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Leadership Certificate

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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:

Leadership at HoneyRock

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:

CE 131 | Wheaton Passage at HoneyRock campus | 2
OR CE 226 | Christian Spiritual Practices at Wheaton campus | 4

Wheaton Campus Courses:

CE 222 | Transformational Education | 4
CE 223 | Human Development and Ministry | 4
CE 339 | Compassion and Crisis Ministry | 4

HoneyRock Campus Courses:

CE 241 | Leadership Development | 4
CE 353 | Leadership and Human Systems | 2
CE 474 | Integrative 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 | CE 251 Summer Leadership School at HoneyRock
  2. Leadership Role at Wheaton
  3. Field of Study Internship | 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.

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