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 will help human resources directors and
other leaders in local governments and nonprofit organizations who are seeking
additional leadership development for the department heads and other
individuals they want to groom 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 credit.
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.
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
4324: Politics, Public Policy,
4644: Ethical Responsibilities
4274: Conflict Resolution and
Public Consent Building
4414: Organizational Change
4374: Public Priorities for the
4084: Local Government and
**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 University Center at Chaparral or through the same
on-campus political science courses.
Also note, these courses do not have prerequisites. The target audiences, outside the current
University student body, are local government elected officials, public
employees, and community/nonprofit leaders who have not completed their
undergraduate degrees. The expectation
is that these individuals will have significant experience in local government,
nonprofit, or community leadership that will prepare them sufficiently to
handle 4000 course work in their area of expertise, i.e., leadership and local
government or nonprofit/community leadership.
The goal is to encourage them to come back to school to pursue further
As a part of the advising process, prospective students with
little or no undergraduate experience, little or no work experience, and weak
writing skills will be advised that pursuing this certificate is likely to be
certificate could be completed in one year or less.[†]
certificate would serve as an outreach tool and re-entry point to bring
people back to the University who have been away from higher education for
some period of time.
certificate would help meets of needs of local governments and nonprofit
organizations who are grooming some of their more entry level and middle
management employees for future leadership positions in their
certificate would be valuable to informal community leaders who want to
enhance/further develop their leadership skills.
note that on-campus versions of the required certificate courses may not be
available on a regular basis.
on-campus students are welcome to participate in these courses at the
University Center at Chaparral in Douglas County.