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Certificate in Organizational Leadership

Next Start Date

January 11th

Credit Hours

12 hours


100% Online

Why Choose Trinity's CERTIFICATE in Organizational Leadership?

The Certificate in Organizational Leadership is offered through the Educational Ministries and Studies Department at TEDS and offers a variety of options and areas of focus for your studies. Whether you are a busy ministry leader wanting to strengthen your skills, a graduate student seeking to enhance your degree program, or someone interested in postgraduate or postdoctoral studies, your practice of ministry and base of knowledge will grow as a result of what you learn.
Our faculty are committed Christians, who challenge you to apply your faith to the complexities of life, while also guiding you toward academic success. An admissions counselor will help you plan a course of study that aligns with your interests, career, and ministry goals. The courses listed below are included in the program and will give you a clear snapshot of what you’ll be studying. Courses offerings alternate every semester.

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The Certificate in Organizational Leadership is designed for people who desire to obtain advanced certification in organizational leadership at either the masters or doctoral level, but do not wish to enroll in a degree program. Or for people who may not possess a baccalaureate degree but have had intensive or extensive life experience with organizational leadership practice, and are able to demonstrate the ability to do graduate level studies. 

The Certificate in Organizational Leadership is also appropriate for those who wish to explore organizational development in the Local Church Track (master’s track) or in Executive Leadership (doctoral track) in addition to their other TIU degree program.

Financial Aid

Did you know that nearly 95% of our students receive some form of financial aid? At Trinity we offer scholarships, grants, rebates, and other aid options to help pay for the cost of schooling. Learn more about what is available below or by contacting the Financial Aid Office at [email protected].

why complete a certificate program?

In light of the need for continuing education in the church, higher education, and organizational leadership, the Educational Ministries and Studies Department offers three Certificates – Certificate in Educational Ministries, Certificate in Teaching and Learning (both masters and doctoral levels), and Certificate in Organizational Leadership (both masters and doctoral levels). The Certificates are intended to engage learners who may not be interested in enrolling in a degree program, may wish to add it to their current master’s degree program, or are interested in postgraduate or postdoctoral studies.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Certificate in Organizational Leadership generally possess the following:
  • Intensive or extensive life experience with team and leadership practice in the church, parachurch, other Christian organization, higher education, or in the public education arena (generally five-plus years of full-time experience)
  • Non-formal or informal preparation for team and leadership at the graduate level
  • Demonstrated academic ability through evaluation and interview by the EM Department (personal interview encompassing demonstrable skills, character, knowledge, and critical thinking)
  • Admission to the Executive Leadership Track is limited to those persons who hold a graduate degree and are engaged or anticipating engagement as a senior leader in an organizational context.
  • Completion of the Certificate Application with accompanying requisite materials

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Featured Faculty

Donald C. Guthrie, EdD

Donald is a frequent teacher at conferences and retreats, often addressing teaching and learning; systems theory in leadership, team, and ministry contexts; cross-cultural teaching and learning; power and interests in teaching and learning; intergenerational and generational lifelong learning; faith, vocation, and culture; lay member empowerment in the local church; art, beauty, and creativity in learning; and resilience and wellbeing.


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