Online Graduate Certificate: Positive Organization Development

Would you like to become a more effective champion of positive change within your organization? Through Champlain College’s graduate Certificate in Positive Organization Development, you'll gain a strong foundational knowledge in leading-edge topics, including positive organizational scholarship, positive psychology, inquiry-based leadership and Appreciative Inquiry (AI). The first of its kind, this groundbreaking online graduate certificate program will provide you with strong grounding in the philosophies, theories, applications and practice of Positive Organization Development.

This cutting-edge program focuses on strength-based leadership and Appreciative Inquiry. AI, co-developed by Dr. David Cooperrider, has created a positive revolution in organizational change, and built a framework that organizations across the globe have used to flourish. AI’s strengths-based approach embodies innovation and collaboration and creates a framework for these to arise from within an organization organically. Positive communication among all stakeholders improves creativity, teamwork and commitment.

Champlain College has had the distinct honor of housing the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry (link) within its Robert P. Stiller School of Business, which offers opportunities for ongoing collaborations with our POD Certificate graduates.

Champlain's Positive Organization Development Online Graduate Certificate will teach you to:

  • Apply theories and methodologies of strength-based organization change including Appreciative Inquiry, positive psychology and positive organizational behavior to generate value within organizational systems
  • Create and apply effective questions that facilitate positive change within organizational contexts at the interpersonal, team and system level
  • Design and implement Appreciative Inquiry-based organizational interventions
  • Choose appropriate strength-based assessment tools and apply them to create and sustain positive organizational change