Online Graduate Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development
Earning a social entrepreneurship and community development certificate empowers you to build meaningful initiatives that address challenges in local communities. This transdisciplinary program equips you with broad expertise in these subjects while also giving you the opportunity to tailor the curriculum to your career goals.
Next start date: 08/18/2022
Total classes: 5
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 15
Degree questions, answered.
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What are examples of community development?
Community development is about co-creating transformative solutions that enhance the social, cultural, environmental and economic well-being of communities. Social entrepreneurship is a process of creating impact through new and innovative ways that are sustainable and results-oriented. Common examples of community development include:
- Cultural awareness programs.
- Education support for children, youth and families.
- Human services advocacy for the most vulnerable.
- Municipal planning.
- Philanthropic advancement.
- Rehabilitation and expansion of public spaces.
- Workforce and economic development.
There are many more potential programs and projects that can be considered community development depending on the needs of a specific community. A community development and social entrepreneurship certificate will educate you on how to develop, implement and sustain innovative solutions to enhance community well-being.
What can you do with a social entrepreneurship and community development certificate?
Students who have earned this community development certificate in the past have used it to work in nonprofit, philanthropic and community development organizations. In these roles, our graduates are leading programs related to the arts, environment, human services, education, health and more.
This graduate certificate combines social entrepreneurship with innovative community development. This provides a basis for fostering positive change to enhanced community well-being through nonprofits, corporations, societies and economies. By the end of this community development certificate, you’ll have a deep understanding of how to harness social enterprise opportunities to create transformative solutions to challenges prevalent across communities.
Will my social entrepreneurship certificate say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
Social entrepreneurship and community development classes
This program is designed for both policy and entrepreneurship-oriented students across disciplines. The certificate benefits from sharing coursework and faculty with ASU’s top-ranked master’s degree in nonprofit leadership and management. In addition, the opportunity to select your own community development classes as electives means you can customize your degree. Featured courses include:
Financial and Resource Management
Community and Social Innovation
Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations
Program Evaluation and Information Management
Reading and Conference
Strategic Human Resources Management
What can I do with a community development certificate?
Completing a social entrepreneurship certificate positions you to take on a leadership role in establishing and administering community development programs. You might work for an existing organization or start your own. Career examples include but are not limited to:
Admission requirements for the social entrepreneurship and community development certificate
Applicants to the graduate certificate in social entrepreneurship and community development must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.
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The Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions is a comprehensive public service college dedicated to addressing social problems through teaching, research and service. Our public service programs, from public policy, to social work, to criminal justice, to emergency management, are designed to help prepare our diverse student body to make a difference in the community.
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