The Certificate in Leadership is designed to prepare graduate students to contribute to their professional communities as highly effective leaders as well as develop in their personal leadership journey. Students from all disciplines – including education, nursing and other healthcare roles, administration and business – will learn how to address complex, real-world problems with evidence-based decisions. This is done through leadership frameworks, theories and philosophies.
Total cost at ACE$4,950
(tuition + fees)
Applications due January 3 for January 6, 2020 Term
Estimated Time to Completion:
Apply by Wednesday, December 18, for the term that begins January 6 and ACE will credit the application fee toward tuition. Terms apply.Learn More
Flexible Design: Study on your schedule. Our online format allows you to plan your coursework around your life.
Applicable Skills: Use what you learn, no matter what your career path is. Develop your skills in many facets of leadership: communication, collaboration, ethics, cultural responsiveness, strategic planning and innovation. Learn strategies for solving problems you encounter every day.
Prepare for Your Future: Strengthen your future marketability by demonstrating a commitment to effective leadership as a personal and professional journey.
Kathleen Stroud, Ed.D.
Administrative Faculty and Chair,
Department of Leadership and Administration
We are, and have always been, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation guarantees that our programs meet certain levels of quality standards.
A Note About Licensure:
While this certificate provides a comprehensive understanding of the intended certificate outcomes, it does not lead to licensure, certification, or endorsement. ACE offers several programs that do provide a pathway to licensure, certification, or endorsement and they can be found here.
Certificate in Leadership
18 semester credits x $235 per credit
$50 Application Fee
$720 Technology & Library Fee ($40 per credit)
$100 Program Conferral Fee
Total Program Cost*
*This is an estimated value of the cost for tuition and fees. Amounts may vary depending on number of transfer credits applied to the selected program hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program credit hours, receipt of scholarship and/or grant amounts, and adjustments to tuition or fees as described in the Catalog Right to Modify Tuition section.
State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)
It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.
Certificate in Leadership
All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.
All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:
Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 18 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.
(18 semester credits)