Twin Cities Campus
Professional Development Postbaccalaureate Certificate
Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
College of Education and Human Development
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, 206 Burton Hall, 178 Pillsbury Dr. S.E., Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-1006; fax: 612-624-3377)
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The certificate in professional development is designed to prepare leaders in designing, implementing, and evaluating learning opportunities for preK-12 educators and related staff. This 12- to 15-credit graduate-level program offers professional development opportunities for teachers, administrators, and others involved in school improvement initiatives. Throughout the program, students are required to reflect on their learning, make explicit connections between theory and practice, and design staff development processes and materials for use in their own work contexts. Through the program, participants will: Learn to apply research-based standards for staff development, Be prepared for the multifaceted roles and competencies of staff developers, Identify organizational and leadership capacities for effective staff development policies and practices, Be able to articulate effective staff learning principles, designs, and strategies, Evaluate staff development, including its effects on students, staff, and systems, Learn to work effectively with groups, including both facilitation and training models of learning, Identify and access staff development resources, including current research and best practices literature, Gain awareness of individual strengths and areas for continuous improvement as a professional educator and leader of staff learning.
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 2.80.
Special Application Requirements:
Admission to the professional development certificate is open to both degree-seeking or non-degree seeking students. Students may pursue the certificate alone or concurrently with a UM masters or doctoral degree. Applicants must have at least three years of experience working as education or related professionals in preK-12 education. Please note that this program is not offered full-time and therefore is not intended for international students needing a visa to study in the United States. Admission for this program is done on a rolling basis.
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
With certificate coordinator approval, students choose and complete 2-5 credits of coursework focusing on a topic that interests them. Students can complete this requirement in one of two ways. Independently designed study or project [OLPD 5095] Focused elective coursework
Take 2 - 5 credit(s) from the following:
Independently designed study or project: OLPD 5095
OLPD 5095Problems: OLPD (1-3 cr). Students submit a proposal for an independently designed study or project to the certificate coordinator for approval by submitting the Proposal for Independent Study or Project as Elective Option [PDF]. Examples of independently designed studies or projects include: Comprehensive site-level design for staff development, including learning, implementation, and evaluation components.
Independently designed study or project: OLPD 5095 Cont'd
Evaluation of a current staff development or curricular initiative Internship focused on staff development research, policy, or practice with personnel in school districts, state departments, or higher education Individualized study or research review of a staff development-related topic Attendance at a national conference with documentation, reflection on learning, and specified follow-up application
Focused elective coursework
In consultation with the certificate coordinator, students can choose elective coursework that aligns with individual interests and best practices in the staff development field. Students may choose from the wide range of offerings at the University of Minnesota, including coursework with the following course designators: Curriculum and Instruction (CI) Educational Psychology (EPSY) Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD) Public Affairs (PA) Sociology (SOC)
The certificate coordinator must approve elective coursework. Courses taken before formal admission into the program may be accepted as program credits at a later date. Relevant graduate coursework from other graduate institutions may be approved to fulfill the elective requirement after review of relevant course syllabi. However, all coursework must have been taken within five years from the date of acceptance into the certificate program.
|Credits:||3.0 [max 3.0]|
|Grading Basis:||A-F or Aud|
|Typically offered:||Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer|
|Credits:||4.0 [max 4.0]|
|Typically offered:||Every Fall|
|Credits:||3.0 [max 3.0]|
|Course Equivalencies:||EdPA 5501/EPsy 5243|
|Typically offered:||Every Fall, Spring & Summer|