Leader & Leadership Development Certificate

Leader & Leadership Development

Undergraduate Certificate

Program Delivery


Total Credits

15 Credits

About the Program

The Leader and Leadership Development Program is an executive education program to support USAFA's AMTs as they prepare to educate, train, and inspire USAFA Cadets, as well as to prepare the AMTs to excel as NCOs and Senior Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCO) at the tactical, operational, and strategic levels of the Air Force. The certificate is offered to selected Academy Military Training (AMT) Non-Commissioned Officers (NCO) at USAFA.

This unique program was identified through the existing partnership with USAFA to expand the training to non-commissioned officers. The certification links to the DCHS mission of service in this specialized educational area with USAFA, as evidenced by the long-standing relationship created by the Air Force Officer Commanding Program.

Focus of Study

This 15-credit intensive certificate program facilitates leader development skills, core leadership theory, and critical thinking, enhances interpersonal effectiveness, broadens perspectives on coaching and mentoring, develops influencing skills, and improves the student's ability to lead change and development among cadets. The certificate also helps AMTs better understand the student development, social-emotional, wellness, and resiliency needs of college-age students.

The role of the AMT requires NCOs to be competent in mentoring, capable of leading, developing, and supporting cadets through all aspects of cadet and military life, able to enforce standards, demonstrate nearly impeccable role modeling, competent in supporting the squadron's leadership team, and skilled in developmental counseling with cadets, individually and as a group. Students are tapped by the United States Air Force for admission to this highly selective program.

Once enrolled, this intensive program features training with faculty from both the Department of Counseling and Human Services (UCCS), the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership (USAFA), and distinguished representatives from the Center for Character and Leadership Development (CCLD).

Program Requirements

Please contact the Academy Military Training (AMT) Coordinator within the Department of Counseling & Human Services for any questions about the Academy Military Training (AMT) Academy Leader Development Program (ALDP).

Program Coursework

For details on program coursework, please visit the Academic Catalog.

AMTC 3210 Characteristics of the Effective Leader
AMTC 3020 Lab in Developmental Counseling
AMTC 3280 Teams & Organizational Leadership
AMTC 3600 Leading Diversity
AMTC 4750 Mental Health Triage & First Aid

Admissions Details

To learn more about the general UCCS application process, please visit the UCCS Admissions page.

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