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Leadership Dynamics Graduate Certificate

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This graduate certificate is designed for working professionals who aspire to be leaders or have found themselves in a leadership position and want to be more effective leading and interacting with people. By focusing on the human aspects of leadership that MBA programs seldom have time to cover (like emotional intelligence, conflict management, and staff management) students are better prepared to motivate, engage, build, and lead effective teams.

Credit Hours: 15
Course Delivery: Available Online and in Olathe, KS

Tuition Information: See the Cashiers and Student Accounts website for tuition and fee schedules.

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Required Courses

EDACE 832 – Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Dynamics (3 credits)

This course examines various psychological and sociological factors that impact leadership. Through examining topics like motivation, communication and presentations styles, cognitive processing, learning styles and conflict management, students gain a deeper understanding of how these factors affect their personal leadership style and impact the adults they are leading.

EDACE 835 – Developing Teams and Leaders (3 credits)

This course focuses on leadership theories and adult education theories. It will show how these theories and ideas can serve as practical tools to analyze and manage teams and leader development. Students will critically analyze their own leadership styles and skills, research leadership and ethical behavior.

EDACE 839 – Experiential Learning and Leadership Dynamics (3 credits)
(Prerequisites EDACE 832, EDACE 835, and one of the courses below) or course equivalent approved by program coordinators.

This course will be experientially based. Students will apply the theories and principles learned throughout the leadership dynamics program to a professional problem/setting. Students will present their experiences to a panel of academic and professional practitioners.

Electives – select 2 of the following courses:

EDACE 834 – Leading Adults in a Globalized and Diverse World (3 credits)

This course provides an introduction to the foundations of adult leadership in the context of managing a culturally diverse workforce. Concepts of globalization as well as cross-cultural and international environments as they relate to adult leadership are emphasized through theory to practice projects and research.

EDACE 836 – Group Dynamics of Adult Learners (3 credits)

The course focuses on group behavior and group processes in organizations. Ways individual and leader characteristics impact group processes will be addressed. In addition, behavior and productivity will be examined. Finally, the structure, management, and facilitation of groups to achieve organizational objectives, accomplish group tasks, and fulfill individual members’ needs will be addressed.

EDACE 837 – Quality Programs and Staff Management (3 credits)

This course focuses on leadership management skills critical to building and maintaining quality programs and organizations. Students will identify their leadership and management skills and strengths, investigate effective coaching and mentoring models, and learn how to solve problems, delegate responsibility, and manage change. Conflict management, dealing with problem employees, and basic legal issues will be addressed.

EDCAE 886 – Coaching for High Performance (3 credits)

This course focuses on how managers and leaders can use coaching to maximize performance. Drawing on tenets from adult learning, athletics, and organizational development, participants will learn how to develop a coaching culture, evaluate developmental coaching models, and use coaching skills to enhance performance.

EDACE 886 – Teaching and Leading Multigenerations of Adult Learners (3 credits)

This course will examine the traits of generations as defined as an age cohort that shares unique formative years. The context of teaching and leading multigenerations will be addressed. Students will learn how to apply concepts to foster communication and collaboration of all generations present.

Courses are offered on a rotation basis.

Application and Admission Requirements

Applications to the Graduate Certificates programs are accepted year round and students may start courses any time during the year.

Students New to K-State Graduate School
  • Complete the online Graduate School Application indicating the field of study will be chosen graduate certificate program.
  • Submit an official transcripts documenting completion of a bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution or international equivalent.
  • Submit a one to two page statement of objectives explaining how this graduate certificate will support career goals or profession.
  • Applicants who are also English second language learners must also submit documents meeting the Graduate School English Proficiency Requirements with the application materials. (An applicant who has received a degree in the last two years from a United States college or university is exempt from this requirement.
Students Already in a Master's or Doctoral Degree Program at K-State

If you are already admitted to a Graduate Degree program at K-State and maintain both good academic standing in the Graduate School and a 3.00 GPA, contact Dr. Royce Ann Collins (racollin@k-state.edu) with the name of the certificate program and explain in a few paragraphs why you want to add the certificate program.