Jun 14, 2024  
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 
OHIO University Graduate Catalog 2021-22 [Archived Catalog]

Communication and Change Certificate

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Communication and Change Certificate - CTCCTG

Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Delivery Mode: Online

Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Enrollment Eligibility: Non-degree status or current degree-seeking student

Certificate Overview

Most organizations and their members resist change and the disruption it causes in routines that have become comfortable and familiar.  In order to prepare organizations to thrive in the midst of innovation, leaders must take advantage of communication tools designed to effectively introduce and navigate change.  The Communication and Change certificate focuses on communicative strategies to secure employee buy-in, reduce ambiguity associated with change, and develop training plans to ensure that organizational members are prepared to pivot and adapt to disruptions to their routines.  Students will learn how to assist organizations in designing messages that align the current culture with proposed changes, as well as formulating strategic plans that take into account the analysis of various audiences.

The certificate consists of three courses totaling 12 credit hours, and can normally be completed in three semesters or less.

Certificate Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate, students wil be able to:

  • Explain how theories of persuasion and influence can be used to enhance support of change initiatives.
  • Identify individual differences and select strategies to promote buy-in of innovations.
  • Prepare a training plan designed to provide organizational members with information needed to successfully adopt change and understand its rationale.

Opportunities upon Completion

This certificate is targeted to current or aspiring leaders and organizational members who have an interest in understanding and enhancing skills associated with effectively communicating about organizational change or innovations.  In addition to exploring theories and research focusing on innovation and change, students will develop competencies that include: identifying strengths of various communication channels for communicating about change, developing communication and leadership skills for implementing change, understanding influence strategies to secure support and buy-in of change efforts, exploring strategies for soliciting feedback about innovations, and developing effective training seminars to prepare organizations for adapting and integrating change. As a national leader in communication education, the Scripps College of Communication is uniquely positioned to provide formal and informal and practical education and skills for professionals in leadership and communication roles.

Certificate Relationship to Parent Degree Program

The parent program of this graduate certificate is the Master of Arts in Organizational Communication , program code MA5332. Neither enrollment in nor completion of the Organizational Communication degree is required to complete this certificate. However, completing the certificate does fulfill 12 of the required elective hours for the degree. elective hours for the degree. Students admitted to this certificate may also seek admission to the Organizational Communication degree and/or other certificates. Previously submitted application materials will be reused as much as possible, as determined by the Organizational Communication Program Director and the Graduate College. More information on the Organizational Communication degree program.

Complementary certificate:

CTTLCG - Team Leadership and Communication Certificate  

Admission Requirements

No additional requirements beyond Ohio University graduate admission requirements.

International Students

An I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this program.

Completion Requirements

Students must earn a grade of “B-” or higher in a class in order for it to count toward the certificate completion.  A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for all three certificate courses and for all Ohio University graduate courses is required for certificate conferral.

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