Management Development Certificate Program

Purpose: To provide professional development to emerging and experienced managers and supervisors at Montana State University.

Workshops will be offered throughout the academic year. In this first developmental year, the sessions will be offered once. In subsequent years, schedules may be adapted to the demand created by MSU employees.

Management Development-I Certificate

To earn a Montana State University certificate in Management Development-I, nine courses plus a required Safety & Risk Management session (total 50 hours of training) are required. Employees will have 36 months to complete the required courses and a certificate in Management Development-I will be issued. Employees may also sign up for individual courses and choose not to work towards a certificate.

Course No. Length Month Title Class Capacity
MD101 24 hours Sept 2014 3-day Facilitative Leadership Training 14
MD201 3.5 hours Dec 17, 2013 MSU Boot Camp: Institutional Leadership 40
MD301 3.5 hours Oct 15, 2013 EEO & Employee Relations 40
MD401 3.5 hours Feb 11, 2014 Coaching for Performance 24
MD501 3.5 hours Jan 21, 2014 Managing Conflict 24
MD601 3.5 hours Nov 19, 2013 Leading Change 40
MD701 3.5 hours Mar 18, 2014 Meyers Briggs Type Inventory 24
MD801 1.5 hours Apr 15, 2014 Motivating and Engaging a Diverse Work Force 40
MD901 1.5 hours Apr 15, 2014 Public Relations & Media 40
SRM0003 2 hours Offered monthly Supervisor Safety Orientation: Required training for supervisors 12
TOTAL 50 hours

The following dates and times have been reserved for the courses listed above:

October 15, 8-11:30 am, SUB 168
November 19, 8-11:30 am, SUB 168
December 17, 8-11:30 am, SUB 168
January 21, 8-11:30 am, SUB 168
February 11, 8-11:30 am, SUB 168
March 18, 8-11:30 am, SUB 168
April 15, 8-11:30 am, SUB 168
May 13, 8-11:30 am, SUB 168

Management Development-I Course Descriptions

Course No. Course Title & Description
MD101 3-day Facilitative Leadership Training

This is a 3-day, 24 hour, leadership training. Participants will learn the seven practices of Facilitative Leadership including: Share an inspiring vision; Focus on results, process and relationship; Seek maximum appropriate involvement; Design pathways to action; Facilitate agreement; Coach for performance; and Celebrate accomplishment. Participants are expected to be present for the complete 3-day workshop.
Maximum enrollment is 14. Application process for selection.*

* This workshop is being piloted in September 2013 and is currently at capacity (14). Stay tuned for future opportunities.

Other intensive leadership/supervisor trainings including FAST (Facilities) may be substituted for MD101.

MD201 MSU Boot Camp: Institutional Leadership
  • Key concepts of administration and leadership
  • MSU History, What are Land Grant Institutions
  • MSU Organizational Chart
  • MSU Strategic Plan
  • Learning (Academic)
  • Discovery (Research)
  • Engagement (Extension, plus)
  • Administration & Finance at MSU
  • MSU Resources available to managers
  • The MSU "alphabet"
MD301 EEO & Employee Relations
  • EEO information: Title IX, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, Reporting requirements
  • Public Information and Employees: What is public and what is confidential, FERPA, HIPAA, includes a brief employment law overview
  • Labor and Employee Relations: Union contracts, Bargaining, and Status of non-union employees
MD401 Coaching for Performance
  • Basic coaching skills for performance, leading by example
  • Setting goals and expectations
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Effective evaluation processes
  • Encouraging employee development
  • Corrective Action: progressive discipline in Montana, terminating an employee, wrongful discharge, grievances
MD501 Managing Conflict
  • Sources of conflict
  • Conflict styles
  • Difficult conversations
  • Dealing with difficult people
  • Conflict scenarios
MD601 Leading Change
  • Stages of change
  • What a leader can do to assist people moving through stages of change
  • Leading change – the seven levers
  • Conditions for successful change
  • Communication during change
MD701 MBTI: Meyers Briggs Type Inventory Training
  • Gain self-insight and improve interactions in the workplace among teams
  • Understand differences, improve communications and manage employees with varying styles
  • Develop a deeper understanding of self and behaviors and appreciate others by making constructive use of differences
  • Learn to approach problems in different ways which can be healthy and productive for the individual, the employee team, and for the University
MD801 Motivating and engaging a diverse work force
  • Building a positive work culture/respectful workplace
  • Dimensions of diversity in the workplace: awareness and understanding
  • Developing teams
MD901 Public Relations & Media
  • Working with the media
  • MSU Communications policies and managers
SRM0003 Supervisor Safety Orientation: Required training for supervisors

This course targets what supervisors must know regarding safety hazards, assessments, and safety requirements on MSU Campuses per SRM/MSU/State/Federal policies and regulations.

  • Know where to locate applicable policies and procedures
  • Know what requirements exist for supervisors in relation to training and safety duties
  • Know which trainings are required of your employees
  • Know how to report and investigate an accident
  • Know your emergency action plan and how to communicate this to your employees
  • Assess hazards in your area and identify appropriate PPE for your employees to use to be safe
  • Know how to create a chemical inventory and submit it appropriately
  • Dispose of various waste types appropriately
  • Understand the basics of Workers' Compensation and related programs

Enrollment Eligibility: Currently employed as supervisor for one or more MSU employees or serving as manager of a MSU program or unit.