The Askew School offers graduate certificate programs for students who wish to gain greater knowledge but are not seeking a degree. The certificates are not required in our degree programs but they may be taken by students in our degree programs in order to pursue these specific areas further. Our certificates offer opportunities to obtain advanced knowledge in the following areas: public financial management, emergency management, and local government management. The certificates are issued directly by the School.
Some students who do not qualify for regular admission to the graduate school take courses as special students to demonstrate their ability to do graduate work. Success as a special student cannot guarantee subsequent admission as the School is limited in the number of students it can admit who do not fully qualify for regular admission. Special students may transfer 12 semester hours of credits earned as a special student toward a graduate degree.
Admission to the graduate school is not required. Students may obtain the graduate certificates as "special students," those with bachelor degrees who take graduate courses without seeking to be admitted to graduate standing.
General Public Administration Certificate
This certificate is an executive development program. It is designed for students who hold a bachelors degree, and possibly a graduate degree in another field, who want to study some aspects of our field but not pursue an MPA degree. Three courses (9 hours) must be from the MPA core courses. The other courses may be chosen from any offerings of the school and one course may be taken from outside the school, if approved.
Topics covered in this program conform to those recommended by the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management of the American Society for Public Administration. Topics include budgeting, some basics of government accounting and auditing, financial management, financial decision making, and public finance.
PAD 5227 Managing Financial Resources
PAD 6207 Financial Resources Administration
PAD 6226 Budgeting Simulation and Issues
Related Electives (other courses may be approved on request)
PAD 5041 Public Service Ethics
PAD 5327 Public Program Evaluation
PAD 5859 Managing Public Procurement
PAD 5xxx Health Care Finance (temporarily offered as PAD5935)
COM 5450 Introduction to Project Management (or)
ISM 5315 Project Management (& more advanced project management courses)
Prerequisite: ACG 4201.
ECO 5505 Public Finance
EDH 6505 Finance in Higher Education
URP 5540 State and Local Economic Development
URP 5731 The Planning of Community Infrastructure
URP 5540 State and Local Economic Development
SOW 5376 Budgeting and Finances in Social Services
SOW 5455 Grant Writing and Grant Management
PAD 5376 Intro to Terrorism*
PAD 5377 Advanced Topics in Terrorism (pre-req: Intro to Terrorism)
PAD 5845 Public Health and Emergency Management
PAD 5373 Emergency Management Leadership & Communications
GEO 5345 Disaster Preparedness and Hazards Mitigation
GEO 5146 Geographic Information Processing & Systems
GLY 5886 Geologic Hazards Assessment
URP 5429 Planning for and Mitigating Global Climate Change
PAD 5378 Disaster Systems
PAD 5835 International Comparative Emergency Management
PAD 5895 Homeland Security
Certificate in Florida City and County Management
The Askew School is proud to have been selected by the Florida City and County Management Association and other local government associations to be host of the Center for Florida Local Government Excellence. In doing this we offer the Certificate in Florida City and County Management to students across the state. Completing the following four courses will qualify for receipt of the certificate:
PAD 5xxx Local Government Administration
[temporarily being taught as PAD 5 935]
PAD 5826 Intergovernmental Management and Relations
PAD 6136 Seminar in Management Studies in Government
PAD 6300 Governmental Administration in Florida
Certificate in Civic and Nonprofit Leadership
(18 credits) Advising Form
Nonprofit organizations are growing in number and importance in local, national and international settings. This growth creates a demand for skills in managing these organizations, as well as for organizing civic activities. The Askew School created this certificate to address the needs of both degree-seeking students and non-matriculated practitioners in the local nonprofit community who want to broaden their management skills. Prospective students should consult with one of the nonprofit faculty advisors to outline a program of study before they begin the certificate program.
Certificate Required Courses
These two (2) courses and the capstone essay are required:
PAD 5142 Managing the Nonprofit Organization
PAD 5174 The Independent Sector
At the culmination of the program of study the student prepares a capstone essay that combines knowledge gained through the program and the studentís unique topical interests is to be prepared The essay can be accomplished in one of three ways, and the student should consult with the advisor about which form the essay should take.
Certificate Optional Elective Courses Select two (2):
PAD 5208 Budget and Finance in Nonprofit Organizations
PAD 5335 Strategic Leadership for Communities
PAD 5206 Fundraising and Fund Development
PAD 5946 Public Service Internship*
Certificate Recommended Electives
In consultation with the advisor the student selects two (2) additional courses from an approved list of courses in public administration, social work, urban and regional planning, and other departments.
Students must fill out the advising form, obtain the adviser's approval, and turn it in to Velda Williams (Bellamy 624) for certificate approval.