Leadership Studies Certificate

Planning Checklist

Overview, Requirements and Background

Policies

Advising

 

Planning Checklist

Early planning is important; students must allow sufficient time to acquire prior approval from the Certificate in Leadership Studies advisors and other University departments. The checklist below may be helpful in the planning process:

1. ___

Review the course work for the certificate, including requirements and elective options, in the General Catalog. For distance learners, review the courses typically available online to complete this certificate entirely online.

  • Determine which courses you would like to take for each of the elective categories of the certificate.
  • When planning, make note of any course restrictions and requirements as well as the semester(s) the course is typically offered by checking MyUI.
2. ___

Declare that you are pursuing the Certificate in Leadership Studies on MyUI.

  • Click on the "programs of study" tile.
  • If you are entering your first semester at the University of Iowa, the system will not allow you to declare the certificate until the first day of the semester. Contact the advisor for the Certificate in Leadership Studies with any questions or concerns. 
3. ___

Schedule the required initial advising appointment (via MyUI) to review your plan of study with Amanda McFadden, the advisor for the Certificate in Leadership Studies. Bring the list of courses you have determined you would like to take for each of the elective categories of the certificate (see step 1 above), along with any questions you have regarding the certificate.

  • On the MyUI homepage, click on the "advising appointment" tile.
  • Next, select "new appointment with my advisor" and click "schedule appointment."
  • Click on "select advisor" and choose "Amanda McFadden."
  • From there you will be able to select the date, time, and format (in person or phone). In person appointments are located in the Pomerantz Career Center, third floor, Pomerantz Center

If Amanda McFadden does not appear as an option for scheduling, or if none of the times available work for you, please email her.

4. ___ Register for and successfully complete the required core courses.
5. ___ Complete the additional academic electives. To request a substitute course be considered by the faculty advisory committee, please follow the PDF iconcourse substitution guidelines
6. ___

Complete the experiential learning requirement. More information on the options for the experiential learning requirement can be found in the general catalog

7. ___ Monitor your progress and eventual completion of the certificate by requesting and reviewing your certificate degree audit through MyUI. Click on the "degree audit" tile on MyUI, then select "declared program of study" and choose "Leadership Studies Certificate." Contact the advisor for the Certificate in Leadership Studies with any questions or concerns. 
 

 

 

Overview, Requirements and Background

Depending on when you declared the certificate, a total of 20-21 hours of coursework is required to earn the Certificate in Leadership Studies: Up to two, 3-hour core interdisciplinary courses, 12-15 hours of area electives (in self-leadership and group leadership, communication, cultural competency, and ethics and integrity), and 2-3 hours of experiential learning. Each requirement is explained in the general catalog.

Background - The need for competent and effective leaders in today's complex and global communities has always been a pressing issue and, consequently, leadership development programs have a long history in higher education. The Certificate in Leadership Studies is available to students admitted to the University of Iowa, regardless of major, who are not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program. The certificate offers students access to an integrated curricular and co-curricular, multi-disciplinary experience that challenges them to take on more responsibility for themselves and their communities. The certificate will provide a structure for involvement, introducing students to the concepts of leadership while giving them the necessary, hands-on leadership experiences to begin the life-long development of these skills.

Certainly one certificate cannot create leaders, but it can provide incentive for that first leadership experience and an academic understanding of how and why leadership is important. By earning a certificate, students are introduced to these basic goals and skills and are called on to make a conscious commitment to lead.

Real world leadership requires a constellation of knowledge and skills that includes but is certainly not limited to: managing oneself, coordinating the work of groups, acting with integrity, communicating effectively, and leveraging benefits of diverse ways of thinking and acting. As of Fall 2015, the coursework for the Certificate for Leadership Studies will include 2 core courses - Perspectives on Leadership: Principles and Practices and Leadership Theory to practice which utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to studying leadership (all students will take); additional electives focused on the following areas: self leadership, group leadership, ethics and integrity, cultural competency, and communication; and an experiential learning component. 

Clearly no single academic discipline and no one unit within the University can adequately cover all of these topics. For this reason, the Certificate in Leadership Studies will be coordinated by a multi-disciplinary committee composed of faculty from the Colleges of Business, Education, and Liberal Arts & Sciences, administered by the Pomerantz Career Center, and supported by the Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. The Certificate in Leadership Studies is housed in University College under the Leadership Studies Department (LS).

 

Policies

  • The certificate may be earned by any student admitted to the University of Iowa who is not concurrently enrolled in a UI graduate or professional degree program.
  • Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate.
  • Students must declare their intention to pursue the certificate on MyUI. 
  • A maximum of 6 s.h. of approved transfer credit may be counted toward the certificate. Transfer credit must be approved by the home department or college.
  • A course may not be used to satisfy more than one certificate requirement.
  • Students who want to enroll in LS:3011 to satisfy the experiential learning requirement for the Certificate in Leadership Studies must consult with Amanda McFadden in advance of registration to verify whether their experience will qualify for enrollment in the course. 
  • When students complete the certificate requirements and graduate, the Certificate in Leadership Studies is noted on their transcript.
  • Certificate in Leadership Studies courses may be used to satisfy major or minor requirements.

 

Advising

Advising services will be provided by the Pomerantz Career Center. Please schedule an appointment with a Certificate in Leadership Studies advisor via MyUI:

  • On the MyUI homepage, click on the "advising appointment" tile.
  • Next, select "New Appointment with My Advisor" and click "schedule appointment."
  • Click on "select advisor" and choose "Amanda McFadden."
  • From there you will be able to select the date, time, and format (in person or phone). In person appointments are located in the Pomerantz Career Center, third floor, Pomerantz Center

If Amanda McFadden does not appear as an option for scheduling, or if none of the times available work for you, please email her.