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Professional Leadership (Undergraduate Certificate)

Our professional leadership certificate teaches you the characteristics and skills necessary to lead. Classes focus on organizational/social leadership, and provides students an entry point to the University. It allows students to gain a post-secondary credential that can be folded into the BS IDS Leadership major, if desired. You'll learn: Leadership theories, legal issues and ethics; Developing leadership skills, personal leadership philosophy and a personal code of ethics; Analyzing legal and ethical decisions and their effect on careers and an organization’s culture; Preparing persuasive analyses and presentations through research.

Professional Leadership (Undergraduate Certificate)


Description


What is this program at ODU like?

Our professional leadership certificate teaches you the characteristics and skills necessary to lead. Classes focus on organizational/social leadership, and provides students an entry point to the University. It allows students to gain a post-secondary credential that can be folded into the BS IDS Leadership major, if desired. You'll learn: Leadership theories, legal issues and ethics; Developing leadership skills, personal leadership philosophy and a personal code of ethics; Analyzing legal and ethical decisions and their effect on careers and an organization’s culture; Preparing persuasive analyses and presentations through research.

Program Highlights


What makes this program at ODU unique?

  • The eight-week format for each course is perfect for working adults with busy schedules.

  • When you complete the certificate, you'll have crucial skills that employers, organizations, and governments need.

  • This certificate is perfect for non-traditional adult learners seeking a leadership role but is open to all.

  • It's also a great addition to an associate degree, or a way to take classes which all fold into a BS degree (IDS Leadership major)

Careers


What are some careers in this field?

Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Sales Managers

$137,650

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.

Administrative Services Managers

$103,380

MEDIAN SALARY


Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization, such as records and information management, mail distribution, facilities planning and maintenance, custodial operations, and other office support services.

Courses


What are some courses offered in this program at ODU?

CPD 400:
Foundations of Leadership


This course is designed to provide students with a basic introduction to leadership, with a focus on leadership history, leadership styles, traits, and skills. The differences between managers and leaders will be explored. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

CPD 410:
Leadership Ethics


This course examines how ethical principles can be used to guide effective leadership practices. Students will gain an understanding of how ethical principles in the workplace have developed over time. They will also explore the connections between individual ethics and workplace behaviors, in addition to leadership strategies that promote ethical behavior by workers. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

CPD 412:
Leadership and Law


This course addresses leadership in public, private, and non-profit organizations relative to laws that impact such organizations. Students will examine their role as leaders within legal systems that influence business operations such as employment law, intellectual property, antitrust, white collar crime, and bankruptcy. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

CPD 416:
Trends and Issues in Leadership


This course is focused on examining and expanding on the application of leadership principles and decision making. It is designed to have students step out of their comfort zones and look at leadership issues from various sides. The course will provide background and learning on primary leadership concepts with ethics ideals sprinkled within the content. Students will be challenged to find articles and examples for leadership application in multiple business, industry, government, and societal realms, taking on both protagonist and antagonist roles in the examination of the issues. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for this program at ODU?

Students entering the Certificate program should meet the minimum University admission requirements for non-degree seeking students (Undergraduate Admission)

  • An overall grade point average of 2.0 or above in all courses specified as a requirement for the certificate is required for the award of the certificate. 

  • Students must complete a minimum of six hours in upper-level courses required for the certificate through courses offered by Old Dominion University.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


I like this program. What are the next steps?

Contact


Need help applying?

Meet Your Enrollment Team

Our enrollment coordinators are ready to help you through the admissions process.

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Name:

Robert Doherty


Location:

2110 MONARCH HALL, NORFOLK, VA, 23529



Office:

757-683-6554


Undergraduate Admissions


Location:

1004 Rollins Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3685


Fax:

757-683-3255


Email:

admissions@odu.edu


International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

intladm@odu.edu

Transfer


I like this program and want to transfer. What are my next steps?

At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful transition, engagement, and academic achievement of transfer students. The services and programs offered to you as a Monarch are endless so take advantage of every opportunity. Even before you set foot on campus, we encourage you to Explore, Experience, and Engage! Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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