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Center for Professional Development

About the Center

As the credit arm of the School, the Center for Professional Development (CPD) develops credit bearing courses, as well as certificate programs for specific groups of professionals. Whether learning new skills, improving your position within a company, or hoping to continue to a full degree program, the School of Continuing Education works with you to achieve your personal or professional goals.

Credit Certificates

Center for Professional Development Courses

CPD 408


This course will introduce students to the concepts and complexity of leadership in a globalized society and provide the opportunity to put leadership theory into practice. Emphasis will be on the development of the student as a leader who thinks globally, appreciates cultural diversity, is technologically savvy, knows how to build partnerships and alliances, and has the capacity to share leadership. Students will also evaluate their current mindset and leadership skills and create a professional plan for development as a global leader. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

CPD 414


Design thinking is a human-centered approach to problem solving and innovation. With design thinking one can confidently generate solutions to problems in organizations or to launching a new product or enterprise. It is being used by leaders for developing meaningful and useful responses to contemporary challenges. In this course, an overview of design thinking is provided, along with a model containing key questions and tools to help leaders understand design thinking as a problem solving approach. Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

CPD 416


This course is focused on examining and expanding on the application of leadership principles and decision making. It is designed to have students step out of their comfort zones and look at leadership issues from various sides. The course will provide background and learning on primary leadership concepts with ethics ideals sprinkled within the content. Students will be challenged to find articles and examples for leadership application in multiple business, industry, government, and societal realms, taking on both protagonist and antagonist roles in the examination of the issues. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

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