A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.
Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.
When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.
What is the refund policy?
Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Can I take the course for free?
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in 8 months.
How often is each course in the Specialization offered?
Each course in the Specialization is offered On Demand.
What background knowledge is necessary?
Some experience in leadership or management is preferable but not required.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
You must begin by taking Inspiring Leadership Through Emotional Intelligence. The next three courses can be taken in any order.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
You will be able to experiment with new styles and approaches to leading others, as well as developing leadership capability in yourself and others.
What are the major assignments in these courses?
Each of the courses in this Specialization rely heavily on exercises and reflective activities. Although there are readings and Forums in which to participate, the personal learning and action learning assignments in each course is where the learning comes alive and useful.
What is the coolest thing about these courses?
In these courses, you will delve into the mysteries of the human experience of leadership. You will learn how to overcome the ravages of chronic stress to become more open to learning and change, and to renew your body and mind (not to mention your heart and spirit). You will learn the theory, research from management, psychology, education and medicine that facilitate sustained, desired change. You will learn about positive approaches to leadership and the power of asking questions. You will learn to become a more inclusive and self-confident leader in the workplace. In these courses, you will learn how to help each other. You will learn how to effectively coach others toward sustained, desired change, learning or increased motivation in life and work.
* Will I be able to apply the learning?
Yes, many modules in the courses include reflective exercises and action learning assignments to help you understand and experiment with the ideas at work and at home in your life. You will learn techniques for renewal, inspiring hope and vision, engaging mindfulness, spreading compassion and being playful – building your emotional intelligence and improving your relationships! You will learn techniques for motivating, inspiring, and coaching others, and improving your relationships! You learn about the issues surrounding women in leadership positions, reflect on your perception of your best self, identify your key values and strengths, and be better able to chart your path from where you are now to where you want to be.
* Will I be able to design possible research studies to build on the latest research?
Yes, the causal relationships developed through current and most recent research will be explained. These will enable you to identify possible research designs for your own future research.
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