Management Certificate Program

The Management Certificate Program is no longer accepting new applications. This certificate program has been redesigned and is now offered as the Professional Certificate in Leadership and Management

If you have any questions regarding this change, please contact Ashley Cooper at or 229-219-1276. 


This curriculum program is intended for frontline supervisors (manages individual contributors) and mid-level managers (manages other managers). If you are not currently a supervisor, but would like to participate, you must also submit two letters of recommendation.

Application Process
Prior to beginning the program, all participants must complete an application.

*Now accepting applications for our Spring 2017 Management Certificate Program cohort

Program Structure
This program has 6 required core courses and a minimum of 12 hours of elective classes (selected based on the needs of each individual). A program participant must complete all core courses and elective hours in order to graduate. Certificate is provided by Valdosta State University Continuing Education Department.

Cohort size - minimum of 8 and a maximum of 20 individuals per class.

This is formulated to be a two-year program, with all your required courses and electives having been taken within two years of your application to the program. Courses are offered so that you can complete the program within a year.

All courses are designed using Adult Learning Principles and contain elements of group discussion, homework assignments and a pass/fail test after each course. Tests will not only assess knowledge learned but skills and
abilities demonstrated. Some course content will be delivered online.

Core Curriculum

  • Fundamentals of Management and Supervision (offered Fall term/6 hours)
  • HR 101  (hybrid course) (offered Fall term/6 hours)
  • Coaching for Success (offered Fall term/3 contact hours)
  • Service Excellence: Management Issues & Strategies (offered Fall term/ 3 hours)
  • Leading a Diverse Workforce (offered Summer term/3.5 hours)
  • Conflict Management for Leaders (offered Spring term/ 4 hours)

Elective Courses:

  • Exploration of Diversity-Introduction
  • Who Moved My Cheese
  • Exploration of Diversity-Advanced
  • How to Turn Conflict into Collaboration
  • Leadership Profile and Personal Plan
  • Organization and Time Management
  • Assertiveness Communication Training
  • Policy and the Right Thing to Do: Sexual Harassment and Discrimination
  • Effective Meetings
  • Thriving During Times of Change
  • How to Hire the Right Person
  • Micro-aggression and Unconscious Bias
  • Listening and Interpersonal Communication
  • How to Hire the Right Person 
  • Workplace Violence 
  • Guiding Your Staff Through Change 
  • Business Writing (Online - Skillport)
  • Presentation Skills
  • Lean Six Sigma Series (Online - Skillport)
  • Additional electives may be selected from the list of courses offered by Employee and Organizational Development. Class must have a leadership or management emphasis.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 259-5105, or send us a message.