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Certificate in Community-Based Education & Leadership

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Become a more effective leader and educator at your organization by earning your Community-Based Education & Leadership certificate.
  • Program Overview

    Program Overview

    Stevenson University Online’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Community-Based Education & Leadership is designed for practicing professionals in non-formal and informal education settings who want to expand their knowledge and skills to become effective educators and change leaders in their organizations. Upon completion of the Certificate program, graduates will have the ability to meet the needs of diverse populations of learners, build transformative learning communities, and foster collaborative partnerships within the expanding non-formal educational sector. Coursework can be completed online for this 15-credit hour program.

    Due to the unique blend of coursework including understanding 21st century teaching and learning as well as organizational management and leadership, this program benefits a variety of positions, including and not limited to the following: Athletic Coaches, Community Education Leaders, Higher Education Professionals, Non-profit Leaders, and Youth Development Specialists.

    Master's Degree Option

    Stevenson University Online also offers a master's in Community-Based Education & Leadership. LEARN ABOUT OUR Master's In CBEL 

  • Courses


    The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Community-Based Education & Leadership is an online 15-credit hour program.

    Required Courses

    • ED 606 Socio-political and Cultural Influences on Families, Organizations, and Communities
    • CBEL 610 Foundations and Frameworks of Community-Based Education
    • CBEL 616 Community Engagement and Leadership

    Community-Based Education & Leadership Electives

    Students will select two courses from the following content areas.

    Teaching and Learning Electives

    • ED 604 Cognitive, Social, and Emotional Development of Learners
    • CBEL 612 Innovative Teaching and Learning for 21st Century Skills
    • CBEL 614 Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
    • CBEL 662 Principles and Practices of Youth Development
    • CBEL 664 Teaching & Learning for Specialized Populations

    Management/Leadership Electives

    • ED 608 Action Research and Data Driven Decision Making
    • CBEL 670 Volunteer Development
    • CBEL 672 Advocacy & Fundraising in Community-Based Organizations
    • CBEL 674 Legal Issues and Risk Management in Community Organizations
  • Admission Requirements

    Admission Requirements

  • FAQ


    Who is the ideal candidate for this degree?
    The intended audience for this program includes, but is not limited to, community school educators, after-school and out-of-school-time educators, librarians, museum coordinators, environmental educators, coaches and summer camp coordinators, higher education student affairs professionals, K-12 teachers and administrators, and government agency outreach providers. 

    How are courses offered?
    Stevenson’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Community-Based Education & Leadership is offered online in 8-week sessions, providing flexibility for working professionals. Course content is facilitated through engaging online instruction by seasoned professionals. Current and innovative educational technology tools build community and encourage collaboration among students and between students and professors. Practical application of theory is embedded throughout the program. 

    How soon can the program be completed and when does it begin?
    Enrollment of the first cohort of students is Fall 2017. The Certificate may be completed in under two years if one course is taken every 8-week session. 

    Is there a master's degree in Community-Based Education & Leadership available?
    Yes, Stevenson University Online offers a Master of Arts in Community-Based Education & Leadership. All Post-Baccalaureate Certificate credits can be fully transferred into the master's program.

    What if an applicant's GPA is under 3.0?
    Consideration will be given to an applicant's professional experience along with academic record. Applicants are encouraged to address any areas of concern in the personal statement. 

    Who do I contact if I have questions?
    Please contact Amanda Millar, Senior Enrollment Counselor, at or call 443-334-3334.

  • Tuition


    Established in 1947, Stevenson University has a long history of providing students an affordable, private education. 

    Stevenson University Online has simplified the cost of your education by eliminating all fees.

    Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program Cost Per
    Credit Hour
    Cost Per Course
    (3-Credit Hours)
    Total Cost of Certificate
    (15-Credit Hours)
    Community-Based Education & Leadership $495.00 $1,485.00 $7,425.00*

    *Does not include books.

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