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Community Development Certificate

This introductory certificate in Community Development is designed for people who are seeking to develop or strengthen their core skills and knowledge of the field. Coursework focuses on the integration between public policy and community based practice, with an emphasis on preservation and development of affordable housing, managing community based organizations, programs and projects and the core theories and principles that guide community development practitioners in their day-to-day work.

Program Description

The program was designed in partnership with the Housing Network of Rhode Island. Students are expected to satisfy the requirements of an internship with the Housing Network or an affiliated community development organization. This requirement may be satisfied through the documentation of community development employment experience or through learning experiences acquired by placement.



Required courses (5 courses)

CD 220 Elements and Issues in Community Development
CD 352 Non-Profit Management
CD 350 Housing and Development Skills
CD 351 Sustainable Economic and Community Development

and three (3) Electives chosen by the student and his/her Academic Liaison, from the areas of leadership and non-profit management; housing, planning and development skills; and community economic and social development.