Workforce Development CERT

Advanced Certificate in Workforce Development

For professionals interested in hiring and developing diverse talent.


In collaboration with Workforce Opportunity Services and Teachers College, the Workforce Education & Development (WED) Advanced Certificate was created to address the human capital challenges of growing unemployment for underserved or socially excluded populations.

The WED program is designed for working professionals in human resources, non-profits, higher education, and other institutions who would like to make an impact on not only hiring, but developing diverse talent.

Based on over 10-years of research-based experiences, the one-year hybrid cohort degree program will develop capabilities in strategic advocacy, negotiation, policy and practices, and technology-intensive learning oriented toward workforce innovation.

Participants will create actionable knowledge and improve their capacity to improve workforce development operations.

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Our program objectives will help graduates:

  • Design relevant workforce and education training strategies
  • Utilize digital technology and tools to improve assimilation of underserved and socially excluded adults
  • Develop better negotiation skills to improve the upward mobility of workers from diverse background
  • Create assessment programs to determine workplace success
  • Use innovative communications to improve support services
  • Evaluate public policy surrounding workforce development programs

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Admissions Information

Advanced Certificate

  • Points/Credits: 12
  • Entry Terms: Fall/Spring

Application Deadlines

  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer/Fall (Priority): Rolling
  • Summer/Fall (Final): Rolling

Supplemental Application Requirements/Comments

  • Resume
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation

Requirements from the TC Catalog

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The Adult Learning and Leadership program at Teachers College will launch a new 12 credit, non-degree, New York State approved Advanced Certificate designed for working professionals in human resources, non-profits, higher education, and other institutions seeking to make an impact on developing diverse talent. The program was created to address the human capital challenges of growing unemployment for underserved or socially excluded populations.

Based on over 10-years of research-based experiences, the one-year hybrid cohort degree program will develop capabilities in strategic advocacy, negotiation, policy and practices, and technology-intensive learning oriented toward workforce innovation.

Participants will create actionable knowledge and improve their capacity to rethink and enhance their workforce development initiatives.

Program objectives will help graduates:

  • Design relevant workforce and education training strategies
  • Utilize digital technology and tools to improve assimilation of underserved and socially excluded adults
  • Develop better negotiation skills to improve the upward mobility of workers from diverse background
  • Create assessment programs to determine workplace success
  • Use innovative communications to improve support services
  • Evaluate public policy surrounding workforce development programs

Four courses will be taken over two semesters—two courses in the Fall and two courses in the Spring. They will be taught in a hybrid format. Each course will meet in four face-to-face intensive sessions per semester as well as participate in asynchronous online coursework. These courses include:

  • ORLD 5054 Strategy development as a learning process in organizations
  • ORLJ 5340 Adaptive negotiation & conflict resolution
  • ORLD 5060 Learning and technology in organizations
  • EDP 4027 Education and social transformations; elites and inequalities in transitional economies

Participants will apply what they learn throughout the year by participating in group-based projects centered on common interests. Participants will choose projects and form groups based on the challenges and opportunities they wish to address in their current work roles and settings. Through learning by doing—and discussion with others of what is found—participants will create actionable knowledge and build their capacity to improve workforce development operations. Participants will develop a portfolio of work that forms the basis for presentation of findings at conferences or through publications or other means of sharing new knowledge.

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