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Professional Development Postbaccalaureate Certificate

Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development
College of Education and Human Development
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Contact Information
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)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Length of program in credits: 12 to 15
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Proffesional Development PBacc Certificate Grad
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.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
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.
Program Requirements
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.
Required Courses
OLPD 5201 - Strategies for Teaching Adults (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5374 - Leadership for Professional Development (4.0 cr)
OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3.0 cr)
Additional Coursework
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 5095—Problems: 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)
Please Note:
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.
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OLPD 5201 - Strategies for Teaching Adults
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Psychological theories of adult learning; learning styles and personality types; teaching styles; group and team learning; moderating and study circles; teaching technologies and distance learning; gender, race, and cultural communication. Applications of strategies. prereq: Grad student only
OLPD 5374 - Leadership for Professional Development
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Designing, implementing, evaluating staff development in preK-12 settings. Research-based standards for effective staff development. Need for embedded time for collaborative learning, evaluating staff/student outcomes. prereq: Postbaccaleaureate, at least 3 yrs teaching experience
OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EdPA 5501/EPsy 5243
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to program evaluation. Planning an evaluation study, collecting and analyzing information, reporting results; evaluation strategies; overview of the field of program evaluation.