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Certificate in Community Development

This professional certificate program is designed for practitioners in community development to upgrade their skills and enhance their professional expertise. The program focuses especially on the interactions of public policy, affordable housing advocacy, finance and government regulation. It is also designed to prepare students who may be interested in careers in housing, community development and public policy.
The updated Certificate will require students to complete 15 credits. 

The four required courses are:

CD 220 Elements and Issues in Community Development  
CD 351 Sustainable Economic and Community Development  
CD 352 Non-Profit Management  
CD 401 Research Methods in Community Based Practice  

For the 5th course, students have the opportunity to select from the following courses:

CD 101 Strategies in Community and Neighborhood Revitalization (Intended for those with little or no experience in the field.)
CD 252 Roles and Systems in Community-Based Organizations (Intended for those with little or no experience in the field.)
CD 350 Housing Development Skills
CD 430 Special Topics in Community Development

Or, students may select to complete a practicum or internship or a course in a related field such as Criminal Justice, Health and Social Services, Public Administration or Urban Studies.
*CD 252 may be substituted for CD 352 for students not pursuing careers as managers of community-based organizations.