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Leadership Development - Associate Degree

The Leadership Development Program will equip graduates with the tools and expertise necessary to effectively manage a diverse workforce, adapt to change, foster innovation, and display a wide range of leadership skills. Our program offers a comprehensive curriculum that focuses on critical thinking, communication, team building, and more. You will learn from experienced professionals who are passionate about helping you achieve your full potential as a leader. Plus, our flexible scheduling options make it easy for working professionals to balance their studies with their existing commitments. With a degree in Leadership Development, you will be prepared to take on supervision or leadership roles in any organization by having the skills and confidence to inspire your team, navigate challenging situations, and drive success at every level.

Program Code: 101961
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Area of Study: Business

Program Costs & Financial Aid

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This program is fully eligible for financial aid.

Estimates based on in-state residency. Learn more about tuition and fees.

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All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:

Supervision, 611965

Ethical Leadership, 901962

Quality Improvement and Innovation, 901968

Health Care Leadership, 901967

Health Care Leadership Advanced, 9019610

All credits from the following technical diploma apply towards this associate degree:

311962, Project Management


  • Day
  • Evening
  • Full-time
  • Online
  • Part-time

How do I get started in this program?

Requirements for Program Entry

  • Apply at
  • Submit high school, GED, or HSED transcripts and college transcripts (if applicable) to
  • Tip! Our admission advisors will assist you through every step. Have questions? Connect with NWTC Admissions at or 920-498-5444.

What are my courses?


Students following the study plan below will complete the Leadership Development associate degree in the number of semesters shown. For alternate study plans, refer to the information in the Related Links area at the right of this page.

Total Credits 62
  • Curriculum Note: The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

  • Utilize quality strategies and tactics.
  • Apply effective leadership skills.
  • Apply Human Resource policies and procedures.
  • Perform supervisory management functions to achieve organizational objectives.

What careers are in my future?


Graduate Employment

with 73% in field


Median Starting Salary

Source: NWTC Graduate Outcome Survey

Employment Potential

This program is designed to attract persons who are already engaged in, or are preparing for, leadership roles in an organization. A student who is already in a leadership or other management level position will be able to expand his/her level of effective leadership skills.

  • A student not currently in a first level management role will develop leadership skills and increase the chance of promotion.
  • Traditionally, a supervisor plans, organizes, directs, and coordinates activities of non-management employees in various occupational settings; trains and evaluates employees under her or his authority; implements policy decisions and work systems established by upper management; and facilitates communication and work flow.
  • In addition to traditional supervisory skills and practices, today’s leaders must understand system(s), variation, and continuous improvement processes; be facilitators rather than bosses; effectively manage work place diversity; help organizations adapt to change and encourage innovation; display leadership skills; use critical thinking skills; and use communication skills appropriate to a team environment.

What's next after graduation?

Start here. Finish at a four-year.

NWTC transfer programs are offered through collaborative agreements with our four-year college and university partners. See where your associate degree credits will transfer.

What else do I need to know about the program?


  • The 12 technical studies courses, beginning with course number 10-196-1XX, are delivered in a variety of formats.
  • Various Leadership Development Certificates are available. Refer to the program website for information.
  • Program Website:


Programs in the College of Business at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs. ACBSP's accreditation process follows the Baldrige model. The accreditation focuses on recognizing teaching excellence, determining student learning outcomes, and a continuous improvement model. ACBSP’s student-centered teaching and learning approach, which is measured and analyzed for quality, ensures that students gain the right skills from their educational investment. Institutions with programs accredited by ACBSP are committed to continuous improvement that ensures their business program will give students the skills employers want.

ACBSP - World Headquarters

11520 West 119th Street

Overland Park, KS 66213

Phone: (913) 339-9356

Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses.

Learn more about upcoming study abroad opportunities.

Schedule Options

In addition to the standard program curriculum, fast-track and part-time options are also available. Contact an advisor for more details.


Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.