If taking the program on a full-time basis, after completing the first three core courses in the Fall term, participants then undertake a two-semester practical project course in the Winter and Summer terms in some aspect of community economic development. This field project can be based within the participant’s present work or in a volunteer context.
The field project is an opportunity for the participant to address, in a participatory way, a specific challenge which she or he is passionate about, and which is also seen as important by the collaborating organization. Participants bring their strengths, experience, talents and learning goals to the particular challenge.
Participants are fully responsible for defining, finding and negotiating their field projects, with the support and assistance of the Graduate Diploma in CED program. Within the CED Project course, participants critically analyze their progress within their field project, as well as then submit a written report which summarizes and evaluates their project experience.