Leadership Development Certificate Program

Leadership effectiveness is an important factor today when organizations must simultaneously cut budgets while retaining and nurturing talent. Every organization needs skilled leaders to allocate limited resources and to create a work environment that encourages employees’ development, involvement, commitment, and retention. To meet the growing need for competent leaders, Penn State Great Valley has developed a new and unique Leadership Development Certificate Program scheduled to begin spring 2013.

Certificate Requirement - Four courses

Continuing Education Units
Continuing Education Units (CEUs), based on a standard of one unit per 10 hours of classroom contact, are awarded.

Student Testimonial
"Enrolling in the Leadership Development Certificate Program has been great for both my professional and personal growth.  I have learned a great deal from not only the instructors and the material presented, but also from the other class members.  The variety of professions represented has been very beneficial.  I would recommend the program to anyone who is looking to improve their leadership skills."
-Lee Geib, Leadership Development Student

Instructor Testimonials
"The Leadership Development Program at Penn State Great Valley attracts students from diverse work, and ethnic backgrounds. With diversity comes a richness of sharing and learning; to engage with students who are eager to learn, who bring a plethora of experience and energy to the classroom is invigorating for me as an instructor.  Students have shared that the courses offered in the program fill their professional and personal development needs."
-Dr. Sheila K. Perkins, Leadership Development Certificate Program Instructor

"Over the last several years I have coached more than 2500 individuals in their career transitions.  It is invaluable that professionals are invested in continual professional development and can discuss these efforts with prospective employers.   The certificate programs offered by Penn State Great Valley contribute to an individual's continued commitment to career growth."
Mary Pellak, Leadership Development Certificate Program Instructor

For more information, call 610-725-5377.

Register available soon.   These courses are PDO (Professional Development Opportunity) eligible.

Fall 2014/Spring 2015

Schedule Early registration
discount of $50 if registered for BUSAD 5526 by August 21.

Course #

Course Title(click course # for description)

Sessions Times Fall I  Fall II
BUSAD 5526  Developing Personal Leadership


6:00-9:00 p.m.

Thurs., 8/28 - 10/9,

BUSAD 5520  Leading Change in Organizations


6:00-9:00 p.m.

Thurs., 10/23 - 12/11 (no class 11/27),

Course # Course Title  Sessions Times Spring I
Spring II
BUSAD 5701  Decision Making


6:00-9:00 p.m. Thurs., 1/15 - 2/26
BUSAD 5604    Strategic Planning  


 6:00-9:00 p.m.   Thurs., 3/12 - 4/23,

For registration options, click here.

Note: The University reserves the right to cancel courses owing to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances

Students with disabilities

Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact Student Services at 610-648-3242 in advance of your participation or visit. Click here for more information.