Graduate Certificate in Education Policy

Graduate Certificate

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.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Public Affairs Campus: CU Denver Classroom: Online and on campus classes Recommended completion time: 1 Year Credits required for completion: 12 Application deadline: Fall: August 1; Spring: December 1; Summer: May 1

The Details

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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.

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. All course descriptions can be found in the Graduate Academic Catalog.

  • PUAD 5180 – Social Entrepreneurship (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 5310 – Policy Formulation and Implementation (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 5628 – Urban Social Problems (3 credit hours)
  • PUAD 6600 – Education Systems Leadership (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)

Admissions Requirements

View the admissions requirements for the School of Public Affairs.

Events for prospective students

Which MPA is Right for Me? (Webinar)

| 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Cost/fee: Free
During this one-hour webinar, you will learn about the School of Public Affairs' three different versions of the Master of Public Administration program (i.e. traditional, executive, accelerated). Specifically, we will discuss structural, curricular, and cost similarities and differences. You will have the opportunity to submit questions throughout the presentation.
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