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Organizational Development and Leadership Certificate

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Organizational and Leadership Development Certification
Effective leaders and managers understand how to identify the points in an organization where small changes can make a big difference in the triple bottom line--people, planet, and profits. The Organizational Development and Leadership Certificate introduces you to theoretical and practical skills that will enhance your own effectiveness and the effectiveness of those around you. This certificate offers an introduction to assessment and evaluation, leadership development, team and group development, and organizational design that will allow you to lead change that matters. 
In collaboration with other working adults, students engage in an online environment that is intimate, thought-provoking, and motivating. Students master a challenging curriculum while building a deep sense of community and shared learning.


  • Acquire a knowledge base and develop skills that are immediately applicable in the workplace.
  • Engage with faculty members who are outstanding scholar-practitioners.
  • Understand a variety of assessment and evaluation tools.
  • Become a member of a global network of professionals who value learning, creativity, and respect for individual differences.
  • Earn a certificate from an accredited, nonprofit university with significant experience in distance learning.
  • Join a professional community that leads a wide range of management and consulting organizations across for-profit, nonprofit, and government sectors.

The academic credit earned with this certificate can be applied to several degree programs at Fielding:

MA in Organizational Development & Leadership
PhD in Human & Organizational Systems
PhD in Human Development

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Curriculum and Program Requirements

The Certificate in Organizational Development and Leadership consists of the following requirements:

  • ODL-600: Online Learning Orientation
  • ODL-601 Management and Leadership: Assessing Individual Responsibility
  • ODL-602: Leading by Design
  • ODL-603: Effective Team and Group Development   

You must complete 12 credits of coursework in order to graduate.

Effective date: 09/01/2014

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Required Courses

ODL-600 Online Learning Orientation, 0 semester credits
Designed to introduce students to the online environment and practices in Fielding's ODL program, this online seminar takes place during the first week of the academic trimester. Students will learn to use Fielding's website and software to navigate, post and complete initial assignments. Students will meet online and begin building community with their entering cohort and receive course introductions in preparation for beginning the academic term. Faculty and staff participate in facilitating dialogue and increasing online skills as the seminar progresses. Certificate students participate in the orientation for two days; master's students participate for four days.
ODL-601 Management & Leadership: Assessing Individual Responsibility, 4 semester credits
Designed to help students identify processes of generating and evaluating organizational change projects. Examines fundamental inquiry concepts, terminology, and methodologies necessary to both conduct and critically evaluate applied research and intervention projects in organizational settings. Course topics introduce a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods including action research, needs assessment, program evaluation, analysis of social/organizational settings, and appreciative inquiry. Designed to support the understanding of specific inquiry issues raised in all the ODL courses as well as the development of the student's Masters' Project should the student pursue it.
ODL-602 Leading by Design, 4 semester credits
Provides an overview of leading models of organizational structure, processes, rules, behavior, roles and function. Focuses on different theories of organizations and their relevance in today's high technology, global workplace. Considers chaos complexity theory, addressing organizations as complex adaptive systems, co-evolving with an environment that is often turbulent and non-predictable. Critically examines different types of change -- incremental, transitional, transformative and strategic -- and their application in doing systems work. Students learn to understand the fundamentals and appropriateness of various organizational interventions.
ODL-603 Effective Team and Group Development, 4 semester credits
Focuses on the impact of collaborative working teams in local and global organizations. Discusses elements of an effective team in various situations, such as mergers and acquisitions or interorganizational projects. Examines how work gets done in virtual or geographically dispersed teams, including the impact of web technologies on group performance, potential and learning. Students gain an understanding of group processes and how to facilitate and collaborate with groups online.
Pre-requisites: ODL-601

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