Social Transformation and Leadership

Program Overview

Seattle University’s College of Education offers a series of practiced-based educational experiential courses that equip professionals to lead with skill, demonstrate integrity, embrace diversity and advance social justice. Course participants will learn to lead and manage social sector organizations toward sustainable growth in a socially just manner. They will master a basic competency skill level in a wide range of functional areas common to business but adapted and applied to educational and social sector organizations.

This program is for the leaders in small to medium-sized social impact organizations looking who are intent on mastering the foundations of social transformation and leadership.  No previous experience or coursework is required to take these courses.  Individuals who are mid-to-executive leaders in K-12 administration, private business, health care, nonprofit, or social enterprise organizations as well as aspiring social entrepreneurs transitioning into social sector leadership are encouraged to participate.

  • Individuals whose success and impact depends on effective interactions with others in their organizations
  • Professionals who are motivated to sincerely assess and work to improve their personal leadership skills to become more effective leaders

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Program Features 

These courses are held online and asynchronously which means participants can complete their course work when it is convenient for them.  Participants will have a variety of activities each week and will be engaged with their fellow participants and instructor during the 8 weeks of the course.  All coursework will need to be completed by the course end date. There is a combination of individual and group assignments, that vary from week to week in an interactive format.

Faculty Members are

  • accessible
  • leaders in the field and nationally recognized for their research
  • committed to excellence

 Credits and Cost 

  • As a graduate level course, credit earned may apply or transfer to university graduate level programs. 
  • Each 3 credit course is $975 with $90 Technology fee each quarter 


Winter Quarter 2019

  • Empowering Leaders for Social Justice (3 credits): Empowering Leaders for Social Justice equips leaders to deepen multicultural perspectives of self and others, consider actions for inclusion and equity, and advance social betterment. Orients leaders to theoretical, personal, social, and professional components of social justice through exploration of literature, investigation of social justice issues, and development of a personal philosophical statement relevant to leadership for social justice. This course is designed to examine the complex intersections of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion and ability, and how they shape the leadership experiences of diverse groups of people. We will explore each of these concepts as social phenomenon: as socially constructed systems of meaning and corresponding social structures.
  • Organizational Leadership in the Social Sector (3 credits): Students will be introduced to: (a) major theories that help explain organizational theories, behaviors and leadership practices; and (b) organization development, a process for enhancing organizational and personal effectiveness through the use of value-based intervention practices that stem from the social and behavioral sciences. This course focuses on leadership for organization development and change; emphasizing responsiveness to varying needs of diverse communities and organizations and the creation of unique solutions to problems.


Spring Quarter 2019

  • Foundations of Catholic School Leadership (3 credits): This course is an introduction to the history and culture of Catholic Education, especially In the United States. Beginning with a survey of the basic tenets of the Catholic theological tradition, the course investigates models of leadership within a Catholic School context and introduces students to organizational theory to allow them to maximize their influence and impact as leaders in Catholic Schools
  • Planning for Social Transformation (3 credits): This course gives organizational leaders the tools and process to create powerful plans that transform organizations and achieve high impact. Participants will learn how to 1) bring their staff and stakeholders together around ambitious, exciting goals; 2) engage the community partners and funders essential for success; 3) define the financial and organizational resources necessary for success.

Summer Quarter 2019 

Social Transformation Leadership and Capacity Building (3 credits): This course will foster both your skills in diagnosing problems with organizational dynamics and your ability to develop and use power to get things done. Key topics of exploration include developing the personal qualities that create power; creating and managing resources, attracting allies, supporters and collaborators, and empowering change.

Measuring Social Impact and Program Evaluation (3 credits): Community stakeholders are increasing demanding that organizations seeking social change can demonstrate "outcomes, not outputs." This course is designed for social sector leaders who seek the most accurate, effective ways to measure their progress internally and communicate their results. The course will examine how to set measurable goals, different types of metrics, and how to use these measurement and reporting systems to drive organizational improvement and growth. It also covers the methods and applications of impact evaluations, which is the science of measuring the causal impact of a strategy, program or policy.  As students complete the course assignments, they will create an evaluation plan for your own project.

Purpose and Future Opportunities

Course credits may be applied to future graduate level course work  in educational leadership at an accredited college or university. 

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