Certificate in Engineering Leadership


The CEL Certificate curriculum includes four required graduate courses and one elective graduate course for this post-baccalaureate credential.

This course explores issues in leadership and organizational change. Included are change theories, utilizing resistance to change, contemporary approaches to change, the future workplace, and researching best practices in organizational

This course enables you to learn project management in technology through the application of project approaches in a team-based setting. Through the application of project tools and templates, you learn the project life-cycle approach as demonstrated through actual and simulated project situations. The course presents the terms and approaches used in industry today and allows you to apply these methods through both individual and team-based settings.

This course explores and applies principles of professional technical communication in industrial, technological, and business settings, with emphasis on adapting to organizational audiences, selecting and organizing ideas, managing communication projects, and communicating clearly and effectively.

Present topics of intellectual property (IP) such as copyright, trademark, and trade secrets, topics directed to patents including a thorough introduction to subject matter eligibility, novelty, and non-obviousness as well as topics related to enablement and written description requirements of a patent and how each of these concepts can affect design choices. Learn how to navigate patent databases. Develop patentable Develop a solid understanding of technology commercialization from an IP perspective. Prepare patent applications.
One advisor-approved elective

Possible Elective Courses: To fit your professional goals, you will select an elective (with advisor approval) from a relevant field. The following TCM and OLS courses will be available:

An examination of ethical, legal and policy issues facing business and technology leaders. Topics include ethical decision making, corporate social responsibility, codes of ethics, public policies and government regulations, international business practices, technology innovation, risk management in a global environment, and specific areas of law-employment, health and safety, environmental, contract, warranties and liabilities, intellectual property, technology law, and international laws and regulations.
Note: This course uses the case study method and involves active discussion and debate.

A survey course emphasizing the human resource function (and its development) in the context of the work organization. Human resource development topics include exploration of various training and development techniques, the relation of training to organizational strategies, training needs analysis, evaluation of training, and career development. The strategic approach to human resource management also is covered, including what human resource professionals can and should do to help the organization succeed.

This course examines and critically assesses sustainable practices in businesses, industries, and/or municipalities in Germany or France. Students will spend one week in Marseille, France or Mannheim, Germany visiting, touring, and analyzing businesses, industries or municipalities on their sustainable
practices. In addition, to learning about the organization’s sustainable practices, students will also learn about their specific country’s culture and some language skills.

Review of current managerial education and development theories and practices; discussion of fundamental social, economic, and political changes affecting business and the work of managing; implications of these changes for individual manager development and continued growth.

Development and improvement of interpersonal dynamic skills for effective leadership in organizations. Emphasis on action learning and real-world application of skills.

This course explores issues and practices in technologically-driven organizations pertaining to the roles and functions that coaching and mentoring play in employees development. The focus of the course is on identifying coaching opportunities, enhancing communication skills, developing and implementing coaching and mentoring strategies, and evaluating the outcomes of these strategies.

This course is intended for graduate students who wish to learn the theory and practice of visual technical communication.

Students examine and apply principles of creating a technical or professional publication from start to finish. Students also explore and practice publication quality managment issues such as planning, researching audience and content, designing the publication, drafting, obtaining reviews, conducting usability testing, and negotiationg within organizational cultures.

This course is intended for graduate students who wish to learn the theory and practice of conducting applied research in technical and/or professional communication.

Requirements for Admission

  • An earned bachelor’s degree with a GPA (Grade Point Average) of 3.0/4.0 in engineering, engineering technology, or other relevant field
  • A statement of purpose
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • GRE scores if you did not earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

Tuition for TLC Graduate Programs 2023-2024

  • Indiana residents: $485.50/credit hour          
  • Non-residents: $655.00/credit hour

Additional fees may apply.  For more information about tuition and fees, see Graduate Engineering and Technology (Domestic Students)