Leadership Development Certificate

Start Your Path to Leadership

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) provides 10 foundational workshops that are designed to engage and prepare new leaders. Students also have the option to earn a Leadership Certificate by engaging in a mentor relationship and leadership experience, and completing the foundations workshops and a reflection paper.  There are also some stand-alone, one-time workshops offerings that are designed to provide a quick overview of a single leadership topic. Email questions to leadandengage-LDP@ncsu.edu.

What do students gain?

  • Students are inspired to see themselves as leaders.
  • Students are guided in developing their leadership potential.
  • Students are engaged in a self-exploration of their strengths.
  • Students are empowered to make a positive difference on campus and in their communities
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Leadership Certificate

10 Foundation Courses + Leadership Experience + Coach + Reflection = Leadership Certificate

Leadership is a lifelong journey, and the best leaders are committed to ongoing learning.  The 10 Foundation Courses are designed to inspire students to view themselves as leaders and encourage them to commit to the ongoing development of their leadership skills.  The Leadership Certificate recognizes students who practice their new leadership knowledge in a hands-on experience and continually reflect on their actions and areas for growth.

Requirements for the Leadership Certificate:

Complete all 10 Leadership Development Program Foundation Courses (9 courses through LDP program + 1 equity & diversity course through campus partner)

Engage in a self-selected, on-going leadership experience (positional or non-positional) & Identify a coach within their chosen leadership experience to meet with at least four times to discuss their learning and application.

Complete a reflection paper that shows how through the leadership experience the student has applied their course learning.  Students will be expected to share how they’ve begun using intentional processes to lead with purpose, while being inclusive, ethical, and empowering.  Student will receive reflection question prompts during the Introduction to Leadership workshop.

If you have specific questions, please email leadandengage-LDP@ncsu.edu.

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2021-2022 Dates

Fall 2021 Registration Will Open Soon

Registration is required and is only open to current NC State students.  Foundation courses are designed to be taken in order, therefore students are asked to commit to taking one of the scheduled paths.  Click on “Registration Instructions” to see detailed directions for how to register for the certificate and for your chosen course dates.

Registration Instructions

Interest for 2021-2022

If you would like to be contacted when 2021-2022 registration opens, please submit your information here.

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Foundation Course Descriptions

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One-Time Leadership Workshops

Not quite ready to commit to the certificate program? Our office offers one-time leadership workshops for ongoing leadership development. Click here to see our upcoming workshops.

Contact Us

Connect with our team via email at leadandengage@ncsu.edu


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