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Spring 2015 Leadership Development Certificate grads on their last night of class with Strategic Change Instructor Mary Pellak (center)

Leadership effectiveness is an important factor today when organizations must simultaneously cut budgets while retaining and nurturing talent. Every organization needs skilled leaders to allocate limited resources and to create a work environment that encourages employees’ development, involvement, commitment, and retention. To meet the growing need for competent leaders, Penn State Great Valley offers a unique leadership development certificate program.

Certificate Requirement: Four courses

A Penn State Great Valley certificate is awarded upon completion of the four required courses.  Participants not wishing to take the entire sequence are welcome to take any course that interests them pending prerequisite knowledge.

Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education Units (CEUs), based on a standard of one unit per ten (10) hours of classroom contact, are awarded.

For more information call 610-648-3281 or email gvskills@psu.edu.

These courses are PDO (Professional Development Opportunity eligible.

Registration online below or call 610-648-3274.  Find out more about registration options and the withdrawal/refund policy.

Course #

Course Title

Sessions Times Fall I Fall II
BUSAD 5526 Developing Personal Leadership


6:00-9:00 p.m.

8/27 - 10/8
Register online

BUSAD 5520 Leading Change in Organizations


6:00-9:00 p.m.

10/22 - 12/10
(no class 11/26)
Register online

 Course # Course Title
(click course # for description)
 Sessions  Times  Spring I  Spring II
BUSAD 5701  Decision Making  7  
6:00-9:00 p.m.

1/14 - 2/25

BUSAD 5604  Strategic Planning  7  
6:00-9:00 p.m.
3/10 - 4/21
Leadership Development courses and schedule for Fall 2015/Spring 2016

Note: The University reserves the right to cancel courses owing to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.

Student Testimonials

"I can't say enough about the program.  Each week, I was able to learn not only from the professor, but also from the other students in the class.  It was quite an inspiration to have so many intelligent, articulate professionals all in one place."
--Cynthia Dallara, Leadership Development Certificate 2014

"Enrolling in the leadership development certificate program has been great for both my professional and personal growth. I have learned a great deal from not only the instructors and the material presented, but also from the other class members. The variety of professions represented has been very beneficial. I would recommend the program to anyone who is looking to improve their leadership skills."
--Lee Geib, Leadership Development Student

Instructor Testimonials

"The leadership development program at Penn State Great Valley attracts students from diverse work, and ethnic backgrounds. With diversity comes a richness of sharing and learning; to engage with students who are eager to learn, who bring a plethora of experience and energy to the classroom is invigorating for me as an instructor. Students have shared that the courses offered in the program fill their professional and personal development needs."
-Dr. Sheila K. Perkins, Leadership Development Certificate program instructor

"Over the last several years I have coached more than 2500 individuals in their career transitions.  It is invaluable that professionals are invested in continual professional development and can discuss these efforts with prospective employers.   The certificate programs offered by Penn State Great Valley contribute to an individual’s continued commitment to career growth."
-Mary Pellak, Leadership Development Certificate program instructor

On-site Programs: Develop a stronger workforce for the future

Companies and organizations can have these programs conducted on our campus or at another location. Program content can be customized to meet the needs of the company.