This certificate program prepares students for mid-level positions in community-based organizations and provides a base for graduate work in non-profit management and other related areas. Students take coursework in foundations and policy, which provides an overview of the workings and role of CBOs, fundraising and marketing, and in leadership to provide knowledge in preparation for supervisory and management roles.


Foundations and Policy
ED POL 601Foundations of Community-Based Organizations3
Choose one:3
Community Policy Analysis
Community-Based Organization Funding
Reproduction of Minority Communities
Race, Ethnicity, and Public Policy in Urban America
Fundraising and Marketing
ED POL 602Proposal Writing and Fundraising Skills for Community-Based Organizations3
or ED POL 604 Marketing for Community-Based Organizations
Choose one:3
Operations Management in Early Childhood Programs
Social Media and Technology for Community Engagement
Community Partnerships
Choose one:3
Leadership and Management of Volunteer Programs
Administration and Supervision in Early Childhood Programs
Leadership in Youth-Serving Organizations
Total Credits15

Undergraduate Advising

Our purpose is to provide collaborative, mentoring relationships which promote educational, career, and professional development. We value a student-centered, holistic, and ethical approach to advising based on strong partnerships with students, faculty and staff, and the larger campus community. We are committed to creating a respectful and supportive environment. We encourage students to be self-reliant through informed decisions and choices based upon dissemination of accurate information. We value our own continuous professional development to enhance the quality of the advising experience.

How to Prepare for an Advising Meeting

  • Review your Advisement Report in PAWS.
  • Come prepared with questions or topics for discussion.
  • Make a list of courses you think you should take.
  • Investigate opportunities to prepare for the job you want.
  • Keep a record of your academic progress.
  • Understand you are ultimately responsible for creating your educational, life, and career plans.
  • Maintain honest and open communication with your advisor.
  • Take responsibility for choices you make as a student and member of the UW-Milwaukee community.

Scheduling an Appointment

Office of Student Services
Enderis Hall, Room 209
(414) 229-4721

Graduate Advising

If you are a School of Education graduate student, you may schedule an appointment with your faculty advisor by contacting your faculty advisor directly. Faculty contact information can be found in the People Directory. Your faculty advisor will be listed in your PAWS account.