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Leadership Development Studies

2021 Certification Seminars

Are you interested in offering PTK’s Leadership Development Studies curriculum as a credit course, a non-credit course, for orientations and First Year Experience programs, or in community and continuing education workshops or seminars?

Certification is a pre-requisite for anyone who desires to facilitate leadership development using the Phi Theta Kappa curriculum. Candidates for instructor certification include student affairs professionals, honors program directors and faculty, college faculty from all disciplines, Phi Theta Kappa advisors, college administrators, and leadership professionals.

Please Note: Members and new alumni (5 or fewer years) are not eligible to participate in the LDS certification session.

We’re excited to announce the 2021 Leadership Development Studies Certification Sessions. We will hold one in-person certification session in Seattle and three virtual certification sessions via Zoom. The sessions will be a full 3-days. The cost for the Seattle session is $1,850 per person, and the cost for the virtual sessions is $500 per person.

Session Dates:

• July 7-9 | Virtual | $500 | registration deadline is June 23

• July 15-18 | Seattle, WA | $1,850 | registration deadline is June 23

August 5-7 | Virtual | $500 | registration deadline extended to July 28

• August 9-11 | Virtual | $500 | registration deadline extended to July 30

Registration fees are non-refundable.
Space is limited and not reserved until payment is received.


Q. How many participants will be taking the course?
A. The courses are limited to 25 participants to ensure good pedagogy as we learn together.

Q. Who will teach the course?
A. The course is taught by Susan Edwards, Phi Theta Kappa’s Associate Vice President for Honors Programs and Undergraduate Research. In addition to creating the 6th edition of Leadership Development Studies, she was certified in 1995 and has certified participants to teach leadership development for the past seven years.

Q. How much does the course cost?
A. The cost for the virtual certification session is $500 per person for the course, which includes all sessions, full certification to teach the course, and access to all instructor resources when you do teach the course.

Q. Am I required to attend all sessions?
A. Yes. These sessions are interactive and require full participation. Attendees need to be present at all sessions to ensure certification to teach the course.

Q. How will course participants interact with the instructor and other course participants?
A. The virtual course sessions will take place via Zoom, with the full capability to utilize the breakout rooms feature. Each participant will work with a team to present a “Teach Back” during the course. The course instructor will send the Zoom links 24 hours before the start of the first session.

Q. Is any work required before the first session?
A. Yes. The course instructor will send assigned readings and videos to all participants once registration closes. To fully engage the program, participants should read the materials and watch assigned videos before the course’s first session.

Q. What should I do if I have more questions?
A. Contact us! We’ll be happy to help.