Organizational Development & Leadership Certificate
This Organizational Development and Leadership Certificate is designed for students who desire to learn more about the theories, research and practical applications of organizational development in the workplace. Students explore how organizations work and acquire skills to assess, diagnose and address structural and cultural problems. Topics include strategies, models and intervention techniques for organizational development.
The theory, research and processes of organizational communication are examined, with emphasis on applications that are effective inside and outside the organization. The study of human behavior in the workplace provides valuable knowledge and skills for conflict management, motivation and morale, and employee development. In accord with individual needs, students have elective options to acquire additional skills in leadership, interpersonal and small group communication, marketing and/or accounting.
Transfer credit is accepted toward certificate completion, up to six hours. All courses are for credit and are transferable once a student is admitted to the BA Management or Applied Studies degree programs with the Organizational Development and Leadership concentration, also at SCPS or to any other undergraduate degree-seeking program here at Loyola. Prerequisite coursework may be required.
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The certificate is comprised of the following six courses (18 credit hours):
- COMM 231: Conflict Management and Communication
This course explores the role of communication in conflict resolution. Special attention is paid to mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution.
- COMM 277: Organizational Communication
This course is an introduction to theory and practice of organizational communication, with an emphasis on organization contexts, culture, systems, and the role of communication in building relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
- CPST 360: Development and Change in Organizations
- CPST 370: Leadership Theories and Organizations
- CPST 380: Leadership Culture and Ethics
- CPST 390: Organizational Theory and Practice
**Now SCPS offers a fully online option for the Certificate in Organizational Development and Leadership. Students have the choice of the fully online option, the fully on-campus option, or some combination of the two.