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The purpose of this certificate program is to understand leadership that transforms and how to develop it. Specifically, it aims to integrate current and cutting-edge research on adult development and transformative leadership.

Our aim is to inspire the development of future transformative leaders who are equipped with the knowledge and tools to respond to the evolution of nations, communities, and organizations.

The certificate in transformative leadership focuses on four areas, equipping learners to:

  1. Understand and discern the theory and practices of leader formation and leadership development

  2. Explore transformative leader mindsets and how to thrive in complexity

  3. Understand how to develop sustainable systems of leadership development that are agile, dynamic, and capable of ethical responses to 21st century challenges

  4. Develop and enact transformative leadership in an action project of their own design

Highlights

  • Teaches leaders to respond to challenges more effectively, to improve relationships, and to flourish in times of complexity

  • Promotes transformative leadership that is self-aware, empathic, complex, strategic, sustainable, and ethical for nations, communities, and organizations

  • Meets student demands for this specialized learning and offer them a unique opportunity to gain a distinctive credential in the Learning, Leadership and Organization Development (LLOD) curriculum

Curriculum

The Graduate Certificate in Transformative Leadership allows students to develop leadership readiness (individual and systemic) to meet the continuous learning demands placed on leaders in today’s constantly evolving context.

The certificate will provide the educative scaffolds for degree bearing and non-degree bearing students at UGA to understand their own formation as transformative leaders. Participants will master the theories, methods, and practices of leadership and will gain the opportunity to participate in a practicum under supervision of faculty in a system they are currently serving in and/or an opportunity that they will create with faculty advisors.

Core Curriculum (15 hours)

  • LLOD 8230/8230e: Foundations of Leadership: Theory and Practice

  • LLOD 8210/8210e: Leading Change

  • LLOD 8620/8620e: Adaptive Leadership

  • LLOD 8205 8205e: Leading from Within: Developing Personal and Interpersonal Leadership Capacity

  • LLOD 9800/9800e: Leadership Practicum

Electives (3 hours)

  • LOD 8140/8140e: Equity and Inclusion in Organizations

  • LLOD 8090/8090e: Adult Development

  • LLOD 8320/8320e: Facilitating Group Change and Development

  • TBD - Other elective as approved by the program director, particularly for students in majors other than LLOD

Admissions

The Graduate Certificate in Transformative Leadership is appropriate for professionals who are working in or aspiring toward leadership roles, are mid- to upper-level managers, high potentials, and senior leaders who regularly face complex and adaptive challenges in their organizations. This leadership credential would allow students to develop their own leader identity as well as learn strategies and approaches that foster sustainable and just leadership development interventions for nation, community, and society.

The program is open to both degree-seeking and non-degree students. Applicants must meet the minimum Graduate School standards and non-degree students are required to apply through the Graduate School application.

For the Graduate Certificate in Transformative Leadership, non-degree seeking students should apply through the Graduate School. The degree code is CERT_2TRL_GW.

Current UGA graduate students should complete and submit an application form to the director of the Graduate Certificate in Transformational Leadership (GCTL). Students' names will be added to the program database of GTCL students, and the GTCL will be added to students' files by the Registrar's Office. Students who are admitted to the GTCL program will be given priority when registering for further coursework (e.g., LLOD 8230/8230e). Students can apply any semester. It is recommended, though not required, that students matriculate in the summer or fall semesters.

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Most graduate students at UGA are not assigned to a faculty advisor until after admittance. A close working relationship with your advisor is paramount to progressing through your program of study.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and Financial Aid

Almost all in-state students begin their studies at UGA paying limited tuition or fees. Please note that these amounts are subject to change and are meant to give prospective students an idea of the costs associated with a degree at the University of Georgia Mary Frances Early College of Education.

Students may qualify for a variety of assistantships, scholarships, and other financial awards to help offset the cost of tuition, housing, and other expenses.

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Student Life

Student Life

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