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Why Get Certified in Ethical Leadership?

Research from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s GoodWork Project suggests that over 80% of young professionals will face an ethical dilemma within their first two years in the workforce. Their research also indicates that young professionals often know the right thing to do, but choose to engage in misconduct, because they believe their careers will be negatively impacted if they do not comply with unethical requests from their supervisors.

The Ethical Leadership Certification Program is an online tool that helps students understand that ethical leadership is the most sustainable form of leadership. This program can help college students identify ethical issues, learn how to respond to ethical dilemmas and enhance their ethical decision-making abilities. This program also helps students build their resumes and communicate their values to future employers.

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What Topics Are Covered in this Certification Program?

The certification program has six modules, which cover the following topics: Overview of Ethical Leadership; Ethical Decision Making; Organizational Support of Ethical Leadership; Role of Leadership in Managing and Preventing Conflicts and Ethical Risks; Role of Communication in Ethical Leadership; and Implementing Ethical Leadership.

What Are the Requirements to Complete the Certification?

Each module contains four or five sections, which last approximately 15 minutes each. Students are required to complete all six modules, and pass an exam at the conclusion of each section, by answering at least 80% of the questions correctly.

How Was the Certification Content Developed?

The program’s content was developed by leading ethics professors from across the country, led by Drs. O.C. and Linda Ferrell and an expert advisory panel.

Group Registration:

If you are a professor who would like to submit a group enrollment, complete this form. The cost is $39.99 per student, which can be invoiced to the school or can be paid online by the student. Submitting a group enrollment allows the CPT to send weekly status reports to the professor for all students in the group. If you have any questions, please send an email to or call 615-564-2129.

Individual Registration:

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Funding for the development of the project was provided through the Daniels Fund.