Alumni Certificate Program

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Graduates of the MA in Leadership program are invited to extend their knowledge and skills by enrolling in the Alumni Certificate Program in one of the three concentrations:

This 8 month certificate program consist of four courses: three focus on theories, skills and practices related to the concentration areas, and one focuses on a practical application through a modest project. Alumni certificate program participants are joining MA in Leadership learners in their second year in the fourth and fifth trimester of the newly redesigned six-trimester degree program.

Certificate Program Requirements

To earn a certificate in one of the three topic areas, participants:

  1. Enroll in all four courses.

  1. Complete the following requirements:

    1. All course assignments including online participation, projects, and written papers

    2. Excerpts from a learning journal; and

    3. Propose, implement and describe a small Action Research project on a concentration related topic.

Application Process

  1. Submit a 1-2 page letter of interest to leadership@stmarys-ca.edu that describes:

    1. Your journey since graduating from the MA in Leadership Program,

    2. What about the particular concentration area interests you; and

    3. How you intend to apply it to your work and life.

  1. Interview with an MA in Leadership faculty member

Application Due Dates

Certificate Program Start

Application Due

September 2017

  • Social Justice

  • Organizational Learning and Change

July 1, 2017

January 2018

  • Coaching and Facilitation

  • Social Justice

November 1, 2017

 

Certificate Program Tuition and Fees  

  • $2500 for certificate program ($625 per course) $500 deposit and remaining balance can be paid in four installments (no financial aid is available).

  • 3 of the 4 courses can be taken for credit at the MA tuition rate.

  • Course material fees and costs of books of are approximately $300 per certificate program.

Certificate course descriptions and dates can be found below. For additional information contact Ken Otter at kotter@stmarys-ca.edu.

 

 Certificate in Social Justice

(begins September 2017 & January 2018)

Certificate Description

The certificate program in Social Justice Leadership provides you with a specialized focus in a much desired and needed area of leadership practice. It focuses on promoting social justice, which is built on a foundation of fostering awareness of inequalities and cultivates ongoing habits of mind and of actions that advance justice.

This certificate program in Social Justice Leadership is grounded in a theory-to-practice orientation, action research driven by a desire to expand justice, and an exploration of how justice can be advanced in individuals, groups, and society. This program is ideally suited for those who are concerned with the distribution of privilege, power and resources and are committed to advancing the long arc of justice. Learners may include nonprofit professionals, benefit corporation professionals, community organizers, direct service providers, community organizers, activists, and educators. Social entrepreneurs and for-profit leaders who desire for their work to bring about a greater good that can also benefit from a certificate in Social Justice Leadership.

Learning Goals

  • Learn of political and spiritual philosophies that shape how society understands and talks about social justice.

  • Apply knowledge of these philosophies in personal, professional, and academic contexts.

  • Connect leadership theory to current and historical social movements.

  • Expand capacities to develop and enact change strategies in complex systems.

  • Deepen awareness of how issues of justice and inequality are at work in teams, organizations, cities, countries, and international settings.

Course Descriptions

Foundations of Justice

This course provides foundational understandings for justice and develops skills for advocacy and deliberation of justice issues. The readings include moral philosophy, critical theory, and spiritual and faith traditions’ view of justice. Learners will be expected to use the readings, discussions, and activities of the course to both question and refine their individual and collective sense of what justice means and to engage in thoughtful deliberation about complex issues. Each learner will choose an issue of justice, investigate multiple perspectives on it, and write a paper advocating a particular position related to that issue.

 Project Proposal Development

In this course you will design a project, individually or as part of a group, to take a deeper dive into a particular practical application of Social Justice. While it is similar in approach to the one you designed and implemented in the MA program, i.e. using an action inquiry method, it is a much more modest version. The project you design in this course is to be implemented over the subsequent two courses of the certificate program.

Social Movements

This course looks deeply into social movements as a responsibility of community membership on local and global scales, and at social justice as a context for exercising leadership. Specifically, in this course we will use case studies of social movements and your own interests and experiences to explore the nature of leadership and change. Particular attention will be invested in the notions of advocacy and social mobilization in movements rooted in interconnected issues of justice. Learners will also have the opportunity to research and present a movement important to them as well as shape and guide the learning for the full class.

Policy & Systemic Change

This course focuses on social policy as a potent vehicle for fostering meaningful change in large complex social systems. Effective social policy has the potential to not only address the unfair and unequal distribution of benefits and access, but to advance the health and well being of all. We pay attention to social policy as a collective response to a social problem, which involves the process of policy-making, its outcome and implementation. The overarching goal of the course is to recognize the policy cycle as means for systems change particularly as it pertains to social justice concerns, and to explore the role leadership plays in this change and in all phases of the policy cycle.

September 2017 Calendar

January 2018 Calendar

  

Certificate in Coaching and Facilitation

(begins January 2018)

Certificate Description

The Leadership Coaching and Facilitation certificate provides a specialized focus in an area of leadership practice. By acquiring practical knowledge in coaching and facilitation, learners enhance their effectiveness in developing others, improving performance, and promoting collaboration in service of personal and organizational goals and aspirations.

This certificate in Leadership Coaching and Facilitation acquaints learners with contemporary coaching and facilitation theories, research, methods and applications. It provides a foundation for future development as an independent professional coach or facilitator for individuals and teams. This preparation can also be an integral part of your present work and leadership expertise and practice.

