Gettysburg College Leadership Certificate

Launch your leadership journey at Gettysburg.

At the GLC, we believe in your potential to be a better leader. The Leadership Certificate introduces you to the foundational skills necessary to lead ethically and effectively.

The Gettysburg College Leadership Certificate is a one-year program that provides first-year and second-year students the opportunity to tap into their leadership potential. Students explore how their talents, skills, values, and interests inform their leadership journey at Gettysburg and beyond. Participants engage in collaborative learning groups, one-on-one coaching opportunities, and personal reflections.

Why earn a Leadership Certificate?

At Gettysburg College we believe everyone has the potential to lead. The Leadership Certificate will help you transform into a leader of action and integrity—qualities that will position you for success both as a student and throughout your personal and professional life. We challenge you to use the skills acquired in the program for the betterment of yourself - and society as a whole - through finding practical ways to apply them within your daily life.

Leadership Certificate Process Diagram
  • Time Commitment: On average, students spend one hour a week dedicated to their certificate experience.
  • Learning Groups: Participants join a small group of 8-12 peers, led by a trained student Leadership Mentor. These small groups, also referred to as Learning Groups, provide a comfortable and open environment for members to take a deep dive into foundational concepts of leadership as detailed in the diagram above. Participants choose a learning group based on the time and date that best fits their schedule.
  • Reflections: A significant part of the process is personal and group reflection. Students will practice meaningful reflection through thought provoking activities, assessments and conversations.

Why have a leadership coach?

You will have the opportunity to be paired with a current Gettysburg College professor, administrator, staff, or alum who will serve as a committed and trained coach to personally support you through the process. Coaches are a resource to guide your reflection and help find tangible ways to apply what you have learned. Most participants share that their coach relationship was the most impactful part of their certificate experience.

Leadership Certificate Student Testimonials