Leadership Certificate

The Leadership Certificate Program (LCP) is a multi-semester, self-customization program for any Illinois student.

This program is designed to provide you with a customized experience for developing leadership competencies from the Illinois Model of Leadership through leadership education and training, co-curricular involvement, self-reflection, and coaching.

See below for details about the requirements to earn a Leadership Certificate, and how to enroll into the program.

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The program culminates with the creation of an ePortfolio that documents your growth as a leader. The LCP is designed for you to be able to complete in three semesters.

Below are the instructions on how to self-enroll into this program.

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To support your leadership development and guide you in your Leadership Certificate journey, you will be... 

  • Assigned to a cohort (which consists of participants new to the program and a peer mentor), and
  • Matched with a Leadership Coach (who are typically University of Illinois faculty, staff member, alumni, local community members, or a personal mentor of your own)

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How do I enroll into the LCP?

In order to enroll in the program, you must do the following:

1) Self-enroll in and complete the Leadership Certificate Program online training on Canvas:


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2) Draft and submit a Personal Development Plan (PDP) to the ILC website by the deadline:

  • Fall semester submission deadline = November 15th
  • Spring semester submission deadline = April 15th

You must complete all six modules of the LCP online training and have your PDP approved in order to be considered an active, enrolled participant in the program.

As you are completing the online training, you can work on the modules at your own paced and can save your work to return later on to finish.

After you have been officially enrolled, you will be assigned to a cohort and matched with a Leadership Coach.



How do I earn the Leadership Certificate?

Certificate pathway graphic

Enroll in and complete all six modules of the Leadership Certificate Program online training

Submit a Personal Development Plan (PDP) any time before the deadline and have it approved by the ILC

Fall 2020 semester submission deadline = November 15th

Spring 2021 semester submission deadline = April 15th

Complete the items listed below to meet the requirements to earn a certificate.

Enroll in and complete one leadership course – LEAD 260 Introduction to Leadership Studies

May count if completed prior to enrolling in program

Participate in two Illinois Leadership Center's i-Programs

May count one if completed prior to enrolling in program                       

Participate in two co-curricular team experiences 

May include research groups, registered student organizations, part-time or full-time work, athletic teams, study abroad, service-learning, etc.                    

Attend 10 hours of trainings and workshops on leadership-related topics

May include organizational trainings, national or regional conferences, leadership retreats, ILC i-Programs or workshops, career development seminars, cultural programming, etc.

Create an ePortfolio and submit all completion requirements by the deadline

Fall semester completion deadline = November 1st

Spring semester completion deadline = April 1st


For more details about these requirements and watch a video overview, please visit our Participant Resources page: http://leadership.illinois.edu/certificate-participants-resources  


At the end of the fall and spring semesters, students who have completed all of the requirements will be invited along with their Leadership Coaches to participate in the Leadership Certificate Completion Ceremony.




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Have questions the website does not answer? Email leadershipcertificate@illinois.edu to set up an appointment to speak with a Leadership Certificate Program specialist!