​Getting Started

​Who is Eligible for the Program?

The Leadership Development Certificate Program is available to all students enrolled in the College of Agriculture who meet the below requirements. You must have:

  • A minimum of 30 graded credit hours completed at a post-secondary institution towards your degree program prior to entering the Leadership Development Certificate Program.
  • At least four semesters remaining in your degree program prior to entering the Leadership Development Certificate Program.
  • Good academic standing. It is expected that you will remain in good academic standing throughout the program.
How do I Apply?

​If you are enrolled in the College of Agriculture, have at least 30 graded credit hours, have four semesters remaining and are in good academic standing, the next step is to complete the Statement of Intent form. Submit it, along with a resume, to the Leadership Development Certificate Program Office located in the Agricultural Administration Building, Room 121. The Leadership Development Certificate Program Committee will review your application and assign you a coach based on your preferences, if possible. Both you and the coach will be notified of this action and you may then proceed with the program.


The following is an overview of the various requirements for the Leadership Development Certificate Program. The specifics of each requirement will be addressed more fully in following sections of this manual.

  • Submit Statement of Intent Form with a Résumé:  This is the first step in being admitted into the Leadership Development Certificate Program.
  • Select a Coach:  A list of qualified coaches can be obtained from the Leadership Development Certificate Program office, which is located in Room 121 of the Agricultural Administration Building.
  • Complete a Leadership Skills and Attributes Self-Assessment:  All participating students will complete a self-assessment as described in another section of this manual​
  • Complete a Personal Development Plan​: Following completion of a self-assessment, you will complete a Personal Development Plan.  This will include the establishing self-improvement goals in at least four of the eleven leadership skills and attributes.  Personal growth is expected in all eleven skills and attributes and to be reflected in the portfolio.
  • Participate in On-Campus University Recognized Group Experiences: You are expected to be an active participant in two non-classroom group or team experiences for at least one semester, contributing to the goals of that group and documenting those experiences and growth in the portfolio.
  • Participate in an Off-Campus Community Group Experience:  You are expected to be an active participant and contribute to the goals of at least one off-campus, non-university recognized, community group for at least one semester.  Growth in the leadership skills and attributes must be documented in the portfolio through involvement in positions of employment and civic organizations, mission programs, international experiences, or other activities.
  • Participate in Leadership Programs and Workshops: You will participate in a minimum of two College of Agriculture-sponsored leadership programs and workshops.  In addition, you must participate in an additional two leadership programs, either on or off campus.  The leadership growth experienced (reflection) from the four programs will be documented in the portfolio.
  • Complete Six Credit Hours of Academic Course Offerings: Documentation of growth in the leadership skills and attributes areas will be required through at least six credit hours of academic course offerings.  All courses included must be justified and you must indicate how each course applies to your personal development plan and the four major self-improvement goals.  NOTE:  The courses do not have to have “leadership” as the main focus but you must justify to your coach the course’s relevance.
  • Develop a Portfolio: Working with a leadership coach, you will develop a portfolio that documents your progress on the four major self-improvement goals identified in your personal development plan as well as personal growth in all leadership skills and attributes.