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Undergraduate Certificate | Leadership in the Public Sector


The Leadership in the Public Sector Certificate is housed in the School of Public and International Affairs, serving North Carolina State University’s mission “to create an innovative learning environment that stresses mastery of fundamentals, intellectual discipline, creativity, problem solving, and responsibility.”​

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Undergraduate Certificate

The Leadership in the Public Sector (LPS) Undergraduate Certificate is designed for those students who want to develop the knowledge and skills to be effective leaders in the public sector. 


The Leadership in the Public Sector (LPS) Undergraduate Certificate is designed for those students who want to develop the knowledge and skills to be effective leaders in the public sector. Students in this program will survey leadership theories, research, and applied practices in order to learn and apply necessary skills, methods, and techniques of effective leadership in public and non-profit organizations. This certificate program is offered entirely online and available only for non-traditional or non-degree seeking students.

The primary assumption of the program is that leading public and nonprofit organizations presents a more challenging but ultimately more rewarding career than leadership in the private sector. The Leadership in the Public Sector Certificate program provides non-degree students with a liberal arts foundation in the ethical, theoretical, and policy analytical skills necessary to be effective “values-based” leaders in the public and non-profit organizations.

The LPS certificate curriculum provides quality, focused leadership study for adult learners and military transfer students. The certificate program is delivered completely online, allowing students to gain academic knowledge that furthers their career goals without taking a leave of absence or adhering to a rigid class.

Students pursuing university certificate programs enroll as non-degree studies (NDS) students for the purpose of university registration. Contact the LPS program to enroll in the LPS certificate student.

There is no time limit on completion of the certificate; however, if students wish to take a “break” from the certificate program, they must notify the LPS academic advisor. This will allow us to keep track of the number of enrolled certificate students.

Students who complete the certificate may apply for admittance to the Bachelor of Arts Online Degree Completion Program: Leadership in the Public Sector. If a certificate student completes this B.A. degree, then the certificate will be removed from their transcript, as students may not have a certificate or a minor degree in the same major degree.

The University Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership in the Public Sector (LPS) requires 15 undergraduate credit hours (5 courses). Students pursuing only the university certificate program are considered non-degree studies (NDS) students for the purpose of university registration. NDS students may register for a maximum of six credit hours per semester. Thus, the certificate may take from three to five semesters to complete.

A grade of C (2.0) or better is required for each course taken in the certificate program, as well as a 2.66 overall cumulative GPA in all certificate courses. If a student drops below this GPA, the student may not continue in the program.

The program administrator will determine whether courses, which have been transferred from other institutions, qualify for the certificate. No more than one course transferred from other institutions may count toward the certificate.

Upon completion of the Leadership in the Public Sector Certificate, student will be able to:

  • Survey, evaluate and demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and theories of mainstream leadership;
  • Differentiate between leadership in public versus private organizations;
  • Examine the latest strategies for recruiting, developing, motivating, and evaluating personnel in public sector organizations;
  • Complete a comprehensive self-assessment of the student’s leadership characteristics;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the dimensions of ethical behavior in the public and non-profit sectors.
  • Understand how to design a study that matches one’s research agenda and minimizes threats to validity
  • Utilize analytical and research tools to recognize policy problems confronting public sector leaders


Departmental Requirements

Units: 3

This introductory course is designed for students who are interested in exploring public sector leadership. It starts with acquainting how to conduct adequate academic research for studying leadership. Covering fundamental concepts and assumptions of leadership, it will focus on necessary skills and approaches for good public and non-profit sector leadership. The course will also address contemporary e-government practices and the role of information technology in the public sector.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Fall Term 2017 Spring Term 2017 Summer Term 2

Units: 3

Nature and varieties of political leadership by elected and appointed officials in government, officials and volunteers in nonprofit organizations, and leaders of political movements and community groups drawing on literature in political science, self-assessment of student's leadership characteristics and examination of outlets for political leadership activity.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Spring Only

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2016 Fall Term 2017 Spring Term 2017 Summer Term 1

Units: 3

This course will teach students to investigate political and policy related questions in a systematic and scientifically rigorous fashion. Students will become familiar with the basic toolkit of social science methodology, practice basic data analysis, and develop a research project. They will acquire the skills essential for evaluating the claims of others and for advancing sound arguments of their own. This knowledge is applicable in a wide variety of organizational research, needs assessment, program and performance evaluation.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2016 Fall Term 2017 Spring Term 2017 Summer Term 1

ELECTIVE COURSES

Choose one 200 elective and one 300 or 400 elective

Units: 3

LPS 201 offers up an introduction to the ideals and paradoxes of humanitarian intervention, with a special emphasis on military responses to humanitarian crises. This course explores the history, animating ideals and contemporary paradoxes of humanitarian action and related military interventions. Throughout history and ever increasingly in the present, there is an intersection between military and humanitarian operations in conflict zones.

