Rural Economic and Community Vitality, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Rural Economic and Community Vitality

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Fully Online
  • 12
    Credits
  • $446.00
    In-State
  • $676.00
    Out-of-State

Program Overview

The online Rural Economic and Community Vitality, Graduate Certificate is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge, tools and practical experience necessary to play a proactive role in rural community economic development.

Students choose this program to:

  • Develop and enhance core community development skills and practices.
  • Learn from experienced community and economic development practitioners.
  • Gain an understanding of the social and economic concepts relevant to understanding rural communities.

This certificate is taught completely online and offers three core classes, including a capstone course designed to put your learning into practice. In addition, students will also select three 5-week courses in their areas of interest, such as community law, financing, workforce or engagement.

Career Outlook: In today’s working world, advanced education is essential. The rural economic and community vitality certificate prepares professionals to excel in a number of positions, including:

  • Community development
  • Regional or community service providers
  • Non-profit administration

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. A written personal statement

    Personal Statement outlining the applicant’s background and professional goals in pursuing the certificate.

  3. 3 letters of recommendation

  4. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  5. Resume/Cover Letter.

To apply to this program:

  1. Apply and be admitted to the Graduate Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  2. Pay the non-refundable $50 application processing fee.

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CDEV 855Dynamics of Effective Leadership in Groups & Teams3
Explore foundational knowledge of team and group dynamics theory and its relationship to the practice of leadership in organizations and communities. Development of leadership, followership, and teamwork skills in small groups and teams. Focus on team and group decision making, problem solving, and creativity, peer assessment, and evaluation using real-world situations and contexts. Critically apply team and group dynamic theories and research to leadership in organizations and communities.
CDEV 814Community and Regional Economic Analysis3
A firm grounding in the reality of the local economy is necessary for successful programs in community economic development and for designing successful state and local policy and programs in economic development. The course introduces concepts of communities and regions, theories of economic growth, drivers of economic growth, the economic base of a community sources of growth or decline in the community, roles of local government and institutions, analytical tools, and strategies for local economic development.
CDEV 894Practicum/Creative Component/Thesis in Community Development 3
The Community Development On-line Master’s Program has a research element in addition to the required number of credit hours. Because of the variety of career and academic opportunities that may result from this degree program, students have considerable leeway in choosing projects that suit their programs of study and fit their future professional or academic goals.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
CDEV 816Nebraska Rural Government Law Fundamentals1
This class will give you a practical introduction to county and rural community government in Nebraska. Topics include state law and local governments; local government functions; land use regulation and zoning; drinking water and wastewater regulation; and local government taxes and spending. While the class focuses on Nebraska rural government law, the issues raised are common to rural governments throughout the United States (except possibly Hawaii). For example, we will learn what local governments’ officials are in Nebraska and what their functions are. The official’s titles may vary in other states (county register of deeds vs. county recorder of deeds, for example) but the functions will be very similar. Thus the course is relevant to students outside Nebraska as well as inside Nebraska.
CDEV 817Nebraska Rural Government Finance Fundamentals1
This class will give you a practical introduction to county and rural community government finance in Nebraska. Topics include: sources of Nebraska local government revenue and spending; a history of Nebraska property taxes; property tax assessment and collection; role of property taxes in Nebraska K-12 education funding; regional and national trends in K-12 education funding; Nebraska property tax relief programs and options; and Nebraska economic development incentive programs. While the class focuses on Nebraska rural government finance, the issues raised are common to rural governments throughout the United States (except possibly Hawaii). For example, we will learn what state and local revenue officials are in Nebraska and what their functions are. The official’s titles may vary in other states (Nebraska Tax Equalization & Review Commission vs. State Board of Equalization, for example) but the functions will be very similar. Thus the course is relevant to students outside Nebraska as well as inside Nebraska.
CDEV 818Community Engagement CDEV 8181
This course will provide a foundational knowledge of community engagement. This will include understanding a community’s readiness to change; strategies to engage community’s members and strategies to determine goals and indicators to achieve change. Participants will review and critique various community engagement and readiness processes, gaining an understanding of approaches advantages and limitations. Through case studies, experiential learning and discussions, participants will develop a skillset for community engagement processes that lead to long-term change.
CDEV 825Sustainable Economic Development CDEV 8251
This course provides an overview of the connections between communities and their local systems and how they work together in affecting long-term community and economic development. Students will be introduced to the complex issues facing local communities, from human capital and environmental concerns to infrastructure and economic development. Tools and strategies for addressing these issues will be a focus of the course lectures and readings.
CDEV 826Business Analysis CDEV 8261
The course is designed to provide a basic overview of business development skills for professionals who manage economic development organizations and provide initial business analysis for consideration of community investments. Through assigned case studies and course assignments, participants will be able to analyze key performance statements and ratios to help determine viability of business enterprises within their community. The course will engage participants through the use of group discussions based on readings, case studies and course assignments.
CDEV 827Community Workforce Development CDEV 8271
The course is designed to expand the student’s awareness and knowledge of current workforce issues and trends and then apply the new knowledge to a real-life community situation. The course project, which will be identified by the participant, is a way to add meaning, to problem-solve and also reflect on the new learning in an integrated manner. The course will engage participants through the use of group online discussions and invited speakers.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$446.00
Fees
$52.50
Total
$498.50

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$1338.00
Fees
$157.50
Total
$1495.50

Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour

Tuition
$676.00
Fees
$52.50
Total
$728.50

3 Credit Hours

Tuition
$2028.00
Fees
$157.50
Total
$2185.50
About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterJul 15
  • Spring SemesterDec 01
  • Summer SessionsApr 15