Graduate Certificate in Community Development Policy and Practice
The Graduate Certificate in Community Development Policy and Practice (CDPP) is designed to provide professional development for in-service practitioners in the field of community development, which pursues holistic improvements to the social, economic, and environmental qualities of local communities. The CDPP graduate certificate program is available to certificate seeking students as well as those pursuing another graduate degree. Each student must successfully complete 18 credit hours, including three required courses and three electives from those listed in the Graduate Catalog or as approved by the Program Director.
Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale. The deadline to apply is June 15 for Fall admission only. To apply for the CDPP Certificate you will need to submit the following material:
- Application for admission and transcripts. When applying select Certificate Code CG42. Apply here
- Statement of Purpose. Indicate career interests and experience in community development.
CERTIFICATE CODE - CG42
|PUBA 650||Local Governance||3|
|PUBA 750||Public Planning||3|
|PUBA 755||Sustainable Community Development||3|
|Select 9 credit hours from electives or courses approved by Graduate Certificate Coordinator|
|Equitable Community Development|
|Advanced Public Service Research|
|Program Development in Community Education|
|Program Evaluation in Comm Ed|
|Graduate Graphic Design|
|The Creative Economies|
|Advanced Urban Forest Management|
|Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management|
|Geographic Information Science|
|Field Methods in Historic Preservation|
|Local History Research Methodology|
|Practicum in Cultural Resource Management|
|Meanings of Place|
|Agriculture & Food Law|
|Land Use and Resilience Law|
|Outdoor Recreation Behavior|
|Financial Management and Grant Writing|
Certificate Learning Outcomes
Graduate Certificate - Community Development Policy and Practice (CDPP)
- Identify, distinguish, and summarize the institutions, processes, and powers of local government in a federalist system.
- Recognize, summarize, and recommend the basic operations and finances of local government.
- Investigate and judge historic and current systems of privilege and oppression.
- Analyze community power dynamics in a particular case.
- Recognize and distinguish various rationales for engaging the public in policy making and implementation.
- Illustrate and model various techniques for mobilizing stakeholders and citizens in collaborative public policy making, planning, and program implementation.
- Identify, define, and compare common arenas of public planning.
- Research and organize planning data to formulate recommendations using a logic model approach, including both data-driven (needs/assets assessment) and mission-driven (strategic) planning practices.
- Distinguish and interpret theoretical approaches to community development.
- Prepare, investigate, develop, and recommend a community development project through implementation, management, and resource development planning.
- Construct a theory of change logic model based on program theory.
- Create a program evaluation research design.