Business and Leadership
Continuing & Professional Education

in Supervisory Development

Part-time, in-class or online study tailored for:

  • supervisors
  • emerging and aspiring leaders

Real­ize your own lead­er­ship poten­tial, grow in your career, and earn a Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta credential

Are you new to the super­vi­so­ry role? Do you aspire to become a leader and move up to the next lev­el in your career? Per­haps you already are a front-line man­ag­er or super­vi­sor in your orga­ni­za­tion, but want to build on your knowl­edge and skills.

For 45 years, the Super­vi­so­ry Devel­op­ment Cita­tion from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alberta’s Fac­ul­ty of Exten­sion has pro­vid­ed new, prac­tic­ing, and aspir­ing super­vi­sors with the essen­tial the­o­ry and skills they need to be effec­tive lead­ers with­in their organizations.

Learn how to main­tain a pro­duc­tive rela­tion­ship with your team, as you devel­op skills to excel in areas such as inter­per­son­al lead­er­ship, deliv­er­ing pre­sen­ta­tions, del­e­gat­ing, team man­age­ment, coach­ing & men­tor­ing. Real­ize your own lead­er­ship poten­tial, grow in your career, and earn a Uni­ver­si­ty of Alber­ta credential.

This pro­gram will ben­e­fit pro­fes­sion­als in super­vi­so­ry roles who wish to upgrade or strength­en their skills and knowl­edge, as well as emerg­ing and aspir­ing lead­ers ready to invest in their career prospects. Stu­dents come from all sec­tors: gov­ern­ment, indus­try, not-for-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions, and small to large enterprises.


Acquire new tools and techniques used to identify needs, develop action plans, delegate work, and monitor success within their organizations.

Explore the theory and practice of supervision in critical performance areas such as team development, standard setting, planning, organizing, and evaluating.

Develop core leadership skills in interpersonal communication, coaching and counseling, human relations, and conflict resolution.

A note about COVID-19 measures

If you see a program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format—but not the program. Winter, Spring, and Summer 2021 courses have been converted to remote delivery platforms. Register for a course online or apply to a program via email, and keep learning!

  • University of Alberta parchment in as little as 1 year
  • Pay as you go
Earn a Citation
in Supervisory Development

This program is currently open for enrolment—apply now

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7 courses needed to graduate with this UAlberta Citation.

You can register for a course without applying angd enrolling in the program. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course you’ve taken will be applied toward your Citation as long as it is still part of the program plan at the time of your application. Please note, program requirements are subject to change over time.

Enrolling in the pro­gram is a require­ment if you want to obtain the cita­tion. You may apply for admis­sion as you start your stud­ies or, if you pre­fer, after you have tak­en one or more courses.

We are open to stu­dents with a vari­ety of edu­ca­tion­al and pro­fes­sion­al back­grounds. Our expec­ta­tion is that you have a com­mit­ment to learn and achieve your con­tin­u­ing edu­ca­tion goals.

Upon com­ple­tion of the Super­vi­so­ry Devel­op­ment Cita­tion, you can receive a cred­it for 78 elec­tive hours in the Man­age­ment Devel­op­ment Cer­tifi­cate pro­gram or the Human Resources Man­age­ment Cer­tifi­cate pro­gram. For more infor­ma­tion, please con­tact our office at busprog@​ualberta.​ca

This part-time program is comprised of seven core courses. Each course is 15 hours in length, for a total of 105 instructional hours. Most students fulfill the citation requirements within one to two years.

Principles of Supervision is the first course in the program, and Supervisory Summation the last. There is no specific order recommended for the remaining courses.

Once you are admitted, you can verify your program requirements by logging into the University of Alberta’s student portal, Bear Tracks, to view your Academic Advisement.

  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
  • Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
  • Mate­ri­als are includ­ed in course fee.
Bursaries and funding opportunities