Learning Goals

  • Increase your effectiveness in developing and facilitating others to improve their performance.

  • Expand your range of leadership competencies and intelligences in areas including but not limited to: self-awareness, interpersonal communication, collaboration, and designing actions.

  • Gain competence and confidence in working with others that transforms learning edges and challenges into assets and strengths.

  • Develop the skills, discernment and personal attributes needed to engage and attend to diverse needs, interests and values of people.

  • Recognize your individual strengths, interests and contributions in coaching and facilitation.

  • Incorporate a coaching and facilitation orientation into your professional practice.

Course Descriptions

The Art and Science of Coaching: Principles, Processes and Competencies

This course draws upon the variety of disciplines that inform the practice of coaching, such as psychology, adult learning, communication, and human performance to acquaint the learner with the theories, models, and skills needed to effectively coach individuals and/or groups. The course offers ample opportunities for learners to explore the craft of coaching, to develop their skills, and their unique style. The course also focuses on the practice of coaching in organizational life and leadership, as a particular expression of leadership and a pathway for developing others. Attention to how coaching links with organizational goals and culture, as well as designing and learning from results-oriented actions, is explored as well.

Project Proposal Development

In this course you will design a project, individually or as part of a group, to take a deeper dive into a particular practical application of Coaching and Facilitation. While it is similar in approach to the one you designed and implemented in the MA program, i.e. using an action inquiry method, it is a much more modest version. The project you design in this course is to be implemented over the subsequent two courses of the certificate program.

The Craft of Group and Meeting Facilitation

In this highly practical course, learners become acquainted with the theories, methods, and techniques of effective facilitation in meetings and in groups. The course examines the various types and ingredients of facilitation, and the role of group dynamics and development involved. By engaging the learner’s experience and opportunities for practice, the course helps identify and enhance one’s unique approach to group and meeting facilitation, while increasing one’s competence and confidence. Attention of how to design agendas, make appropriate interventions, address conflict, and foster collaboration are also explored. In addition, the course introduces a framework for ongoing practitioner development in effective group and meeting facilitation.

Coaching and Facilitation Practicum: Individual and Group Approaches

This course is focused on advancing one’s professional practice in coaching and/or facilitation. Learners have the opportunity to participate in applied coaching and facilitation activities in and out of class, receive feedback, and experiment with new learning. Each person creates a personal and professional development plan that engages and transforms their learning edges, designs a course of action for continued learning, and develops strategies for incorporating a coaching and/or facilitation practice into their work and life.

January 2018 Calendar

 

 

Certificate in Organizational Learning and Change

(begins September 2017)

Certificate Description

The Certificate in Organizational Learning and Change is a dynamic values-based approach to systems change in individuals, organizations, and communities. In it, we examine how these processes inform the effective practice of leadership and deepen our understanding of the interdependent relationships of the individual, small group, organization/community, and society. At the individual level, we focus on the development of the person in service of effective leadership in organizations and alignment with one’s values and aspirations for a better world. At the organizational level, we develop capacities to determine how to respond to both technical and adaptive challenges. We explore design and facilitation of environments that support and catalyze transformative change in people and we strive to build the capacity to achieve and sustain a new and more effective system that benefits the organization, community and world around them.

Learning Goals

  • To understand the history, dynamics and processes of deep change in people individually and organizationally.
  • To gain knowledge of the interdependent relationship the individual, small group, organization/community, and society for the transformation of our social institutions toward wisdom and integrative health.
  • To design and facilitation of environments that support and catalyze transformative change in people.

Courses Descriptions

Foundations of Organizational Learning and Change

The first course in this certificate program examines the process of change in organizations and individuals. Attending to the dynamics of how individuals shape organizations and organizations shape individuals, the course builds on the systems theory work in earlier courses. Through the lens of organizational learning, learners will examine the process of large systems change and with an emphasis on creating healthy and sustainable organizational change. Attention will also be giving to the interdependencies that impact organizational functioning: individual behavior, interpersonal relationships, organizational processes, structures, and cultures.

Project Proposal Development

In this course you will design a project, individually or as part of a group, to take a deeper dive into a particular practical application of Organizational Learning and Change. While it is similar in approach to the one you designed and implemented in the MA program, i.e. using an action inquiry method, it is a much more modest version. The project you design in this course is to be implemented over the subsequent two courses of the certificate program.

Facilitating Learning for Systems Change

This third course of the sequence focuses on the skills needed to facilitate systems change. Through case study and drawing on participants’ leadership projects, learners will engage in discussions about entry, diagnosis, and intervention processes when facilitating organizational change. Incorporating a group level focus on values, learners will identify processes for shifting organizational capacity from traditional approaches to managing to engaging in creative, participatory leadership practices. A focus on group dynamics supports learners’ development as change agents within their organizations and communities.

Integration and Practicum: Organizational Learning in Action

This final course in the Organizational Learning and Change sequence turns to an action focus. Building on the skills for facilitating organizational change and transformation developed in the second course, we take a deep dive into understanding one’s own role as change agent, facilitating individual change, assessing team readiness for change, and enhancing learners’ facilitation skills.

September 2017 Calendar