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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 Leadership Dynamics graduate certificate is 15 credit hours. There are 9 required credit hours and 6 credit hours from the elective courses listed below.


Required Courses

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 839 Experiential Learning and Leadership Dynamics (3 credits)

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).

Prerequisites EDACE 832, EDACE 835 and one of the courses below, or course equivalent approved by program coordinators.


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)

This course focuses on group and team behavior and processes in the adult education environment. Various factors that impact group behavior, processes, and effectiveness will be examined and participants will learn skills needed to more effectively manage and facilitate groups and teams of adults 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 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.  


Why Leadership Dynamics?

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