The focus of this program is the preparation of professionals for leadership positions in nonprofit organizations.
Total Credit Hours: 30
EDLS 690 Principles of Leadership (3)
Emphasizes the study of leadership theories as they relate to PK-12 education, higher education, athletics, and any professional environment. Students review current literature on leadership, analyze their own leadership style, and work to expand their capacity to lead through knowledge, skills, and attitudes. Communication skills, team building, and conflict management is emphasized. Additional focus is placed on developing leaders in a professional environment.
LS 600 History and Foundation of Nonprofits and Management (3)
This course is intended to prepare students for management roles in the nonprofit sector by helping them gain an understanding of nonprofits in America. As such it will explore the development, history and nature of the sector, major issues it is facing, governance structures of nonprofit organizations, basic management and operating strategies. This course is focused on the integration of theory with practice.
LS 604 Strategic Communications and Public Relations (3)
This course is intended to examine the fundamental role of communications and public relations. Students will learn to craft messages and communications materials for key constituencies and stakeholders. Students will learn about implementing tactics including public relations and advertising.
LS 606 Change and Organizing in the Community (3)
This course will be exposed to a variety of change models and their inherent assumptions including but not limited to: revolution, labor, civic rights, and environmental movements of social change. Participants will conduct a community analysis for their nonprofit or for another nonprofit.
LS 608 Nonprofit Finance (3)
This course will prepare students to oversee the financial management of nonprofit organizations by focusing on five areas: financial policies and internal controls; financial statement presentation and analysis; revenues, expenses, liabilities, and cash management; budgeting; audit and tax reporting.
LS 610 Leadership Research, Evaluation, and Analytics (3)
This course prepares students to undertake the research, design and evaluation process employed in nonprofit organizations. Students will learn the fundamentals of 1) assessing community needs, 2) using theory to guide program design, 3) identifying and evaluating research literature that supports program development, 4) designing evaluation studies, and 5) modifying services based on evaluation results.
LS 612 Leading in a Digital Environment (3)
This course is intended to explore the use of technology to enhance the transparency and performance of organizations. It will also focus on the role of social media in engaging stakeholders in organizational priorities.
LS 614 Leading Boards and Staff (3)
This course intends to prepare students to develop and manage boards of directors of nonprofits, as well as human resources. Topics include legal and operating definitions, the purpose, function, role and appropriate board structures; supporting systems; how to assemble a board of directors; how to build positive board/staff relationships; how to coordinate the work of a board; how to prepare and manage board information flow; how to evaluate board effectiveness; and how to develop human resource management.
LS 616 Fundraising and Grant Writing (3)
This course is intended to examine the fundamental role of fundraising and grant writing. Students will learn to develop support from individual donors and institutional funders (foundations, corporations, government agencies), and gain knowledge of common fundraising cycles and philanthropy programs. The course will also cover the cultivation and solicitation of individuals, the role of boards in fundraising, grant writing, and special events. Throughout the course, there will be discussions on ethical issues, technical tools and skills and the management of the fundraising department within an organization.
LS 690 Capstone: Strategic Planning and Leadership (3)
This course will focus on methods of identifying strategic questions and directions for nonprofit organizations by taking students through planning processes with client organizations.