Management and Leadership Specialist (MAL1)  Technical Certificate of Credit

Campus Locations: Vidalia, Swainsboro

The Management/Leadership Specialist Certificate prepares individuals to become supervisors and leaders in business, commercial, or manufacturing facilities. Learning opportunities will introduce, develop, and reinforce students' knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement in management. Graduates will receive a Management/Leadership Specialist Technical Certificate of Credit.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook of the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for Management/Leadership Specialist will grow as fast as the average. Keen competition is expected for jobs as the number of applicants greatly exceeds the number of job openings. College graduates and those who have earned certification should have the best job opportunities. Competition for these positions can be very competitive and management education can provide a competitive edge. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects employment to grow as fast as the average, applicants with management experience along with a college degree in industrial engineering, management, or a related field, will enjoy the best job prospects. Management courses are offered in high schools across the country usually through the Business Education department. Students interested in continuing their education and advance their careers may continue their education at the technical college level in the Business Management program. Students may pursue an associate degree or diploma in Business Management. Opportunities for continual educational growth may be pursued at the university level. Collegiate programs in the School of Business with a major in Management are available to those students wishing to obtain a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in their chosen field or industry.

Management/Leadership Specialists perform the managerial function for the organization. Supervisors are the first line of management between hourly employees and management. Leaders in this field require good interpersonal skills. They must have clear and persuasive communication skills, analytical minds, and the skill to evaluate complex relationships among numerous factors. Dealing with people is an important part of the job. Minimum Wage: $13.50 per hour / Maximum Wage: $22.00 per hour annual salary rates for manager workers vary according to occupation, level of experience, training, location, and firm size. Salaries for marketing and sales managers top the list, with computer information systems supervisors ranking high also.

The standard curriculum for the Management/Leadership Specialist Certificate program is designed for the semester system. Students may enter the program any semester. The Management/Leadership Specialist certificate takes approximately three (3) semesters to complete and is online. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 18 hours.


  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Program Costs

Costs are estimates and are subject to change.

  • Tuition/Fees: $2,186
  • Books/Supplies: $500
Curriculum Outline (18 hours)
Occupational Courses (18 hours) 18
MGMT 1100

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Develops skills and behaviors necessary for successful supervision of people and job responsibilities. Emphasis will be placed on real life concepts, personal skill development, applied knowledge and managing human resources. Course content is intended to help managers and supervisors deal with a dramatically changing workplace being affected by technology changes, a more competitive and global marketplace, corporate restructuring and the changing nature of work and the workforce. Topics include: Understanding the manager's job and work environment, building an effective organizational culture, leading, directing, and the application of authority, planning, decision-making, and problem-solving, human resource management, administrative management, organizing, and controlling.

MGMT 1115

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) This course familiarizes the student with the principles and techniques of sound leadership practices. Topics include: characteristics of effective leadership styles, history of leadership, leadership models, the relationship of power and leadership, team leadership, the role of leadership in affecting change.

MGMT 2125

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Develops an understanding of how fostering employer/employee relationships in the work setting improves work performance. Develops legal counseling and disciplinary techniques to use in various workplace situations. Topics include: the definitions of coaching, counseling, and discipline; importance of the coaching relationship; implementation of an effective counseling strategy; techniques of effective discipline; and performance evaluation techniques.

MGMT 2130

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Addresses the challenges of improving the performance and career potential of employees, while benefiting the student in their own preparation for success in the workplace. The focus is on both training and career and personal development. Shows the student how to recognize when training and development is needed and how to plan, design and deliver and effective program of training for employees. Opportunities are provided for the student to develop their own career plans, assess their work-related skills, and practice a variety of skills desired by employers. Topics include: developing a philosophy of training; having systems approach to training and development; the context of training; conducting a needs analysis; critical success factors for employees; learning principles; designing and implementing training plans; conducting and evaluating training; human resource development and careers; personal career development planning; and applications in interpersonal relationships and communication.

MGMT 1110

(Prerequisite: Provisional admission) Develops a working knowledge of the laws of employment necessary for managers. Topics include: Employment Law, the Courts, Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Discrimination Law, Selecting Applicants Under the Law, OSHA and Safety, Affirmative Action, AT-Will Doctrine, Right to Privacy, Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Worker's Compensation, Unemployment Compensation, and National Labor Relations Act.

Choose One (3 hours) 3
COMP 1000

This course introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include introductions to computer and digital terminology and usage, operating systems, Internet and digital communication, word processing applications, spreadsheet applications, database applications, and presentation applications.

GUI 003Guided Elective (3 hours) 3
Approved Electives: BUSN 1240, BUSN 1330, BUSN 1400, BUSN 1410, MGMT 2205, COMP 1000, MGMT 2140, MGMT 1135, or ACCT 1100, MGMT 2410, MGMT 2150

Business Management Instructor
Vidalia Campus - Gillis Building, Office 807

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