The spring 2019 session starts March 1st, 2019 and ends April 5th, 2019. You must register before February 26th, 2019 to secure your seat. The spring session has four outstanding classes to choose from below.
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.
This highly flexible certificate program is offered online through a partnership between Village Earth, a leader in sustainable community development education, and Colorado State University. 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.
“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.”
“I wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I enjoyed the Community-based Development program. My courses were engaging and challenging. I especially enjoyed interacting with students from all around the world. And I’m so glad that you encouraged us to connect through LinkedIn and Facebook – I’m happy to stay in touch with classmates”
“I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the courses offered through Village Earth. I have only recently started with the online classes, but I am learning so much and I am already able to implement much of what we are learning.”
“From what we are learning in the courses, I was able to step in and really advocate for local people and their rights, how to establish research protocols, etc. Long story short, I just wanted to say thanks again for the incredibly important work that you are all doing. The work has made me step back and analyze my belief systems and question the framework of what I do, and this is a beautiful thing.”
“To put it mildly, this course has changed the way I view myself in the world. I have no doubt that it will affect how I conduct myself as a member of a team and as a leader. I am especially interested to see how it affects my interaction with my existing social groups of work, family, school, and friends.”
“It has helped me start to frame my experiences on the field and my organization by contrasting and comparing with academic development theory and practitioners’ perspectives. More importantly, it has given me development vocabulary that helps me interact with other NGO practitioners who work in diverse sectors.”