A New Undergraduate Certificate Program in the Works – Leadership Studies

The Department of Educational Leadership Studies (EDL) and the Department of Community and Leadership Development (CLD) are proposing to offer an undergraduate certificate in leadership studies. The proposal has been approved by Undergraduate Council and is now on its way to Senate.

Leadership and Service LLC logoThe plan is that this new certificate program – while a program of study for any undergraduate or post-baccalaureate student – will bolster the existing Living-Learning Community (LLC) in Leadership and Service.  Established in 2010 with the Student Affairs program director for Community Outreach, Sarah Hermsmeier as the LLC program director, the Leadership and Service LLC is located in Holmes Hall. (See the recent UKnow article featuring the Leadership and Service LLC.)

Grace Gorell

Grace Gorell

The College of Agriculture is the LLC’s academic partner, and the students are required to take CLD300 Leadership Exploration, which includes a capstone project at the end of the first semester. This course is taught each year by Grace Gorrell, a CLD instructor in the College of Agriculture.

Jared Roberts

Jared Roberts

Jared Roberts (@jaredwade93 on Twitter), a junior majoring in psychology, has been peer mentor to the group for two years. Erolle Garner, a senior from Community and Leadership Development, is a first-year mentor.

Erolle Gardner

Erolle Gardner

The LLC’s Twitter handle is @UKLeadServe.

The Leadership and Service LLC is planning to move to the more spacious Woodland Glen I, now under construction on the south end of campus.

Watch the video below, featuring Grace Marie Thompson who is a freshman from Erlanger, to learn more about this LLC:

The proposed certificate program relies on four conceptual “pillars:”

  • Understanding core concepts about leadership
  • Fostering team and organizational leadership
  • Embracing community leadership
  • Focusing on intercultural communication skills


  • Students will be able to identify and apply basic concepts, skills, styles, theories, and models of leadership.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate appropriate and effective use of listening, oral, and written skills as well as critical thinking skills and self-analysis for use in specific leadership situations.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate one’s personal ethics, including the values and culture that contribute to their ethical position.


The program consists of 18 credits of undergraduate study in leadership. Students will take one course from each of the four pillars and two additional elective leadership courses.

Leadership Foundations (3 credits)

    • EDL402 / CLD402: Principles of Leadership
    • CLD230 / EDL230: Intrapersonal Leadership

Organizational Change (3 credits)

    • EDL571: Design Thinking in Education
    • CLD530: Fundamentals of Organizational Leadership

Community Leadership and Relationships (3 credits)

    • CLD430: Leading in Communities: Vision, Action & Change
    • CLD404 / EDL404: Contemporary Leadership Applications
    • CLD260: Community Portraits
    • CLD330: Interpersonal Skills for Tomorrow’s Leaders

Ethics, Diversity, and International Understanding (3 credits)

    • CLD470: Leadership Power, Ethics & Impact
    • CLD403 / EDL403: Leadership Context & Styles
    • Any approved study abroad experience

Electives (6 credit hours):

  • Any course in the above pillars not already counted
  • Any approved study abroad experience (can only count 3 credits for certificate)
  • Approved courses include but are not limited to:
      • AMS301: Leadership & Management
      • AMS341: Leadership & Management II
      • AMS395: Independent Study in Leadership
      • COM252: Intro to Interpersonal Communication
      • COM281: Communication in Small Groups
      • COM325: Intro to Organizational Communication
      • MGT 410: Analysis of Organization Behavior
      • MGT 320: Survey of Human Resource Management
      • UK100: Emerging Leader Institute

Other Vital Elements:

  • At least 12 credit hours must be taken for a letter grade
  • At least 12 credits at 200-level or above and a minimum of 6 credit hours at 300-level or above
  • At least one course needs to be taken in the sister discipline (EDL or CLD)
  • No more than 6 credits in the certificate are used to satisfy requirements for the student’s bachelor’s degree, minor, or another certificate (exclusive of free or unrestricted electives)

For questions regarding this program, individuals should contact the Program Director:
Dr. Jayson W. Richardson | jayson.richardson@uky.edu | 859.379.9097
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership Studies
Director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education
Director of Online Teaching and Learning
Taylor Hall, Room 151G, University of Kentucky, Lexington 40506-0017


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