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Kansas State University Community-Engaged Leadership Certificate Via Distance Learning

Posted by Tim on July 18, 2016 in Academics, New Programs

The Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University, in partnership with Points of Light and AT&T are pleased to announce the launch of a new undergraduate certificate program, offered via distance education. The Certificate in Community-Engaged Leadership program will launch in January 2017. Thanks to the generous support of the AT&T Foundation, partial and full scholarships are now available.

General Program Information

Kansas State University, in partnership with Points of Light, has developed a certificate program in Community-Engaged Leadership. This program is first of its kind, offering a network of resources, consisting of academic expertise from a top land-grant university, Points of Light’s national network, and local support through community advisors. The certificate program is designed to develop community-engaged leaders, who will work to mobilize community members and local organizations, within their own communities, to make progress on complex challenges. This program was designed intentionally to keep you in the community you care about so as a student you can work to mobilize community members around environmental, social, political, and economic issues in your neighborhood.


The work of the 2017 inaugural cohort will be themed around education’s role in strengthening democracy and developing engaged citizens. Although each participant will bring diverse interests and experiences, the theme will provide an opportunity for participants to evaluate, strategize, and make progress within the context of education. By working within this common theme, participants will contribute to the collective learning of the group while pursuing solutions to their unique challenges and focusing on their personal leadership development. For instance, while one participant in the certificate program could be engaged in environmental issues and another in food justice, both will explore and implement innovative ideas within broader theme of education.


  • One year, 12 credit-hour program (January 9-December 6, 2017)
  • Courses meet synchronously through a virtual platform on Wednesdays from 12:00-1:20 CST (weekly for 12 weeks, bi-weekly for 12 weeks, and every 3 weeks for 24 weeks)
  • First two courses provide foundational knowledge of developing community partnerships and community-engaged leadership
  • Final course connects academic knowledge to an applied, community-engaged project
  • Project design is determined by the student and community partner, addressing an identified need
  • Participants will work with a Community Coach to connect academic learning with practice to build partnerships within the community

Read full course descriptions here.


Applications are due September 15, 2016. The application includes admission to Kansas State University as a non-degree seeking student and a supplemental application to the Staley School of Leadership Studies. Here are more application instructions.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us for more information. I am available to visit more via phone, video conference, or email. I look forward to learning more about your interest in community-engaged leadership.

For more information, please contact Marcia Hornung at 785.532.0869 or