Professional Development

The professional development certificates located in the Supervisor's Toolkit are designed to give you, the aspiring, new, or current manager or leader, the tools you need to be successful in your position today and in the future.

Certificates for Managers & Supervisors

What Every Manager/ Supervisor Should Know 

No one taught you how to be a good manager or supervisor, right? Whether you are new to management or you have been doing it for a long time, after completing these 3 one-hour online courses (available through TEC), you will understand your role as a manager or supervisor, be able to meet expectations that your boss and direct reports have for you, and learn how to establish credibility and manage former colleagues effectively.

Effective Supervision Program (ESP)

This cohort style program takes place during three full days of learning over a three-four week period. Cohorts meet once during the fall semester and once during the spring semester. Breakfast and lunch are provided for all three days.

Each day is filled with both the theory and application of supervision. You will leave with a better understanding of your role as a supervisor here at TU, as well as a better understanding of how you supervise by completing self-assessments, learning through case studies, and being able to ask questions to various Human Resources managers about each topic area. This program is facilitated by Dr. Filiz Tabak from TU's Management department.

Post-ESP Certificates

Performance Management

One area to excel in the Management & Supervision competency at Towson University is performance management. Managers and supervisors should be able to speak to the importance of performance reviews and know how to conduct them. Providing feedback and growing your staff is not a once a year activity. It is vital to our success for managers and supervisors to be able to deliver timely and meaningful guidance and feedback. The post-ESP Performance Management certificate will help develop this competency.

Supervisors and the Law 

Information coming soon!

Leadership Certificate (LC)

The Leadership certificate is designed for those new to or interested in moving into a leadership role.


EL = eLearning via the Internet through Towson's eLearning Center (TEC)
IL = Instructor-led Workshop