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University of Colorado Denver College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

 

Center for New Directions in Politics and Public Policy

Certificate


The Leadership Certificate is a valuable academic credential that reflects the participant's scholarly achievement in the areas of politics and public policy. Equally important, the Leadership Certificate Program offers participants the opportunity to develop the political skills and acumen necessary for leading effectively within his/her own organization, community, or jurisdiction. The Certificate also serves as a credible interim credential while the student continues his/her educational program toward the completion of a graduate or undergraduate degree. The Academic Certificate Program consists of five courses representing 15 semester hours of credit. Four of the courses require classroom attendance. A fifth course consists of an independent study. Courses can be taken at the graduate or at the undergraduate level.

The Leadership Certificate Program provides an extremely valuable educational experience for community leaders/activists as well as those individuals currently serving as policy board members of nonprofit organizations, school boards, city or town councils or any of the various special district governing boards or commissions.

The flexibility of the program through its individually designed curriculum also encourages participation of individuals, regardless of title or position, from such professions as law enforcement, fire and emergency service, K-12 teachers, and nursing.

The program can also serve as an excellent learning vehicle for those simply wanting to become more informed and involved in their own neighborhoods and communities.

General Guidelines

UNDERGRADUATE COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE

 

The Center for NEW DIRECTIONS in Politics and Public Policy offers a formally transcripted undergraduate certificate in Community Leadership to meet the needs of individuals in formal public and nonprofit positions that require development of their leadership competencies and for individuals in informal community leadership positions who want to build their knowledge, skills, and effectiveness.  The certificate is open to nondegree seeking students (without an undergraduate degree) as well as undergraduates.

 

This certificate aids leadership development for organization leaders and other individuals being groomed for succession to leadership, while also allowing community leaders opportunities to learn ways to enhance their leadership skills.  The certificate can also serve as a re-entry point for individuals who have been away from higher education for some time and who are fearful of returning to college to complete their BA degree program when their study skills may have faded. 

 

Students who successfully complete the certificate program would be allowed to transfer in the credits received in the certificate program to complete their undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado Denver.  Undergraduate student transfer of credits would follow completion of the formal application for admission and follow the established review for acceptance of transfer credits.

 

Admissions

 

Individuals who are not currently admitted students seeking the undergraduate Community Leadership Certificate would use the “quick admit” feature online or the extended studies admissions form previously developed by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

 

Students requesting admission to the undergraduate program at UCD would need to complete the application for admissions and be formally admitted by the University prior to requesting transfer of their certificate credits for their degree program. The Community Leadership Certificate is also available as a stand-alone University certificate for individuals who do not desire to pursue further higher education coursework.

 

Currently admitted undergraduates should schedule certificate advising appointments with the NEW DIRECTIONS office to register their intent to pursue the Community Leadership Certificate.  Then they may register for classes as usual.

 

Certificate Requirements:     

 

12 credit hours must be successfully completed with a grade of B- or better.  All courses are currently offered in the extended studies format at the University Center at Chaparral.

 

Required Courses:

 

  • PSCI 4324:       Politics, Public Policy, and Leadership
  • PSCI 4644:       Ethical Responsibilities of Leaders

 

Elective Options:

 

  • PSCI 4274:       Conflict Resolution and Public Consent Building

                  Or

  • PSCI 4414:       Organizational Change Agents

                        And

  • PSCI 4374:       Public Priorities for the 21st Century

                  Or

  • PSCI 4084:       Local Government and Administration
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**Please note, the required courses will be offered every year.  Some combination of the elective courses will be provided each year to assure sufficient choice for certificate completion in that year.

 

Individuals pursuing this undergraduate certificate will take their classes through the Center for NEW DIRECTIONS’ extended studies program offered at the Liniger Building at CU South Denver (Wildlife Experience) or through the same on-campus political science courses.

General Guidelines​
GRADUATE PUBLIC, NONPROFIT, AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE

 

The Center for NEW DIRECTIONS in Politics and Public Policy offers a formally transcripted graduate certificate in Public, Nonprofit, and Community Leadership to meet the needs of individuals in formal public and nonprofit positions that require development of their leadership competencies and for individuals in informal community leadership positions who want to build their knowledge, skills, and effectiveness.  The certificate is open to nondegree seeking students (with or without an undergraduate degree) as well as students formally admitted to the MA in Political Science and to upper division undergraduates seeking to get a head start on their graduate studies.

 

Students who successfully complete the certificate program would be allowed to transfer in the credits received in the certificate program to complete the Master’s Degree in Political Science with emphasis in Politics and Public Policy offered through the Center for NEW DIRECTIONS in Politics and Public Policy in the Political Science Department at the University of Colorado Denver.  Transfer of credits would follow completion of the formal application for admission and follow the established review for acceptance of transfer credits.

 

Prospective students for programs other than the MA in Political Science with emphasis in Politics and Public Policy should verify with their proposed graduate program to determine the number of credit hours that may be accepted for transfer credit for other MA degrees.

 

Admissions

 

Individuals who are not currently admitted students seeking the graduate Public, Nonprofit, and Community Leadership Certificate would use the “quick admit” feature online or the extended studies admissions form previously developed by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

 

Students requesting admission to the MA in Political Science program would need to complete the application for admissions (undergraduate or graduate, respectively) and be formally admitted by the department (and Graduate School for prospective graduate students) prior to requesting transfer of their certificate credits for their degree program.  Please note: completion of the Graduate Certificate in Public, Nonprofit, and Community Leadership does not obligate the individual to pursue further education.  The Certificate can be earned as a stand-alone University certificate, or it can be applied to a current or future degree program.

 

Currently admitted upper division undergraduates should schedule certificate advising appointments with the NEW DIRECTIONS office to register their intent to pursue the Public, Nonprofit, and Community Leadership Certificate.  Then they may register for classes as usual.

 

Similarly, currently admitted MA students should schedule certificate advising appointments with the NEW DIRECTIONS office to register their intent to pursue the Public, Nonprofit, and Community Leadership Certificate.  Then they may register for classes as usual.

 

 

 

 

Certificate Requirements:     

 

9 credit hours must be successfully completed with a grade of B- or better.  All courses are currently offered in the extended studies format at the University Center at Chaparral and on the Fort Lewis College campus in Durango, CO.

 

 

 

Required Courses:

 

  • PSCI 5324:       Politics, Public Policy, and Leadership
  • PSCI 5644:       Ethical Responsibilities of Leaders

 

Elective Options:

 

  • PSCI 5274:       Conflict Resolution and Public Consent Building

                  Or

  • PSCI 5414:       Organizational Change Agents

                        Or

  • PSCI 5374:       Public Priorities for the 21st Century

                  Or

  • PSCI 5009:       Politics of the Budgetary Process

                  Or

  • PSCI 5084:       Local Government and Administration

 

*Please note, the required courses will be offered every year.  Some combination of the elective courses will be provided each year to assure sufficient choice for certificate completion in that year.

 

Individuals pursuing this graduate certificate will take their classes through the Center for NEW DIRECTIONS’ extended studies program offered at the Liniger Building at CU South Denver (Wildlife Experience) or on the Fort Lewis College campus in Durango.