Certification Overview

The Certification in Executive Leadership provides students with those skills necessary to lead operational units across a broad organizational spectrum. The focus is on developing the talents required to advance competitiveness and motivate others to succeed. Students successfully finishing the four courses not only complete the certification but also earn twelve hours of graduate credit. This emphasis is offered online and may be completed in conjunction with the Master of Arts in Professional Development and the Master of Science in Human Relations & Business.

A background in executive leadership is something that can benefit a professional in virtually any industry or career path. If you are interested in pursuing further leadership training and improving your professional skills and marketability as a potential corporate executive or leader, then Amberton University’s Executive Leadership certification program is the perfect fit for you.

What Is the Executive Leadership Certification?

The Certification programs at Amberton are aimed at individuals who want to build upon existing skills or experience and give themselves an extra boost toward landing a specific type of job or promotion. Some students pursue these programs in conjunction with other degrees that we offer. Other students pursue certification programs as stand-alone paths of study. The Certification in Executive Leadership is a graduate-level program designed to help students develop or hone the skills required to lead organizations or one of its internal operational units.

What Types of Courses Are Included in the Certification in Executive Leadership?

The Certification in Executive Leadership is a 12-credit-hour program that consists of four courses. These courses include:

  • HBD6776 Leadership Theories and Practice

Leadership Theories and Practice is an executive leadership course exploring the leadership development theories that are currently in vogue at major corporations. Students will learn current theories, concepts, terminology, and attitudes that apply to leadership and management in the modern age. Further, the course seeks to help budding leaders see how they might adapt or evolve their leadership methods to suit the ever-changing world of work and organizational operation. 

  • HRT6570 Leadership & Team Development

This course focuses on management team development, helping students understand how their leadership can foster team building, interpersonal relationships, and functional collaboration among groups of people. Conflict management and resolution are also significant focuses of the course.

  • HBD5741 Motivation

This course explores how leadership fosters motivation—both on an organizational level and the more granular levels of department, team, or individual. Students will examine the theories of motivation, the function of goal setting, the importance of communication and feedback, systems for rewarding and recognizing team employees, strategies for shifting employee attitudes, and the concepts of employee attachment and learned helplessness. 

  • HBD5173 Organizational Behavior

Human behavior—both that of individuals and the idea of “organizational behavior”—must be considerable points of focus for any corporate leader. This course delves into the history of organizational behavior, exploring the concept from an integrated social science point-of-view. Other topics include corporate/company culture and its effect on job performance and group productivity; conflict resolution within an organization; and the relationship between organizational structure, work design, and the quality of work life.

What Are the Requirements for This Leadership Training Certification?

The Executive Leadership course/certification is intended as a supplemental path of study for students who are already completing master’s programs in other disciplines. Specifically, the program can be completed in conjunction with either the Master of Science in Human Relations & Business or the Master of Arts in Professional Development. In either case, students can complete the entirety of the certification in Executive Leadership via online study. The program not only earns students the certification but also 12 hours of graduate credit for the four required courses.

How Can the Certification in Executive Leadership Be Applied?

This certification focuses on key leadership values and functions, such as credibility, integrity, management team development, goal setting, motivation, innovation, and vision. Leaders with these skills are better equipped to accomplish remarkable things in virtually any organizational environment. Students who engage with this leadership training program, especially in conjunction with Amberton’s professional development and human relations programs, will be prepared to take on high-level leadership positions in private sector businesses, nonprofit organizations, or public sector departments alike.

Hours Required: 12


HBD6776 Leadership Theories and Practice

The course presents leadership development theories necessary for the challenges of today’s organizations and for the rapidly changing work environment of the future. The course addresses current terminology, concepts, competencies, and attitudes to enable students to become leaders who accomplish extraordinary things in organizations while maintaining integrity and credibility.

HRT6570 Leadership & Team Development

The course acquaints the student with processes to utilize interpersonal, conflict management, team building, and leadership skills to achieve objectives in a group. The primary objective of the course is to help students analyze the role of leadership and teams.

HBD5741 Motivation

The course presents an in-depth examination of current issues on motivation and their application to real-life situations. Topics include not only the theories of motivation but also goal setting, employee attachment, reward systems, employee attitudes, and the phenomenon of learned helplessness.

CAVEAT: No graduate credit will be awarded if HBD4741 has been successfully completed.

HBD5173 Organizational Behavior

The course presents an integrated social science view of human behavior in organizations. Topics include inter-group relations, conflict in organizations, organization structure, work design, and the quality of work life.

CAVEAT: No graduate credit will be awarded if HBD3173 has been successfully completed

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