Is the Information Session mandatory?

No, but we strongly encourage all interested students to attend an information session either in person or online.


Who can enroll in the Leadership Certificate Program?

Undergraduate, graduate and professional students currently registered at Illinois are eligible to enroll in the program.


What is the recommended timeline to complete the Leadership Certificate Program?

We recommend three semesters to experience the full benefit of the program. We do not permit participants to complete within the same semester as they enroll.


Does the Leadership Certificate appear on my academic transcript?

No, but it can be included on your resume or CV.


How do I enroll in the program?

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

  1. Complete the Personal/Self module of the Illinois Leadership Inventory (ILI)
  2. Register for and attend a Design Workshop – bring your ILI results!
  3. Draft and submit your Personal Development Plan to the ILC website by the deadline


When can I enroll in the program?

You may enroll in the program during the fall and spring semester. The deadline to enroll is by Reading Day of the same semester you attend a Design Your Jounery Workshop.


When do I get matched with a Leadership Coach?

Participants who submit their Personal Development Plan (PDP) by the deadline will be matched with a Leadership Coach at the beginning of the following semester.


Do I get to choose my Leadership Coach?

If you someone you know has agreed to serve as your Leadership Coach, we will ask you to share their full name and email address so we can match you with them. If you do not already have someone in mind for your coach, you will be assigned one of our available volunteer coaches.


How often should I meet with my Leadership Coach?

You are expected to meet regularly with your Leadership Coach and you will work together to determine what schedule works best for you both. At minimum, you are expected to meet with your coach at least once per month when class is in session and to maintain contact during the summer sessions if possible.


Are the Cohort Program activities and meetings mandatory?

You must attend at least two Cohort meetings and the individual check-in meeting in order to continue with the program.


Can the same experience be used for more than one program requirement?

No, it is not permitted to satisfy multiple requirements by using the same experience. For example, attending the Intersect program cannot count toward both the i-Program and Leadership Trainings/Workshops requirement. You can only count that experience once.


Can I count experiences I had prior to enrolling in the program toward the program requirements?

You may count one i-Program toward the program requirements. You may also count AGED/LEAD 260 if you previously completed it. Every other required experience must take place while enrolled in the program. 


What if I am unable to take LEAD 260?

We will ask you to complete a waiver in order to substitute the required course for another course that connects to at least one of your chosen leadership competencies. The waiver can be found hereand must be submitted to leadershipcertificate@illinois.edu for final approval.


When is the ePortfolio submission deadline? 

The fall deadline is November 1 and the spring deadline is April 1.


What do I need to do to prepare for writing my cumulative reflection?

As you self-report your experiences on the Certificate Dashboard, there is space for you to write brief notes about which competencies you engaged with and what you took away from the experience.