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Post-Master’s Certificate
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Post-Master’s Certificate in Organizational Leadership

Effective leadership is essential for the growth and sustainability of any organization. Regardless of your personal and organizational goals, expert leadership skills will help empower you and those you work with to achieve them. This certificate is designed for professionals aspiring to leadership roles in education, corporate, government, nonprofit, or community organizations. It equips you with the tools necessary to effectively lead, manage, and make things happen in any organization. Topics concentrate on the key strategies for forging alliances, building confidence and capacity, managing change, resolving conflict, and inspiring a shared vision. The curriculum is grounded in the latest applied research and explores goals, issues, and resolutions in contemporary organizations.

Admission Requirements 

A conferred master’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.


For the Post-Master’s Certificate in Leadership focused on Organizational Leadership, you must complete 6 courses (18 credit hours). The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 13 months.

Course Details

Course Listings

Conflict is a normal part of living and working together, and it can present opportunities to learn and grow both personally and professionally. Of course, conflict also comes with many negative aspects. In this course, you’ll examine conflict and mediation within a variety of educational organizations. You’ll evaluate a variety of conflict management skills and practices while considering the implications of diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural responsiveness in the process of conflict interpretation and management.

In this course, you’ll assess multiple factors that influence capacity, and then use those factors to analyze the capacity of educational organizations across diverse contexts. As you consider leadership skills and approaches that build and enhance capacity, you’ll also recommend solutions that align with the organization’s guiding statements. Throughout the course, you’ll consider the extent to which organizations use culturally-sustaining practices in planning and implementing progression.

An exploration of the role of ethical leadership in attaining organizational excellence. Given the many types of educational organizations, you’ll examine leadership competencies that relate specifically to ethical behavior in your choice of organizations. Organizational leaders create a culture of ethical behavior. Through case studies and other methods, you’ll analyze and critique the techniques those leaders use to communicate decisions, manage conflict, and address ethical dilemmas within the educational organization.

This course will strengthen your application of leadership theories, styles, attributes, and practices. You’ll examine the influence of leadership on organizational culture and consider how data can inform leadership decisions. As you consider your own leadership practices, you’ll also explore how social and economic trends have shaped historical leadership practices.

This course explores the fundamental concepts of leadership in nonprofit educational organizations. From the basics of board governance to the leader’s role in cultivating reciprocal community partnerships, you’ll consider the unique needs of different types of nonprofit educational institutions. You’ll also learn about the role of leadership in managing human and financial resources and in communicating with internal and external stakeholders.

In this course, you’ll analyze change management processes and evaluate real-world change management situations in the context of various educational institutions. You’ll explore resources for planning for and implementing change, and you’ll examine the forces that influence organizational productivity and culture. Finally, you’ll investigate the leadership practices necessary to lead educational organizations through change processes.

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Learning Outcomes

If you’ve earned your Master of Education degree, then our post-master’s certificate may move you past the head of the class. NU’s Post-Master’s Certificate in Organizational Leadership is designed to help you focus and develop your skill sets and knowledge in a particular area of education beyond the master’s level, without the need for a doctoral commitment or dissertation. You’ll not only enhance your understanding of major theories and practices in your specialty, but you’ll be challenged to think critically about the topics covered with the goal of applying what you learn to your professional objectives—all while gaining a wealth of experience from your mentoring professors.

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