Specialized Professional Program in Supervision and Leadership

Specialized Professional Program in Supervision and Leadership

Classroom Program


3 months


6.5 Units

UCR Extension

In the fast-paced and multifaceted world of business, leaders are increasingly being tasked to take on diverse and demanding roles to respond to issues in the workplace as they arise. Benefit from an insider's perspective and acquire key communication strategies and conflict management techniques to run an efficient organization and team. Whether you're just getting started or looking to enhance your existing leadership role, this program will help you maximize and improve your overall performance.

Designed For

This program is designed for individuals who are seeking a new supervisory position, as well as those who already hold a leadership role and want to strengthen their skills or knowledge.

What You'll Learn

  • Essential tools to be an effective supervisor, including how to evaluate others, providing constructive feedback, and providing clear objectives.
  • Core managerial skills and strategies for managing change.
  • Communication techniques for delivering information successfully.
  • Methods to achieve key organizational results through coaching and mentoring.
  • Principles and dynamics for high performance work teams, including how to positively manage workplace differences.

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Positions are available in a variety of industries all over the world, and can be found in firms, corporations, government, or nonprofit organizations. They might include:

  • Supervisor
  • Manager
  • Coordinator

Program Overview


6.5 Units

“The exceptional instructors provided a professional insight, and contributed tremendously to the elevation of all the participants and their leadership qualities. My analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills became more effective, and my approach to managing change and conflict in the workplace has been redefined.”

Tosin Adenmosun

Inclusion Specialized Program Administrator
Los Angeles, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • None

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Understanding Your Role as Supervisor

MGT X465.1

1 units

Examines the role of the supervisor in the workplace, including managing and influencing others, focusing on strengths to improve performance, building effective relationships with those you supervise, and identifying ways to improve performance by managing others more effectively.

Discussions include:

  • evaluating others
  • constructive feedback
  • communicating directions
  • providing clear objectives for others to follow
  • identifying your roles and responsibilities as a supervisor

Time is spent examining how to develop the core skills necessary to get the right results through others.

Managing High Performance Teams

MGT X465.2

1 units

Focuses on the manager and the skills needed to be successful at developing people, and creating effective high performance teams to meet organizational goals and objectives. Discussions include:

  • advanced communications skills
  • delegating to meet goals
  • setting and managing performance expectations
  • time management
  • coaching to improve performance
  • motivation and communication
  • rewarding performance

Special attention will be paid to establishing effective work teams, with a focus on the roles of team members.

Communicating Effectively

MGT X469.02

1 units

Explores the techniques supervisors can use to translate technical skills and on-the-job expertise to others. Topics include:

  • Communication strategies for delivering technical information
  • How to ask the right questions to ensure that everyone received the right message.
  • How to provide positive expectations about job performance
  • Giving clear directions that others can follow
  • Effective meeting management
  • Presentation skills
  • Learning how to deliver bad news in a constructive manner
  • Developing process models to ensure communication flows back to you as a supervisor in a way that improves organizational performance.

Motivating, Managing, and Developing Others

MGT X465.4

1 units

A thorough introduction to the various methodologies, techniques, and strategies available to business leaders, managers and entrepreneur's seeking to improve their staff's capabilities, engagement, innovation and flexibility. You will also examine the attitudes and attributes successful coaches and mentors use to empower others. Discussions include: 

  • emotional intelligence
  • how to motivate employees
  • alternate work options
  • the appropriate application of different management styles
  • not ignoring difficult employees
  • leading and coaching within an organization
  • identifying how to get the most out of people
  • your role as a leader, counselor, listener, facilitator, and director

You will learn the skills needed for designing and developing action plans for staff development and training.

Quarter 2

Project and Process Management

MGT X465.3

1 units

Examines how to map out and set-up basic project and process management strategies to improve productivity and outcomes. You will cover:

  • project management tools
  • cost/benefit analysis
  • identifying project goals and objectives
  • creating the project team
  • scheduling a project
  • developing key performance standard
  • managing the team's progress
  • measuring outcomes and results

You will also discuss moving onto the next project, and the supervisor's role throughout the process.

Managing Through Workplace Inclusion

MGT X465.5

1 units

Examines the strategies and techniques supervisors can utilize to ensure that organizational values, goals, and objectives are met--even in the presence of organizational discord or management conflict. You will explore the role of diversity in the workplace and how to create an environment in which men and women of different cultural, ethnic, religious, socioeconomic backgrounds and disabilities can work together agreeably.  You will also discuss: 

  • work-related scenarios that often result in conflict
  • identifying, understanding, and managing differences between self and others
  • developing and maintaining effective working relationships
  • accepting and providing feedback
  • problem solving techniques
  • mediating and when to elicit help
  • creating an environment of inclusion
  • 360° accountability
  • supporting diversity and inclusion
  • eliminating disparity gaps
  • meeting organizational goals

Moving Through Change: What's In It For Me?

MGT X469.04

0.5 units

Discussion of the strategies and techniques to be a successful mentor and coach to lead others through change management. Topics include developing a personal action plan for change management, influencing the change process, seeing the end result, pushing past resistance, identifying key stakeholders in the change process, getting buy-in from those you supervise, implementation process in change management and using change for reorganization and continuous process improvement.

“Like many managers, I fell into management by accident. Fortunately, today's managers and managers-to-be have access to training programs like the ones at UCR Extension Professional Studies to help them transition from employees to leaders.”

Luis Guzman

Lucaberi Consulting LLC
Riverside, CA

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