Offered in Fall Only

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2017 Spring Term 2017 Summer Term 1

Units: 3

The course covers the basics of fundraising for public and non-profit agencies which include the agencies history, board development, event planning, and the motivation of the giver. In addition, the students will learn the elements of grant proposals related to public sector agencies. The work will include case studies, weekly lectures, discussion assignments, final exam and a special event planning proposal.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

Units: 3

Perspectives on leadership dilemmas and strategies in a globalized, knowledge-based, network-dependent environment. Challenges of state and nation-building abroad. Trans-border policy concerns for the national, state, and local governments. Applications of soft power and public diplomacy. International interactions of non-profit and non-governmental organizations. International aspects of informal and grass roots activism.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term

Units: 3

Analysis of American political institutions and processes, including the constitution, political culture, campaigns and elections, political parties, interest groups, the media, the president, congress, the federal courts, and public policy. Discussion of contemporary and controversial issues in American politics. Emphasis on placing current issues in comparative and historical perspective where relevant.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Fall Term 2017 Spring Term 2017 Summer Term 1 2017 Summer Term 2

Units: 3

State and local governments within the context of the American federal system. Special emphasis on federalism, the constitutional/legal relationships between state and local governments, and the institutions, organizational forms, and political processes in American state and local government.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Fall Term 2017 Spring Term 2017 Summer Term 2

Units: 3

Advanced Military Leadership Theory [AMLT] is a challenging course that will study, practice, and apply the fundamentals of leadership, values and ethics, personal development, decision-making, influencing and motivating others and team tactics in problem solving and mission accomplishment. Especially military officers enrolled in the LPS program will gain immediate benefit from the leadership self-assessments and new leadership strategies.

Offered in Fall and Summer

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2016 Fall Term 2017 Summer Term 1

Units: 3

This course will be an introductory course for the study og policy anaylsis, i.e. the systematic study of political-issue problems and alternative policy choices. An individula semester-long project will be completed by each student that identifies a policy issue of interest to the student and various alternatives to implement or improve the policy. Students will measure outcomes of their alternative choices and choose a course of action based on anticipated outcomes.

Offered in Fall Only

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2016 Fall Term 2017 Spring Term

Units: 3

PA 332 is a fundamental, comprehensive course designed to provide a view of the major influence human resources management has in a productive public sector organization. Specifically, it examines the challenges of managing complex work systems in the political and institutional environments. Emphasis is given to the challenges facing the public sector in attracting and developing human assets in an environment of conflicting goals, stakeholder obligations and a highly aware electorate. With theoretical concepts established, the focus will shift to practical implementation tools to include recruitment, retention, compensation, and evaluation techniques.

Offered in Spring Only

Units: 3

Historical development, selection, and internal organization of the presidency and congress. Discussion of the relations between the branches and the influence of public opinion, interest groups and parties on the federal government. Analysis of the legislative process.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Fall Term 2017 Spring Term 2017 Summer Term 1

Units: 3

This course provides students with information regarding diversity and leadership in history as well as material and activities that foster an understanding of how diversity and leadership intersect in the public sector and how diversity can improve organizational effectiveness and performance. The concept of cultural competency is defined and evaluated as an important component of effective public sector leadership. Students will learn what it means to be a more culturally competent leader.

GEP: U.S. Diversity

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2016 Fall Term

Units: 3

Criminal justice process and civil justice system in the American judiciary, including court organization and legal professionals such as police, attorneys and judges; formulation and implementation of policies by law enforcement and the courts; impact of political system upon police, attorneys and judges; interaction between public and legal professionals in judicial decision making. Students who have successfully completed PS 306 or PS 311 may not receive credit for PS 305.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2017 Spring Term 2016 Fall Term

Units: 3

Introduction to public policy formulation and analysis, including agenda-setting strategies, problems of legitimation, the appropriations process, implementation, evaluation, resolution, and termination.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

YEAR: Offered Alternate Years

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2016 Fall Term 2017 Summer Term 1 2017 Spring Term

Units: 3

Administration in city, state and national governments: effectiveness and responsiveness, involvement in policy areas, and issues of ethics and responsibilities.

GEP: Social Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Fall Term 2017 Spring Term 2017 Summer Term 2



TUITION LEVEL: Undergraduate

RESIDENT
Cost per Credit Hour: $231.88
Total Estimated Cost for 15 Credits Completed at NC State: $3,478.20

NON-RESIDENT
Cost per Credit Hour: $647.88
Total Estimated Cost for 15 Credits Completed at NC State: $9,718.20

APPROXIMATE COST PER SEMESTER: $2,086.92 based on 9 credit hours

NOTE: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

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Undergraduate Certificate

Spring 2018: January 4, 2018
Summer I 2018: May 15, 2018
Summer II 2018: June 21, 2018

LaShica Waters

LPS PROGRAM ADVISOR

Phone: 919.513.4330

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