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WOU Leadership Certificate Program

Welcome! Thanks for your interest in the Western Oregon University Leadership Certificate Program! This is a brand new program that incorporates existing leadership experiences on campus, combines them with learning outcomes and core competencies and creates an experience tailored to each student's individual leadership future!

Here is the complete guide to the Leadership Certificate program. You can download the PDF by clicking HERE.


In order to be eligible to participate in the Leadership Certificate program, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.5 GPA and in good academic and judicial standing
  • Full-time student at Western Oregon University with less than 135 credits
  • Completed application (Click HERE for application) (PDF)
  • Current resume
  • Willingness to grow, challenge yourself and complete all aspects of the Leadership Certificate program.

Application materials are accepted on an ongoing basis to the Werner University Center Information Desk. Once received and approved, applicants will be notified of current status.

Leadership Certificate Process

Students accepted into the Leadership Certificate program will be required to complete a number of "points" in different core competencies. These compentencies assure a well-rounded leadership experience that allows students to grow in a variety of applicable areas.

Each student will have a specific and unique leadership plan developed one-on-one with your Program Director. This will take into consideration a student's background, interests, areas of growth, majors and more.

The six core competencies are:

  1. Communication
  2. Interpersonal Competence
  3. Humanitarianism
  4. Professional Development
  5. Service Competence
  6. Knowledge Acquisition and Skill Application

The numbers listed are the minimum number of points that must be attained in order to fulfill the requirements of that competency.

In addition to completing these mandatory "points" in the learning outcomes, a student must complete the following:

  • Attend at least one leadership workshop or conference. Focus on Leadership offered on the WOU campus counts towards this requirement.
  • Attend at least one Ethics of Leadership seminar presented during the academic year.
  • Complete the capstone experience - compilation and portfolio of leadership efforts and presentation to your Program Director. Click HERE for guidelines for the Capstone Experience.

Certificate Completion & Rewards

Students completing the WOU Leadership Certificate Program will receive a university-recognized certificate, recognition at WOU's annual Leadership Recognition Night program, and receive recognition at WOU's Commencement program upon graduation.

Because this is the first year of the program, students will be eligible to have prior leadership experiences at WOU be considered for inclusion in the WOU Leadership Certificate program. Talk with your program director for more details.

Leadership Certificate Materials & More Information

Below are downloads and additional information about the Leadership Certificate Program. For more information, contact the Student Leadership & Activities Office at (503) 838-8261.


Student Leadership and Activities 503-838-8261 | or e-mail: wucofc@wou.edu

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