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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 - low residency model
PhD in Human & Organizational Systems
PhD in Human Development

Curriculum and Program Requirements

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

  • ODL-600 Online Orientation
  • ODL-670 Leadership: Theory and Practice
  • ODL-671 Leading by Design: Theory and Practice
  • ODL-672 Group Dynamics: Effective Teams and Group Development   

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

Effective date: 09/01/2015

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Required Courses

ODL-600 Online Orientation, 0 semester credits
ODL-670 Leadership: Theory and Practice, 4 semester credits
ODL-671 Leading by Design: Theory and Practice, 4 semester credits
ODL-672 Group Dynamics: Effective Teams and Group Development, 4 semester credits

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British Columbia Institute of Technology and Thompson Rivers University

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