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  Dec 12, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

Nonprofit Leadership Minor with Certification


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The School of Public Affairs and Administration offers two undergraduate Minors in Nonprofit Leadership. Nonprofit Leadership Minor with Certification is geared towards students interested in pursuing careers in nonprofits dealing with youth and families and includes earning a National Certification called “Certified Nonprofit Professional” (CNP) from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA). This minor requires 17 credit hours and certification. The minor prepares students for entry-level professional positions in nonprofit organizations.

With Certification Requirements


The minor in Nonprofit Leadership that includes the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) certification requires the following: 14 credit hours, 3 hours of elective credit hours and service:

Elective Credits: 3 hours


All electives must be approved by the advisor. Some possibilities for these credit hours are the following:  PADM 5830, 5840, 5870, 5980, 5990; ACTY 2100, 2110, 3130, 4140; ADA 5650; AFS 3140; ANTH 5220; COM 3500, 4440, 5410; DANC 4890; ECON 2010, 2020, 3100, 3190, 3240, 3450, 3800, 4020, 5880, ENVS 4100; GWS 3200; PHIL 4100; PSCI 2000, 2020, 3000, 3040, 3110, 3950, 4050, 4200, 4210, 4220; PSY 3000, 3300, 5260; SOC 2820, 2830, 3730, 4120, 4560, 5680; STAT 2160; SWRK 3330, 4010, 4020 (Please note there may be prerequisites for these classes.)

Additional Requirements


Extracurricular requirements prescribed by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA). These requirements include attendance at the national Alliance Management/Leadership Institute, and participation in other activities that fulfill the NLA competencies.

The student must complete a minimum internship of 300 hours (3 credit hours) in a nonprofit organization either by taking PADM 4100 or by taking an internship in the student’s major. If the internship is in the student’s major, the internship must be approved, in advance, by the appropriate faculty in the School of Public Affairs and Administration, involve work that fulfills the NLA competencies, and include the NLA reporting requirements.

Elective hours are determined by the student’s career goals and defined in conjunction with the appropriate faculty in the School of Public Affairs and Administration. Since leadership encompasses a broad range of skills that are applied in several sectors, it is not possible to provide a comprehensive list of the areas of the electives. Examples include the arts, communication, criminal justice, diversity, environmental studies, health services, nonprofit administration, public policy, public history, and urban and regional planning. Course options for these and additional areas are provided on the School of Public Affairs and Administration’s website and developed in consultation with the appropriate faculty in the School of Public Affairs and Administration.

In order to obtain NLA certification/minor, the student must earn a minimum grade of “C” or better in any course counted towards the NLA certification/minor and have the appropriate faculty in the School of public Affairs and Administration attest to the fulfillment of the competencies. The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance competency requirements include Communication, Marketing, and Public Relations; Cultural Competency and Diversity; Financial Resource Development and Management; Foundation and Management of the Nonprofit Sector; Governance, Leadership and Advocacy; Legal and Ethical Decision Making; Personal and Professional Development; Program Development; Volunteer and Human Resource Management; and the Future of the Nonprofit Sector.

Course options for these and additional areas are provided on the School of Public Affairs and Administration’s site and developed in consultation with the appropriate faculty in the School of Public Affairs and Administration.

Additional Costs


There are currently fees for joining the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and for the processing of the CNP certificate. Fees are also charged for part of the cost (travel, lodging, registration) of attending the National Alliance Management/Leadership Institute. Students involved in PADM 3220 will also be responsible for raising funds for part of the cost of the conference. Conference costs vary depending on location of the conference and membership and certification fees are subject to change.

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