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What is the Leadership Certificate Program?

This program is intended to help students become more effective leaders in contexts where they currently serve or in contexts to which they aspire. This certification experience is three parts:

Leadership Development Course
This self-paced Blackboard course can be started any time from a student's freshman to senior year.

Leadership Activities
Participants will be asked to complete and participate in a series of activities related to their leadership development.

Reflection Essay or Capstone Presentation
Participants can choose between writing a Reflection Essay or delivering a Capstone Presentation.

 

Getting Started

Learn more about next steps here if you are interested in pursuing the Leadership Certificate.

What is the Leadership Development Course?

The Leadership Development Course is self-paces and can be started and completed during any time from a student's freshman to senior year.

  • The content is based in the belief that leadership involves moral and ethical dimensions and that effective leadership equals good leadership; that is, it includes service to others and to contexts beyond the self, as well as authenticity and integrity. Students will examine these concepts through content from Tim Elmore's Habitudes, TED Talks and group discussions.
  • Progress in the course will be measured by assessments in each module.
  • Participants will also meet with Michael Gatton, Director for Career Services, or Jesse Albracht, Assistant Director for Career Services and Experiential Learning, to discuss and reflect upon the course content.
How do I start the Leadership Certificate Program?

Interested students may sign up for the program by requesting an appointment on Handshake here.

Once you log into your Handshake account, you will go to the "Career Center" page and choose "Appointments". You will then select "Schedule a New Appointment" and choose the Appointment type "Leadership Certificate Program".

During your appointment, you will meet with Michael Gatton or Jesse Albracht to review the requirements of the program and ask any questions you may have.

After the first appointment, you will be enrolled in the Blackboard online course to begin your first steps towards receiving the Leadership Certificate.

Which Leadership Activities are eligible for the Leadership Certificate Program?

Leadership skills and experiences can be defined by three traits: Character, Competence, and Connection.

Participants must complete at least 3 activities within each category listed below.

Character Competence Connection

Character

Complete two of the following:

  • Community service (at least 10 hours)
  • Values reflection assessment
  • Other experiences or tasks may qualify for credit within this category. Please contact us to ask about additional tasks not listed here that you would like to submit as credit.

Choose 1 of the following

  • Volunteering in the TXWES Food Pantry
  • Tutoring
  • Becoming a New Student Mentor
  • Taking Focus2 Assessments and scheduling an appointment with Career Services
  • Take a StrengthsQuest assessment
  • Join an organization in the community
  • Join a special interest organization

Competence

Choose 1 of the following:

  • Complete a Major Academic Project
    • UCD
    • Semester-long course workshop
  • Master Communicator Workshop
  • Participate in an internship
  • Other experiences or tasks may qualify for credit within this category. Please contact us to ask about additional tasks not listed here that you would like to submit as credit.

Choose 2 of the following:

  • Complete a training program
  • Complete a certificate program
    • Hootsuite
    • Google
    • Adobe Photoshop
  • Join a professional organization
  • Join an Academic Student Organization
  • Be a member of an Academic Honors student organization
  • Present at a conference

Connection

Choose 1 of the following:

  • Be involved in a student organization
  • Attend a Career Fair
  • Other experiences or tasks may qualify for credit within this category. Please contact us to ask about additional tasks not listed here that you would like to submit as credit.

Choose 2 of the following

  • Have a leadership role in a student organization
  • Conduct an Informational Interview
  • Attend an Etiquette Dinner
  • Identify mentors
  • Identify peers and allies
  • Attend two self-selected University workshops
What do I receive when I complete the Leadership Certificate Program?

Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate, graduation cords and a Leadership pin to signify program achievement and be recognized at the annual Rammy Awards Ceremony in the spring.