Adaptive Leadership Certificate (ALC)



Designed to help you take your next steps as a leader. In as few as nine months. 

This four-course (12-credit) program is designed to be a flexible education pathway for military service-members and civilians in the Pikes Peak region while still being delivered in a convenient online format. 

For service-members, this program complements Professional Military Education (PME) by delving into critical thinking and leader fundamentals. Completing the certificate will provide professional knowledge necessary for advancement and will contribute to greater opportunities for promotion. Additional outcomes include building credits towards a BA degree and employment potential in the civilian sector.

For current UCCS students, this engaging program can be added to your current path of study and can open doors for you in the career field of your choice. 


A new cohort will begin when a cohort of 12 students is met. 
Note: On the application page: Register, then navigate to select - Adaptive Leadership Certificate



Reasons to complete the Certificate

  1. Advance your career and become successful in higher education and the civilian sector – UCCS will prepare you for both.
  2. Take advantage of our Military Credit Transfer policy
  3. Earn your Certificate while on Active Duty – your BA and MA once you separate (Pathway)
  4. Online flexibility with physical campus support and genuine connection to your instructors
  5. Promotion points earned with credential completion (for military members - approximately $5000 per year raise when promoted)
  6. Education and skills that will enhance promote-ability
  7. Learn from experts from all sectors with the very best preparation for eventual separation.

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The UCCS Experience

What you will gain

For all students (including civilians)

  • Learn from experts from all sectors with the very best preparation for leadership positions
  • Face to face, real-time support for enrollment and program completion
  • Development of college-level study skills for success in all college course

Professional outcomes

  • Solve complex challenges and create action plans through exposure to case studies, hands-on learning, and connection to local civilian leaders
  • Build skills for providing performance and developmental feedback to subordinates
  • Transfer credits earned, along with additional credits, towards degree programs at UCCS
  • Demonstrate understanding of group dynamics, stages of group development, roles and responsibilities associated with leading groups/teams
  • Earn promotion points required for advancement in the military
  • Earn skills for immediate employment in social services, management positions, or working in faith based organizations

Program Expectations and Delivery

  • Hybrid delivery, with cohorts meeting at the Fort Carson Education Center, UCCS main campus, UCCS Downtown, and online
  • Four 3-credit hour courses taught in sequence - one course at a time
  • Each course is 8 weeks in duration, with the certificate completed in 9 months

For more information please contact the UCCS Fort Carson Education Office at 719-526-8066 or at or send an email to Dr. Phillip Morris at For location information for the UCCS Fort Carson office, visit

Civilians who are not military affiliated will be able to access Fort Carson for the in-person meetings. 

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Course Number & Title Semester Credits  
LEAD 1200    Foundations of Adaptive Leadership 3  
LEAD 1600    Leading Teams and Organizations 3  
LEAD 1800    Ethical and Multicultural Leadership 3  
COUN 3110   Interpersonal Communication, Interviewing, & Mediation  3