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Leadership Dynamics Graduate Certificate

Leadership Dynamics

Today's rapidly changing world requires leaders who can easily adapt to new challenges, engage and motivate employees, build effective relationships, and develop and lead high-performing teams. The Leadership Dynamics graduate certificate from K-State's Department of Educational Leadership develops skills that will help you become a more effective leader at work and in life. This certificate is ideal for working adults who:

  • want to move into a leadership or management position
  • have been recently promoted to a leadership position
  • are leaders and want to improve effectiveness
  • want to enhance communication and relationship skills
  • want to develop more productive teams

Be prepared for your next opportunity - enrollment is open year-round!

Leadership Development that Matters

Course topics increase your understanding of self and others, integrate theory with application, and provide opportunities to enhance “soft skills” that impact employee engagement and retention, talent management and development, relationship-building, and overall organizational performance. Topics include:

  • Communication
  • Motivation
  • Team development
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Conflict management

Designed for Working Professionals

Enroll in a single course that best meets your needs, complete all five courses to add the Leadership Dynamics graduate certificate to your credentials, or choose leadership courses within a master's degree.

  • 8-week courses that meet one night each week
  • All courses available at the K-State Olathe campus
  • Year-round enrollment — you may start coursework in fall, spring, or summer
  • No required prerequisites to start the program
  • No out-of-state tuition and fees or application fees
  • Full-time faculty with doctorates and experience as practitioners
  • Can complete certificate in 12-18 months

Certificate Program Courses

The following 15 credit hours are required to complete the Leadership Dynamics graduate certificate.

EDACE 832 Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Dynamics (3 credits)

Various interpersonal and intrapersonal skills that impact leadership are examined in this course. Through examining topics like communication, motivation, emotional intelligence, presentation, and listening styles, participants gain a deeper understanding of how these factors affect their personal leadership style and the adults they are leading.

EDACE 835 Developing Teams and Leaders (3 credits)

In this course, participants critically analyze their own leadership styles and skills and examine leadership and ethical behavior. By examining leadership and adult theories, they gain practical tools to help develop leaders and analyze and manage teams.

EDACE 836 Group and Team Dynamics (3 credits)

In this course, participants examine group and team behavior and processes in organizations. By examining ways individual and leader characteristics impact group and team processes, behavior, and productivity, participants better understand how to structure, manage, and facilitate teams to achieve organizational objectives, accomplish tasks, and fulfill individual members' needs.

EDACE 837 Quality Programs and Staff Management (3 credits)

Leadership management skills critical to building and maintaining quality programs and organizations are the focus of this course. Participants 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 are also addressed.

EDACE 839 Experiential Learning and Leadership Dynamics (3 credits)
or course equivalent approved by program coordinators.

In this experiential course, participants apply theories, ideas, and principles learned throughout the leadership dynamics program to a real organizational problem or setting and present their experiences to a panel of academic and professional practitioners. (This course may only be taken after completing EDACE 832, 835, 836, and 837).

The first four courses may be completed in any order. EDACE 839 Experiential Learning and Leadership Dynamics must be the last course in sequence. Courses are offered on a rotation basis.


  • Graduate School Application
  • Two official transcripts for all undergraduate coursework (minimum 3.0 GPA required)
  • Two official transcripts for all graduate coursework
  • Statement of professional experience and goals and purpose for seeking certificate.

* Graduate students must be seeking a degree to qualify for federal financial aid loans.

Have questions? We're happy to help. Speak with a faculty member by calling 913-307-7362 or emailing leaderdynamics@k-state.edu

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Taylor Pruitt

"The training I received with my company only scratched the surface. The course is giving me a depth of knowledge I need to move ahead with my plans for the future. I didn't know what I didn't know and realize how much more I have to learn."

Taylor Pruitt, Leadership Dynamics student