Alumni Certificate Program


Alumni of the MA in Leadership program are invited to extend their knowledge and skills by joing the concentration in: 

This certificate program consist of 3 courses on coaching and facilitation, and a mini-project, which is a practical application of the learning. Alumni certificate program participants are joining MA in Leadership learners in their second year in the fourth and fifth semester of the newly redesigned six-semester degree program.

Certificate Program Requirements

To earn a certificate in one of the three topic areas, participants:

  1. Enroll in all three courses.

  1. Complete the following requirements:

    1. All course assignments including online participation, projects, and written papers

    2. Excerpts from a learning journal; and

    3. Propose, implement and describe a small Action Research project on a concentration related topic.

Application Process

  1. Submit a 1-2 page letter of interest that describes:

    1. Your journey since graduating from the MA in Leadership Program,

    2. What about the particular concentration area interests you; and

    3. How you intend to apply it to your work and life.

  2. Interview with an MA in Leadership faculty member

Application Due Dates:

July 1, 2018 for courses begining in September 2018

Certificate Program Start

Application Due


September 2018

Coaching and Facilitation

July 1, 2018


Certificate Program Tuition and Fees

  • $2500 for certificate program $500 deposit and remaining balance can be paid in four installments (no financial aid is available).

  • 3 courses can be taken for credit (at the full tuition rate of the cohort being joined).

  • Course material fees and costs of books of are approximately $300 per certificate program.


For more detailed certificate course descriptions, and how to submit your application can be found here.


Certificate in Coaching and Facilitation

(begins September 2018)

Certificate Description

The Leadership Coaching and Facilitation certificate provides a specialized focus in an area of leadership practice. By acquiring practical knowledge in coaching and facilitation, learners enhance their effectiveness in developing others, improving performance, and promoting collaboration in service of personal and organizational goals and aspirations.

This certificate in Leadership Coaching and Facilitation acquaints learners with contemporary coaching and facilitation theories, research, methods and applications. It provides a foundation for future development as an independent professional coach or facilitator for individuals and teams. This preparation can also be an integral part of your present work and leadership expertise and practice.


Learning Goals

  • Increase your effectiveness in developing and facilitating others to improve their performance.

  • Expand your range of leadership competencies and intelligences in areas including but not limited to: self-awareness, interpersonal communication, collaboration, and designing actions.

  • Gain competence and confidence in working with others that transforms learning edges and challenges into assets and strengths.

  • Develop the skills, discernment and personal attributes needed to engage and attend to diverse needs, interests and values of people.

  • Recognize your individual strengths, interests and contributions in coaching and facilitation.

  • Incorporate a coaching and facilitation orientation into your professional practice.


Course Descriptions

The Art and Science of Coaching: Principles, Processes and Competencies

This course draws upon the variety of disciplines that inform the practice of coaching, such as psychology, adult learning, communication, and human performance to acquaint the learner with the theories, models, and skills needed to effectively coach individuals and/or groups. The course offers ample opportunities for learners to explore the craft of coaching, to develop their skills, and their unique style. The course also focuses on the practice of coaching in organizational life and leadership, as a particular expression of leadership and a pathway for developing others. Attention to how coaching links with organizational goals and culture, as well as designing and learning from results-oriented actions, is explored as well.


Project Proposal Development

In this course you will design a project, individually or as part of a group, to take a deeper dive into a particular practical application of Coaching and Facilitation. While it is similar in approach to the one you designed and implemented in the MA program, i.e. using an action inquiry method, it is a much more modest version. The project you design in this course is to be implemented over the subsequent two courses of the certificate program.

The Craft of Group and Meeting Facilitation

In this highly practical course, learners become acquainted with the theories, methods, and techniques of effective facilitation in meetings and in groups. The course examines the various types and ingredients of facilitation, and the role of group dynamics and development involved. By engaging the learner’s experience and opportunities for practice, the course helps identify and enhance one’s unique approach to group and meeting facilitation, while increasing one’s competence and confidence. Attention of how to design agendas, make appropriate interventions, address conflict, and foster collaboration are also explored. In addition, the course introduces a framework for ongoing practitioner development in effective group and meeting facilitation.

Coaching and Facilitation Practicum: Individual and Group Approaches

This course is focused on advancing one’s professional practice in coaching and/or facilitation. Learners have the opportunity to participate in applied coaching and facilitation activities in and out of class, receive feedback, and experiment with new learning. Each person creates a personal and professional development plan that engages and transforms their learning edges, designs a course of action for continued learning, and develops strategies for incorporating a coaching and/or facilitation practice into their work and life.