Organization Development and Leadership

Certificate Program in Organization Dynamics and Leadership

To fulfill the requirements for the Certificate in Organization Dynamics and Leadership, students complete six courses / 18 credits: three from the Required Core Courses and three electives. A letter requesting the Certificate in Organization Dynamics and Leadership is required when all six courses / 18 credits have been completed. All credits in the Certificate in Organization Dynamics and Leadership Program are transferable to the Master’s Degree.

Admission Requirements

Those with a B.A./B.S.

A completed online application.
A $35.00 non-refundable application fee.
Official transcripts of all coursework from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended.
A letter of intention outlining the candidate’s professional goals and educational objectives for attending the program of their choice.
A current resume detailing professional work experience.
Two letters of recommendation.

Those with a M.A./M.S.

A completed online application.
A $35.00 non-refundable application fee.
Official transcripts of all coursework from the graduate institution attended.
A letter of intention outlining the candidate’s professional goals and educational objectives for attending the program of their choice.
A current resume detailing professional work experience.
Two letters of recommendation.

Three Required Core Courses (CPODL)


ODL       655   Organization Change and Culture (TOD 4165) - 3 credits

This foundation course provides the conceptual framework for all the other courses in the Organization Dynamics and Leadership concentration. Course focuses on understanding the critical leadership characteristics and competencies required for guiding the organization through strategic and operational change initiatives. Relationship between cultural issues and successful change implementation is explored. Students learn how to close the gap between knowing and doing through specific teaching and learning strategies. ODL Concentration Requirement

ODL    670  Facilitative Leadership and Organization Development (TOD 4175) - 3 credits

Course presents an overview of the fundamental competencies of facilitative leadership and their relationship to guiding organizational change. Practical skills and approaches are studied such as: individual behavior, change techniques, influence methods and management approaches. An integrated approach is emphasized that connects the critical leadership characteristics with facilitative leadership competencies. ODL Concentration Requirement. Prerequisite ODL 655

ODL    660  Strategic Leadership (TOD 4155) - 3 credits

This course emphasizes the integration of leadership theory and behavior with strategic planning.  Students have the opportunity to review work projects and explore how communications, perceptions, behaviors, culture, and current events impact the outcome of projects and initiatives.  Relationships between organizational dynamics, culture, and leadership are explored through the lens of strategic change initiatives.  Specific strategies are considered and students begin to explore new ways of looking at leadership and their own behaviors in order to successfully implement strategies. Students attend a skill weekend where they reflect on the assumptions underlying their leadership actions. ALT Concentration Requirement.


Choose Three Specialized Electives (CPODL)


EDL    655  Interpersonal Relations (4315) - 3 credits

A study of the dynamics of interpersonal, intragroup, and intergroup relations. Emphasis will be placed on the teaching/learning process as well as the counselor/client relationship. A variety of instructional approaches, including lectures, discussions, and group activities will be utilized to develop interpersonal skills.

HED    580  Leadership Principles (4825) - 3 credits

An introductory course to acquaint the learner with needs and roles in supervisional activity. Management styles, functions, and analyses, as well as behavioral theory, are evaluated. Planning and decision-making, dealing with the change process, motivation, coaching and counseling techniques, performance appraisal, and control are examined.

HED    575  Stress and Crisis Management (4855) - 3 credits

Study of health problems related to stress and exploration of methods to reduce the impact of stressors to improve bio-psychosocial health. Demonstrates how to identify, isolate, and manage a crisis and how to foresee future crises, as well as how to develop contingency plans. Physiology of stress, relaxation, biofeedback, fear control, and cognitive reacting are skills studied in relation to stress management.

ODL   646  Career Development (ORG 7025) - 3 credits

Course provides students with an experiential understanding of the process of career development.  Through a primarily experiential approach, where students craft their own career vision, students have an opportunity to engage key concepts in the field of career development.. In addition, topics such as assessment, gender, choice, interventions and career management are experienced and discussed.

ODL   630  Leadership and Team Development (ORG 7035) - 3 credits

Course focuses on theories and practices required in leading and developing teams. Issues of leadership behavior, interpersonal relations, group roles and stages of development are examined in an experiential laboratory. Requirement OPD.


ODL    605  Performance Consulting (TOD 4135) - 3 credits

Course presents to the Organization Development and Leadership professional the practical tools necessary to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of learning and change programs. A specific technology is presented in a step-by-step approach, which links the collaborative consulting process with performance assessment. The course focuses on increasing students' ability to communicate and work with leaders in their organizations. ALT and OPD Concentration Requirement


ODL    648       Conflict and Negotiation (TOD 5205) - 3 credits
The course involves students in a process that includes research, conflict analysis and communication. Modeled in part upon the Harvard Negotiation Project's Getting to Yes methodology, the course also involves newly emerging practices that challenge the notion of argument and encourages exchange between disputing parties. The focus of the course is to help students hear and understand one another's stories who are embroiled in a conflict.


ODL    690   Creative Problem Solving (TOD 5215) - 3 credits

Creative problem solving is an essential skill for people working in complex organizations.  Creative thinkers reflect on the assumptions underlying actions and consider new ways of looking at and living in the world.  They use methods  to identify new alternatives. This course is a comprehensive guide for making worthwhile, influential and  creative contributions at work. Students have an opportunity to identify and overcome personal and organizational barriers to develop breakthrough thinking.

ODL    680  Coaching and Mentoring Skills (TOD 5245) - 3 credits

Interactive course focuses on increasing the student's ability to communicate and influence leaders, peers, participants, and clients. Specific topic areas include giving and receiving feedback, identifying and understanding communication style preferences, learning how to listen for the "real issues," coaching and influencing skills and corporate mentoring programs.  Required 625 or 680 OPD

TOD 5295 Implementing Change 3 Credits
Course aids students in designing and effectively implementing change programs and projects while achieving and sustaining performance. Students have an opportunity to create change models and processes form both experience and research. Major issues impacting change will be discussed. One major aspect of the course is to understand resistance and learn techniques to overcome resistance to change. Models, processes and issues focus on corporate, group and the individual level.

ODL    665  Leading Teams (TOD 5255) - 3 credits

Course focuses on working within groups to explain the major concepts in group dynamics and learning skills/techniques to work with groups in a training environment. Areas of discussion include advantages and disadvantages of problem solving in groups, identifying constructive and destructive group behavior, mechanics of participation, function of group norms in group process, influence and power in groups, stages of group maturity, and roles taken by group members.