College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences > Centers & Institutes > Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development > Programs > Development Certificate
Community-development specialists in the Chicago metropolitan area are increasingly being asked to undertake complex initiatives to enhance civic participation, housing conditions, job opportunities, mobility, safety, and many other aspects of neighborhood life. Globalization is changing the nature of their work and accelerating shifts in neighborhood employment and demography.
The Certificate in Community Development at DePaul University is designed to put community development specialists on the cutting-edge of organization planning, leadership development, and program evaluation. The program allows established and emerging professionals to broaden their perspective on urban-development programs in an interdisciplinary learning environment. Three different DePaul University departments teamed up to offer this certificate: The Management of Public Services Program (MPS), the Psychology Department, and the Sociology Department.
This certificate is awarded when a student completes four (4) eligible graduate-level courses (totaling 16 quarter hours) and participates in a non-credit research colloquium. Each participant of the colloquium makes a presentation before a small group of students and faculty members.
Joseph Schwieterman. DePaul University School of Public Service Professor and Director of the Chaddick Institute, Schwieterman, is Chairman of this program and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.362.5731.
Professor Joseph Ferrari. As the official representative for this program in the Psychology Department, Professor Ferrari can be contacted at email@example.com or 773.325.4244.
Do you have questions about the Community Development Certificate? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312.362.5731.
Enrollment Requirement 1. One of the admission requirements for the program is to have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
Enrollment Requirement 2. If you are not currently a DePaul University student, you must apply to the university as a non-degree seeking student. To learn more about the non-degree seeking student application process, please click here or call 312.362.8300 or toll-free at 1-800-4DEPAUL (if you are calling outside Illinois).
Course Requirement 1. All students are required to enroll in MPS 571: Metropolitan Planning, a course designed to broaden a student's perspective on the planning issues in the Chicago region. This course is generally taught on a weekday evening during Winter quarter at the Loop Campus. No more than two courses earned toward a certificate can come from one department.
Course Requirement 2. In addition to MPS 571: Metropolitan Planning, students must choose three more courses with the director's approval. Eligible courses include:
GEO441: Applications in Geographic Information Systems MLS404: The CityPSY 654: Community Psychology PSY 680: Introduction to Industrial-Organization PsychologyMPS 526: Local Government AdministrationMPS 572: Urban Poverty SeminarMPS 573: Urban and Community AnalysisMPS 574: Community Organizations and Urban DevelopmentSOC 426: Policies and Urban Development SOC 422: Urban and Community AnalysisSOC 424: Sociology of Housing
Students may also enroll in the following elective courses with permission of the program director. Generally, participants will be limited to one of these courses:
MPS 529: Strategic PlanningPSY 495: Grant WritingPSY 520: Principles of DiversityPSY 567: Special Topics Seminar: EmpowermentPSY 569: Seminar in Program EvaluationSOC 423: Urban Cultural Areas (MLS 455)SOC 432: Social Service in Contemporary Society SOC 444: Law Enforcement and Community Relations