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Leadership Certificate

As an Applied Health Science major, I learn how to care for the physical body. My Leadership Certificate coursework on campus and at HoneyRock teaches me how to care for the soul.  Applying the study of both disciplines to three diverse internships has empowered me to be a more effective leader.

Cassidy Griffith '19
Applied Health Science
Carrollton, GA

Leadership at HoneyRock

The Leadership Certificate of Wheaton College is a experiential program that integrates academic study with practical, on-the-ground leadership opportunities.

Leadership Certificate at Wheaton College

Through academic study, leadership experience, and Christian service, students learn about both the art and science of leadership. As a interdisciplinary program, the Leadership Certificate brings faculty from a wide variety of fields to teach students from all majors.

Why Study Leadership Alongside Your Major?

  • Integrate best practices of leadership directly into your field of study - understand what it takes to lead in your field
  • Dedicate time to studying the science and practicing the art of effective leadership
  • Learn how to lead by leading - get out of the classroom and into authentic positions of influence

Scholarship Opportunity

Students are encouraged to apply for partial and full HoneyRock scholarships, valued up to $5,000, to cover HoneyRock-based courses. 

Academic Study and Internship Experience

This certificate blends academic study of theories, models, and case studies alongside practical internship experiences where students can apply their learning immediately. We divide the certificate into the following parts:


To learn more about the Leadership Certificate, email Donna Marroquin, stop by the HoneyRock Office (Schell Hall 102) or call 630.752.5124

The certificate involves 26-28 credit hours, 10 of which are taken at HoneyRock, the Outdoor Center for Leadership Development of Wheaton College during one summer and one week during Christmas break. 

Choose Between:

CFM 131 | Wheaton Passage at HoneyRock campus | 2
OR CFM 224 | Christian Spiritual Practices at Wheaton campus | 2

Wheaton Campus Courses:

CFM 222 | Teaching for Transformation | 4
CFM 223 | Human Development and Ministry | 4
CFM 339 | Compassion & Crisis Ministry | 4

HoneyRock Campus Courses:

CFM 241 | Leadership Development | 4
CFM 353 | Leadership and Human Systems | 2
CFM 474 | Integrative Leadership Seminar | 2

With this certificate, you learn how to lead by leading. Three distinct internships provide a breadth of leadership experience that not only allows you to explore your vocational calling, but also apply classroom learning to authentic situations.

  1. Summer Leadership School at HoneyRock | CFM 251 Summer Leadership School at HoneyRock
  2. Leadership Role at Wheaton
  3. Field of Study Internship | CFM 496 Internship

Students are mentored through these roles to provide timely encouragement, feedback, and perspective.

To complete the certificate, you will integrate your major, the leadership courses, and your three leadership experiences in a final capstone project during your junior or senior year. This project will showcase your own unique leadership perspective and provide and opportunity to apply what you've learned to a specific post-college application.



Pursuing this Leadership Certificate has had an indescribable effect on my life. It has allowed me to engage in a discipline that is perhaps the must studied and least understood. My time in this program gave me space to consider my own self-leadership and faith and how that influx of these practices can lead to real change in my life, the life of others, and the life of organizations. — Tucker Wood 2021

The Leadership Certificate prepares, equips, and challenges Wheaton Students to become better leaders in whatever field of study they wish to pursue. The curriculum is engaging, discussions are meaningful and practical, and the professors are world-class and have experience that speak into the lessons that are taught and learned about leadership. The Leadership Certificate has been one of the most practical and influential parts of my time at Wheaton, and I have used the lessons that I learned through the program every day. — Emily Norbeck 2021