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Leadership Dynamics for Adult Learners
Graduate Certificate

Leadership Dynamics for Adult LeadersThere is a critical need for ongoing learning to become a part of the workforce culture in today’s society. This certificate program, offered at the K-State Olathe campus, is designed for professionals wishing to enhance their skill sets to lead and motivate people effectively, understand group dynamics and communicate. 

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Program Features

  • 8 week courses
  • Courses available 1 night each week at K-State Olathe
  • Full-time faculty with doctorates and experience as practitioners
  • No required prerequisites to start the program
  • May start coursework in fall, spring, or summer
  • No out-of-state tuition and fees or application fees
  • Can complete certificate in 12-18 months


  • Graduate School Application
  • Two official transcripts for all undergraduate coursework (minimum 3.0 GPA required)
  • Two official transcripts for all graduate coursework
  • Statement of professional experience and goals and purpose for seeking certificate.

Certificate Program Courses

The following 15 credit hours are required to complete the Leadership Dynamics for Adult Learners Graduate Certificate.

EDACE 832 Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Dynamics (3 credits)

This course examines various psychological and sociological factors that impact leadership. Through examining topics like motivation, communication and presentations styles, cognitive processing, learning styles and conflict management, students gain a deeper understanding of how these factors affect their personal leadership style and impact the adults they are leading.

EDACE 835 Developing Teams and Leaders (3 credits)

This course focuses on leadership theories and adult education theories. It will show how these theories and ideas can serve as practical tools to analyze and manage teams and leader development. Students will critically analyze their own leadership styles and skills, research leadership and ethical behavior.

EDACE 836 Group Dynamics of Adult Learners (3 credits)

The course focuses on group behavior and group processes in organizations. Ways individual and leader characteristics impact group processes will be addressed. In addition, behavior and productivity will be examined. Finally, the structure, management, and facilitation of groups to achieve organizational objectives, accomplish group tasks, and fulfill individual members’ needs will be addressed.

EDACE 837 Quality Programs and Staff Management (3 credits)

This course focuses on leadership management skills critical to building and maintaining quality programs and organizations. Students will identify their leadership and management skills and strengths, investigate effective coaching and mentoring models, and learn how to solve problems, delegate responsibility, and manage change. Conflict management, dealing with problem employees, and basic legal issues will be addressed.

EDACE 839 Experiential Learning and Leadership Dynamics (3 credits)
or course equivalent approved by program coordinators.

This course will be experientially based. Students will apply the theories and principles learned throughout the leadership dynamics program to a professional problem/setting. Students will present their experiences to a panel of academic and professional practitioners. (Pre-requisites: EDACE 832, 835, 836, & 837.)

The first four courses may be completed in any order. EDACE 839 Experiential Learning and Leadership Dynamics must be the last course in sequence. Courses are offered on a rotation basis.

Leadership Dynamics for Adult Learners Graduate Certificate flier (PDF)

*Graduate students must be seeking a degree to qualify for federal financial aid loans.

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