Certificate
Organizational Leadership

Total cost:

$5,100 View Tuition Details

Application due date for January 9, 2023 term: January 6

Estimated time to completion: 9 Months

Take your career further.

The Certificate in Organizational Leadership supports leadership as a personal and professional journey preparing graduate students to contribute to their professional communities as highly effective leaders capable of addressing real-world problems through evidence-based decision making, the use of leadership frameworks, theories and philosophies, communication, collaboration, ethics, cultural responsiveness, strategic planning, and innovation, through a variety of settings, including virtual workplaces. The certificate provides leadership skill development that spans across all disciplines including education, healthcare, nursing, administration, and business.
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What you can expect.

  • 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.

A few of the classes you'll take.

  • LEAD5073 The Art of Decision Making 3 semester credits
  • LEAD5533 Developing and Distributing Leadership 3 semester credits
  • LEAD5653 Leadership Theories, Frameworks, and Philosophies 3 semester credits
Marc Aguilera, Ed.D.

Department Chair

Marc Aguilera, Ed.D.
Chair, Business,
Department of Business
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We are, and have always been, 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:

Students who complete certificates that are approved to lead to licensure, endorsement, or certification may be subject to additional requirements for the receipt of initial licensure, endorsement, or certification in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate.

Students are strongly encouraged to check licensure requirements in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate to determine whether they are eligible for licensure, endorsement, or certification. It is vitally important that students know and be continually aware of the requirements for licensure in their state. State licensing requirements and licensing agency information may be found here

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Tuition

Certificate in Organizational Leadership

Total Tuition

18 semester credits
x $235 per credit

$4,230

Fees

$50 Application Fee

$720 Technology & Library Fee
($40 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee

$870

Total Program Cost*

$5,100

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1This 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 or program pathway credit hours, the pace and satisfactory completion of the selected program or program pathway credit hours, receipt of, or eligibility for, institutional or non-institutional 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 two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges, rounded to the nearest thousand dollars, for the California 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.

Admission Requirements

Certificate in Organizational Leadership

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, the enrollment agreement, and the payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

Certificate in Organizational Leadership

  • ​Bachelor's or Highest Post-Baccalaureate degree earned from a Regionally Accredited Institution    
  • Minimum grade point average cumulative 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for full admission
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average 2.0 on a 4.0 scale for provisional admission​


International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an NACES-recommended agency.
  • Texas applicants may only submit evaluations from agencies approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to the education/accreditation level required for the program.

English as a Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.

  2. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper or internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the internet-based version is 80, and the paper-based version requires a minimum TOEFL score of 20 for each of the three skills: Reading, Listening, and, Writing.

    • The minimum IELTS score required is 6.5. Note: IELTS is not acceptable for Texas programs leading to certification.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.
  3. Applicants to the Texas Educational Leadership program whose first language is not English must submit a minimum scaled score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing from the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or evidence of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C).

Courses

Certificate in Organizational Leadership

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.

Leadership Courses (9 semester credits)

Success is attributed to effective decision making, a skill required for professional and personal reasons. An essential ability required by leaders, decision making is a process which identifies critical elements of a choice to determine a course of action. The focus for this course considers ways decisions are made and how these techniques can be evaluated to improve outcomes. Specifically, the course addresses the development of skills to efficiently and consistently make informed decisions using data to maintain awareness of organizational needs, demographics, and performance levels. The role of collaboration in decision making is also a major focus.
Students will evaluate and compare different leadership theories, frameworks, and philosophies. Students will also reflect upon their own leadership experiences through the perspectives of those theories. This course places emphasis on bridging theory to practice for leadership development and how to be an effective leader in a variety of settings. As growing leaders, students will learn about making data-informed decisions and how these decisions influence future results or actions.
The course focus is on theory, research, and practices related to ethical administration. Students will compare-and-contrast ethical decision making and implications for policy.

Other Courses (9 semester credits)

Leaders drive innovation and strategy. In this course, students will learn to accomplish this by designing, developing, and implementing models of strategic planning and assessment tools to solve issues business leaders face. This course focuses on the overall performance of an organization by identifying, clarifying, and aligning specific leadership and management behaviors to the organization's mission, goals, and values. Strategic plans will be developed to ensure that an organization is effectively and efficiently meeting the needs of stakeholders within and outside of the organization while meeting its goals and sustaining its values. 
Organizational behavior and change can improve organizations. Various organizational culture, toxic leadership, and organizational psychology will be reviewed to develop potential solutions or frameworks. This course focuses on decisionmaking processes and perspectives of various stakeholders promote organizational behavior change.
Managers and leaders require various virtual tools and technology to increase performance, engage employees, and boost productivity in virtual organizations. Students will acquire skills and gain knowledge of how to become a virtual team leader by examining concepts of leading multicultural teams and effective management in a virtual environment. Further, this course will explore the role of leadership in managing change and responding to organizational crises.