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Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Community & Economic Development

The post-baccalaureate Certificate in Sustainable & Economic Development provides a snapshot into the graduate-level experience of the Community Development program by examining high-level systems, development, and the social sector intersections of the field which include intense discussions, project development, and research to understand and address modern-day issues in local and national communities.

Program Description

You will have the opportunity to develop key skills and knowledge that includes project design, planning, implementation, management and evaluation for work in nonprofit organizations, planning, community reinvestment, policy-making and government regulatory agencies, among others.

Curriculum

The Certificate requires five (5) three-credit courses within the Community Development concentration. These include four required courses and one elective.

Curriculum

Required:

CD 521 Social Theories of Community-Base Practice
CD 552 Organizational Leadership, Management and Change in Community-Based Organizations
CD 554 Introduction to Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
CD 555 Fundamentals of Mixed Methods Research in Community-Based Practice

Electives:

CD 530 Special Topics in Sustainable Community and Economic Development
CD 522 Fundamentals of Urban Ecology and Healthy Communities
CD 540 Community Development Practicum

(With the approval of their advisor, students may select an elective (at the 500 level or higher) in other disciplines such as Criminal Justice, Historic Preservation, and Public Administration.) 

Course Descriptions

CD 521– Social Theories of Community Based Practice
This class investigates community and economic development theories within the context of classical and contemporary economic and social theories. Since community development is an inter-disciplinary field, students in this course will consider theories as diverse as location and place theories, micro- and macro-economics, structural-functional and conflict social theories, among others and how they are used, on a daily basis by community based practitioners. Students will formulate a basic theory of change to be applied in community-based practice. (3 credits)

CD 522 – Fundamentals of Urban Ecology and Healthy Communities
This course examines components and relationships within urban ecosystems. From both a historic and contemporary vantage point, students will explore the different stakeholders that make up the urban neighborhood environment, the relationships among and between them and how community and economic development initiatives can positively impact the health of a community. (3 credits)

CD 530 – Special Topics in Sustainable Community and Economic Development
This course provides students the opportunity to explore, in greater depth, timely and significant topics influencing, affecting and/or impacting the field of community development. The course may be taken more than once depending on topical content. (3 credits)

CD 540 – Practicum in Sustainable Community and Economic Development
This course provides students with the opportunity to gain credit for practical, field, experience in community based organizational settings. (3 credits)

CD 552 – Organizational Leadership, Management and Change in Community Based Organizations
Community Development, by definition, is a method of improving communities. Community development organizations are the agents of change. This course provides an introduction to the basic principles of organizational management and leadership as applied in community based, nonprofit agencies. Students will have the opportunity to develop a better understanding of their own competencies as leaders and managers and how these can be expanded and developed to be a successful organizational leader. (3 credits)

CD 554 – Introduction to Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation in Community Based Practice
In this course, students will develop proficiency in using logic models as a tool for designing, monitoring and evaluating community based interventions. Students will identify a community or neighborhood problem and develop a preliminary project design using a logic model template. Students will also examine best practice models of formative and summative program evaluations. (3 credits)

CD 555 – Fundamentals of Mixed Methods Research in Community Based Practices When designing and planning or evaluating a program, community based practitioners are likely to use different research methods. Some mixture of quantitative and qualitative research is used to identify and define community problems and/or measure the outcomes of interventions. Students will develop a foundational understanding of investigative and evaluative research methodology. The focus of the course will be on the application of mixed methods research in community-based practice. Students will conduct a literature review; develop research questions and a research design based on the work they completed in CD 552 and CD 554. (3 credits)

(With the approval of their advisor, students may select an elective [at the 500 level or higher] in other disciplines such as Criminal Justice, Historic Preservation, and Public Administration).

Financial Aid

Graduate Certificate Tuition:

Fall 2016 & Winter, Spring and Summer 2017 Rates

  • Tuition (per credit) $552
  • Three Credit class $1,656

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