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The Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Development as Continuing Education and Professional Development for Educators, Boards of Directors, and Funders


Village Earth’s online Certificate Program in Sustainable Community Development is not just meant for community workers, it’s also a great resource for those seeking continuing education and professional development in numerous other professional fields. And, because our program is offered in partnership with Colorado State University you have greater assurance that you will receive professional credit for our courses. In fact, each of our courses is worth two (2) continuing education units. A CEU is a unit of credit equal to ten hours of participation in an accredited program designed for professionals with certificates or licenses to practice various professions.

With 15 different courses in a range of topics the Village Earth/CSU program is a great program for:

  • K-12 teachers (especially those teaching in International Baccalaureate or Service Learning programs)
  • Members of Boards of Directors for organizations working a range of fields related to international community development, sustainable development, aid and relief, and missionary organizations.
  • People working for funding organizations that seek to better understand local needs as well as dynamics between organizations/donors and beneficiaries.
  • Anyone working for local governments in the areas of social work, community planning, and economic development.

For more information contact: [email protected]

Below is a list of our upcoming classes:

Upcoming Courses in the Village Earth/CSU Online Certificate Program in Community-Based Development

Fall I Session

GSLL 1518 – Community-Based Food Systems

During this five week course, you will learn about various approaches to building community-based food systems and movements for food justice around the world. Together, we will evaluate successful efforts at food system relocalization and the protection of community food resources, as well as the factors that threaten these efforts.

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Summer II Session

GSLL 1510 – Community-Based Mapping

This course explores theories, ethics, applications, and methods of community-based mapping and its role in participatory learning and action as well as larger processes of integrated community-based development.

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