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

Course Number

Course Name

Course Description

Credits

Faculty

ORLD5054

Strategy Development as a Learning Process in Organizations

This course provides a comprehensive view of organizational strategy from a strategic learning perspective. Students study and apply various strategic learning practices and tools for facilitating strategic initiatives through learning interventions. Particular attention is paid to how one positions one’s function and self when advocating for strategic change.

3

Lyle Yorks

ORLJ5340

Basic Practicum in Conflict Resolution

This practicum provides experience in developing basic collaborative negotiation and mediation skills for interpersonal conflict in a variety of contexts. It is an experiential course and students will have the opportunity to develop more self-awareness and basic collaborative negotiation skills with supervised practice.

3

Beth Fisher-Yoshida 

ORLD5060

Learning and Technology in Organizations

This course responds to the complex and various dilemmas faced by many human resource managers and corporate executives regarding how to actually deal with the impact of technology on employee learning and management. Students will learn concepts and skills that will enable them to better understand the complex working environment and the relationship between the workforce and the organization

3

Arthur M. Langer

EDP4027

Education and Social Transformations: Elites and Inequalities in Transitional Economies

Drawing from several bodies of literature, this course explores critical bridges between education, on one hand, and the complex dynamics of the elite formation, corruption, and economic development, on the other hand. Students will examine the elite dynamics in crises or developing contexts; what role economics and education play in those contexts; and how education systems work to validate or delegitimize the old or new elite. Current events will be incorporated into discussions and presentations. Offered annually.

3

Amra Sabic-El-Rayess

 

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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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