Graduate Certificate in Education Policy

School of Public Affairs


Degree: Graduate Certificate

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

This certificate provides you with an understanding of how K-12 education is governed, financed and regulated in the United States. You will become familiar with the interaction between federal, state and local policies and with the context in which education policy is formulated and implemented.

Application deadlines

Fall: August 1; Spring: December 1; Summer: May 1

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling Public Administration & Policy

Campus: CU Denver

Program requirements

The Graduate Education Policy Certificate requires 12 credit hours of coursework.
Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, with a minimum grade of B- in each course.

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Required courses

Students must complete the following courses for a total of 6 credit hours:

  • PUAD 5200: Education Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5210: Education Finance (3 credit hours)

Elective courses

In addition to the required courses, students must complete two elective courses from the list below, or that have been approved by their advisor, for a total of 6 credit hours.

  • PUAD 5110: Seminar in Nonprofit Management (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5120: Nonprofits & Public Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5140: Nonprofit Financial Management (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5170: Strategic Management for Nonprofit & Public Managers (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5180: Social Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5230: Education Systems Leadership (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5310: Principles of Policy Design (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5320: Public Policy Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5350: Program Evaluation (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5460: Political Advocacy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5625: Local Government Management (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5626: Local Government Politics & Policy (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5628: Urban Social Problems (3 credit hours)
  • Any graduate-level course offered by the School of Education and Human Development, with the approval of the concentration director (3 credit hours)

Recommended Completion Time:1 Year

Required Credits for Completion:12 Credits

Admission Requirements

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