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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.

Learn more about VE/CSU Online Certificate Program

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 1501 – Approaches to Community Development

This course provides a framework for community development based on a participatory, bottom-up, multi-sector model. Various approaches have been used in community development with varying degrees of success. One approach that has consistently demonstrated effectiveness is the Village Earth model based on participatory practices.

Through personal and structural empowerment, the objectives of economic well-being, environmental sustainability, and socio-cultural vitalization can be met. By looking at an overview of the entire development process and using case studies, this course will prepare participants to work in the field of community development and illuminate how all of the development efforts fit together to support the overall goal of sustainability.

Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

Compare different development approaches and evaluate their effectiveness.
Understand the basic principles that underlie sustainable development.
Incorporate participatory practices into community development activities
Design a development project based on the Village Earth model
Who should take this course? This course is suited for people who are interested in community development and work or plan to work in this field. This includes people working or volunteering at NGOs, NPOs, governmental organizations, without border organizations, or missionary organizations. In addition, people involved in funding community development projects benefit from this course.

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