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Online Certificate in Sustainable Community Development

 

“For 26 years, I had worked with an international NGO assigned in several countries but I must admit that despite these years of doing development work, it is only now that I have a deeper understanding of what community-based development should be.”  — Course Participant


The Sustainable Community Development Certificate Program is now offered through two universities!

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Students can enroll in just one course or complete all four courses at either Duke University or Colorado State University to receive a Certificate in Sustainable Community Development.  We are now offering specialized tracks for those who would like their certificate program to focus in on a particular subject area within the field of sustainable community development.

These are the courses currently offered at Colorado State University:

COURSE
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Social Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development September 12, 2014
Community Participation and Dispute Resolution September 12, 2014
Participatory Monitoring and EvaluationSeptember 12, 2014
Technology and Community DevelopmentOctober 31, 2014
Approaches to Community DevelopmentOctober 31, 2014
Community HealthOctober 31, 2014

These are the courses currently offered at Duke University

COURSE
NEXT OFFERED
Participatory Monitoring and EvaluationSeptember 19, 2014
Community-Based Health September 19, 2014
Development and the Politics of EmpowermentSeptember 19, 2014
Approaches to Community DevelopmentNovember 7, 2014
Local Communities & Climate Change Mitigation StrategiesNovember 7, 2014
Tourism and DevelopmentNovember 7, 2014

Acquire the skills needed to transform your community and advance your career. This online certificate program is designed for people who currently work in community development and desire to advance their careers as well as those who plan to work or volunteer in this field. You will be equipped with practical tools to meet today’s challenges as project directors, community leaders, grassroots activists, funders, and field workers in community-based organizations and governmental and nongovernmental organizations. With a wide variety of electives, you can tailor the program to meet your needs and interests.To earn the certificate, you must complete the required courses of your chosen track and any elective courses of your choosing.  Each course runs five weeks and requires a minimum of 20 hours of student participation.  You may take courses in any order.  Each course costs $390.


Overview

This online certificate program is designed for people who currently work in community development and desire to advance their careers as well as those who plan to work or volunteer in this field. You will be equipped with practical tools to meet today’s challenges as project directors, community leaders, grassroots activists, funders, and field workers in community-based organizations and governmental and nongovernmental organizations. With a wide variety of electives, you can tailor the program to meet your needs and interests.


Your Instructors and the Online Learning Experience

This highly flexible certificate program is offered online through a partnership between Village Earth, a leader in sustainable community development education, Duke University, and Colorado State University, respectively. Your instructors are seasoned professionals who are practitioners in their fields. They use a multi-sector, participatory approach to learning. Rather than teaching prescriptive solutions to community problems, you learn how to use the community’s input and vision to create options and solutions that truly meet community needs.


Curriculum

To earn a certificate in sustainable community development, you must complete the required courses of your chosen track and any elective courses of your choosing. Each course runs five weeks and requires a minimum of 20 hours of student participation. You may take courses in any order.  Each course costs $390.

This online certificate program uses a multi-sector, participatory approach that focuses on empowerment of people as both the ends and means of a sustainable development process. Rather than teaching prescriptive solutions to community problems, we provide you with the tools to use the community’s input and vision to create options and solutions that truly meet community needs.

The courses use the flexibility of online delivery to help you learn through case studies, exercises, and group discussions, providing a complete learning environment. You will learn from, and share experiences with, practitioners working in the field all over the world. These courses give experienced practitioners a fresh perspective and provide novices and volunteers the training they need to be successful working in the field of development.


Specialized Tracks – Choose Your Area of Focus or Create Your Own Track

Certificate in Sustainable Community Development with a Specialization in:

Click here to learn more about our specialized tracks.


Benefits & Outcomes

This online certificate program is designed for people who plan to work or volunteer in community development, or who already work in this field and want to advance their careers. You will be prepared with practical tools to meet today’s challenges as project directors, community leaders, grassroots activists, funders, and field workers in community-based organizations and governmental and nongovernmental organizations. With a wide variety of electives, you are able to tailor the program to meet your needs and interests.


Course Capacity

Our classes are capped at a maximum capacity per course to be able to deliver the most personal training experience possible. Therefore, we encourage you to register early to ensure your enrollment in your desired course and session.


General Course Information

Course Format

All Village Earth online courses are organized in a seminar format with weekly readings, presentations and assignments along with discussion among participants. While participants are not required to access the courses at specific times it will be necessary to access the course at least two or more times each week to download assignments, post reactions, and give feedback to other course participants.

Materials

All content and readings required for Village Earth courses will be downloadable from within the online course or linked to from the course. Participants will not be required to purchase any additional materials.

Grading

All Village Earth online courses are non-credit but are graded on a Pass/Fail basis. The criteria for passing or failing will be determined by each instructor and should be clearly explained in the course syllabus or course description. Following the completion of each course, students will be mailed a letter indicating their grade which should be retained for your records.

To be awarded the Certificate in Sustainable Community Development students must pass the required course, Approaches to Community-Based Development along with three (3) other elective courses in the program.

Academic Credit

CEUs or Professional Development Units (PDUs) are awarded for participation. Each CEU represents 10 hours of instruction; a PDU represents one hour of instruction. These units are respected in many industries as proof of commitment to continuous learning and accepted for recertification requirements as a measure of in-service activities in professional fields.

CEUs and PDUs do not, however, count toward a degree nor are they recorded on an official transcript.

Technical Requirements

Courses are delivered via the Internet in a Learning Management System (LMS). It is important to ensure that your computer has the proper technical requirements prior to registering for a course. The minimum requirements to use this system include the following:

  • High-speed internet connection – cable, DSL, or wireless
  • Compatible web browser
    • Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, or
    • Firefox 3.6 or higher, or
    • Safari 3.2 or higher, or
    • Google Chrome
  • Java 6 – visit http://www.java.com/en/ for a free Java download.

Additionally, many Village Earth courses share documents using the freely available Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you don’t have a reader installed version, you can download one for free at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html

For Colorado State University courses:  Blackboard Mobile Learn can be used on a variety of mobile devices, including BlackBerry®, Android™, and iOS devices such as iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.


Contact

For more information about this program please contact Kristina Pearson at kristina@villageearth.org or +1-970-237-3002 ext. 503.

 

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