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Step 1: ENROLL in the Certificate with the Program (this tells us you are ‘in’ the certificate)
Step 2: Visit your Dean’s Office in your college and declare a ‘second major’ (this tells UK you are ‘in’ the certificate)
Step 3: Visit APEX to determine your progress in the Certificate.
The Department of Educational Leadership Studies (EDL) in the College of Education and the Department of Community and Leadership Development (CLD) in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment offer an undergraduate certificate in leadership studies. Four vital pillars are complimentary to undergraduate programs and are reflected throughout the content of course work in the following ways:
- Understanding core concepts about leadership
- Fostering team and organizational leadership
- Embracing community leadership
- Focusing on intercultural communication skills
- Students will be able to identify and apply basic concepts, skills, styles, theories, and models of leadership.
- Students will be able to demonstrate appropriate and effective use of listening, oral, and written skills as well as critical thinking skills and self-analysis for use in specific leadership situations.
- Students will be able to demonstrate one’s personal ethics, including the values and culture that contribute to their ethical position.
Programs of Study
The program consists of 18 credits of undergraduate study in leadership. Students will take one course from each of the four pillars and two additional elective leadership courses
Pillar I: Leadership Foundations (3 credits)
EDL402 / CLD402: Principles of Leadership
CLD230 / EDL230: Intrapersonal Leadership
Pillar II: Organizational Change (3 credits)
EDL571: Design Thinking in Education
CLD530: Fundamentals of Organizational Leadership
Pillar III: Community Leadership and Relationships (3 credits)
CLD430: Leading in Communities: Vision, Action & Change
CLD404 / EDL404: Contemporary Leadership Applications
CLD260: Community Portraits
CLD330: Interpersonal Skills for Tomorrow’s Leaders
Pillar IV: Ethics, Diversity, and International Understanding (3 credits)
CLD470: Leadership Power, Ethics & Impact
CLD403 / EDL403: Leadership Context & Styles
Any approved study abroad experience
Electives (6 credit hours):
Any course in the above pillars not already counted
Any approved study abroad experience (can only count 3 credits for certificate)
Approved courses include but are not limited to:
- AMS 301: Leadership & Management
- AMS 341: Leadership & Management II
- AMS 395: Independent Study in Leadership
- BAE 402: Biosystems Engineering Design I
- BAE 403: Senior Design II
- CLD 490: Seminar in CLD
- COM 252: Intro to Interpersonal Communication
- COM 281: Communication in Small Groups
- COM 325: Intro to Organizational Communication
- EDC 548: Instructional Technology Leadership
- EPE 374: Theories of Student Development & Peer Mentoring
- MGT 410: Analysis of Organization Behavior
- MGT 320: Survey of Human Resource Management
- NUR 883: Leadership and Management in Nursing Care Delivery
- UK 100: Emerging Leader Institute
To get an elective approved, fill out an Elective Request form. Once approved, they will show up in the list above and in the Apex system.
Other Vital Elements:
- At least 12 credit hours must be taken for a letter grade
- At least 12 credits at 200-level or above and a minimum of 6 credit hours at 300-level or above
- At least one course needs to be taken in the sister discipline (EDL or CLD)
- No more than 9 credits in the certificate are used to satisfy requirements for the student’s bachelor’s degree, minor, or another certificate (exclusive of free or unrestricted electives)
- During the last semester of coursework to complete the Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies, the student will build a professional portfolio that demonstrates mastery of the 4 pillars above.
- This portfolio will focus on the student presenting at least one artifact for each pillar along with a narrative about how that pillar was mastered.
- Examples of portfolios:
- Ask Dr. Cahill (email@example.com) for access in a Canvas course. Here you can upload assignments from a course in each pillar and describe how you mastered that learning pillar.
- Start a website that focuses on the four pillars. Host artifacts and justification as to how you mastered the pillar.
- Submit hard copies of assignments and justifications directly to one of the directors (listed below).
- Have other ideas? Run them past us! This is part of your professional portfolio so it should meet your needs!
For questions regarding this program, individuals should contact either of the program directors.
Dr. Maria Cahill
Department of Educational Leadership Studies
Phone: (859) 218-2293
Dr. Kris Ricketts
Department of Community and Leadership Development
Phone: (859) 257-3767