The new online Graduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership program at North Central University is committed to continuing our institutional standard of academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment that prepares students to fulfill biblical models of leadership.
Through innovative teaching methods and superior faculty we are focused on preparing advanced learners so they may be thoroughly equipped for the competitive challenges of today's 21st century marketplace.
Launching in the fall of 2013 with carefully selected leadership courses, our program will then expand in the future to include a wide variety of certificate and Master's program options.
The overarching goals combine a thematic framework with North Central's professional education conceptual framework.
Build Communities of Godly Leaders and Learners
- Develop a deep understanding of theory and research-based conceptualization for community and its impact on organizations.
- Articulate how building community serves organizations.
- Reflect on how one's unique design, experiences, skills and spiritual gifts can most effectively be used to build community and ultimately, God's kingdom.
Practice Thoughtful Inquiry, Reflection and Application
- Develop a deep understanding of inquiry-related paradigms.
- Reflect on one's changing identity as researcher-scholar and practitioner.
- Reflect on the role of inquiry and application in one's professional environment.
Theme 1 – Building Community
Building community is essential in living a Christ-centered life. The quality of life is dependent on the quality of the community in which it takes place. A commitment to biblical values guides decisions and processes, and in turn offers a standard for evaluating the efficacy of the community in relation to attaining goals.
Theme 2 – Leadership
Leadership is an influence relationship that is contextual, reciprocal, and multidirectional. Effective leadership—reflective and biblical—concentrates on the centrality of learning and living by example, on building capacity of individuals, and on improving processes, programs, and systems. From this perspective, every individual is a leader and a follower.
Theme 3 – Technology
Technology in the 21st Century plays an important role in the day-to-day life. It can enable individuals internalize ideas, solve problems, and extend skills and concepts across different contexts. Information-age technology can provide us with powerful communication, visualization, and analytical tools. But Christians must not be mastered by it. Instead, they must harness the power of technology through responsible stewardship.
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Lyn Brownlee, Online Admissions Counselor for Graduate Studies
Individual courses in Strategic Leadership
- Spiritual Leadership
- Global Leadership
- Leadership Strategies & Strategic Planning
- History & Theory of Organizational Leadership
- Interpersonal Management
Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.