievement in the areas of politics and public policy. Equally important, the Leadership Certificate Program offers participants the opportunity to develop the political skills and acumen necessary for leading effectively within his/her own organization, community, or jurisdiction. The Certificate also serves as a credible interim credential while the student continues his/her educational program toward the completion of a graduate or undergraduate degree. The Academic Certificate Program consists of five courses representing 15 semester hours of credit. Four of the courses require classroom attendance. A fifth course consists of an independent study. Courses can be taken at the graduate or at the undergraduate level.
The Leadership Certificate Program provides an extremely valuable educational experience for community leaders/activists as well as those individuals currently serving as policy board members of nonprofit organizations, school boards, city or town councils or any of the various special district governing boards or commissions.
The flexibility of the program through its individually designed curriculum also encourages participation of individuals, regardless of title or position, from such professions as law enforcement, fire and emergency service, K-12 teachers, and nursing.
The program can also serve as an excellent learning vehicle for those simply wanting to become more informed and involved in their own neighborhoods and communities.