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Graduate Certificate

Instructional Core Transformation For School Administrators

Instructional Core Transformation For School Administrators (UE INSCR GRC)

12 Credits

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE  •  12 CREDITS  •  UE INSCR GRC

This series provides students with techniques and strategies to develop an instructional core relevant to the improvement. The certificate explores ways of constructing strategic, curricular, and instructional plans essential for and common among improved performing urban school buildings, designing equitable and culturally responsive practices that lead to student engagement, student achievement, and physical and emotional well-being. Faculty and students summarize deconstructing the components of a standards-based curriculum designed for students to achieve mastery of essential grade-level skills and knowledge while meeting diverse learners' needs.

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Business Essentials For Urban School Administrators

Business Essentials For Urban School Administrators (UE BUSES GRC)

12 Credits

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE  •  12 CREDITS  •  UE BUSES GRC

This series provides students with strategies to develop business systems supporting urban environments. The certificate explores constructing systems, recognizing and solving complex school building issues and effectively communicating the solutions to staff and community stakeholders, and analyzing an urban school's performance management process, leadership development plans, and alignment of goals to outcomes for improved business management of urban school building operations, resources, and communications. Faculty and students summarize the essentials of performance management used to assess the performance of an individual school.

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Urban Education Leadership Principles

Urban Education Leadership Principles (UE LDPRN GRC)

12 Credits

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE  •  12 CREDITS  •  UE LDPRN GRC

This series provides multiple perspectives within urban education to cultivate critically conscious practitioners and explore the challenges faced by urban students, educators, community members, and policymakers. The certificate explores the foundational understanding of urban school leadership that examines the qualities of leadership, decision making, change, and values that an urban school leader needs for success. Faculty and students work together to analyze the beliefs, values, and philosophies that form the underpinnings of urban educational leadership and examine leadership qualities and the shift toward research-based best practices.

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Urban Educational Leadership

Urban Educational Leadership (URED LD GRC)

18 Credits

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE  •  18 CREDITS  •  URED LD GRC

The Certificate in Urban Educational Leadership (CUEL) is designed to prepare candidates to serve as high-performing transformative leaders within urban schools and districts. Created for candidates pursuing the principalship and supervisory positions, this certification is based on best practices, aligned to the national Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) as well as the Michigan Standards for the Preparation of Central Office and Building Administrators. The CUEL program will provide an invigorating learning experience that synergistically combines rigorous academic work with on-going practiced-based learning experiences. A significant emphasis is placed on real-world case studies and simulations that help candidates develop the skills, competencies, and mindsets necessary for successful educational leadership in an urban environment. Candidates will leverage their lived experience while exploring current research and best practices in the areas of leadership, curriculum, instruction and assessment, entrepreneurship, school law, human capital management, educational policy and related areas of study.
Principal Certification is available through the Michigan Elementary and Middle School Principals Association (MEMSPA).

Admission Checklist:
In order to qualify:
• Fill out the Davenport Application for Admission.
• Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree or above with a 3.0 GPA.
• Two (2) signed professional recommendation forms and one personal recommendation form are required.
• A current resume/CV must be submitted and it should include prior employment experience, educational background, and any organizational affiliations.
• Statement of purpose (refer to the statement of purpose form in the admission packet).
• Participate in an interview with the College of Urban Education (CUE) Admission Committee – to be scheduled by Davenport upon sub-mission of the completed application.

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Urban Education

Urban Education (URBN ED GRC)

22 Credits

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE  •  22 CREDITS  •  URBN ED GRC


The Certificate in Urban Education is an alternate route to the teacher certification program. This program awards candidates with a Certificate in Urban Education and an Interim Teaching Certificate in subject areas corresponding to passage of specific Michigan Teacher Test for Certification content area competency exams. This alternate route to the teacher certification program allows individuals to teach in Michigan schools while fulfilling credential requirements. Candidates are paired with a master teacher within their assigned school. College of Urban Education faculty members provide candidates weekly feedback through assessments evaluating teacher practice. Current teachers can add endorsements to their existing teaching certificate by passing the Michigan Teacher Test for Certification in desired content areas and completion of the Graduate Certificate in Urban Education Program. Credit from the certificate program can be transferred and utilized toward completion of the Master of Urban Education Degree.

Admission Checklist:
•   A completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or approved international institution with a required overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 scale).*
•   An official copy of the Score Report indicating passing scores for the MTTC Subject Area Exam.
•   A Criminal History Authorization form and Fingerprinting done at a GRPS Authorized Fingerprinting Location (see your admission representative for details).
•   A completed Certificate in Urban Education Packet including a curriculum vitae, statement of purpose, and two (2) letters of recommendation on required forms.
•   Participate in an interview with the College of Urban Education (CUE) Admission Committee – to be scheduled by Davenport upon submission of the completed application.


*Participants have a cohort grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent on another scale, as determined by the Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction, upon earning the degree required under MCL 380.1531i(2)(b). If a cohort member has earned more than 1 degree, the highest grade point average earned by the cohort member must be used in calculating the cohort grade point average under this subparagraph.

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Predictive Analytics and Data Visualization

Predictive Analytics and Data Visualization (PREDVIL GRC)

12 Credits

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE  •  12 CREDITS  •  PREDVIL GRC

Data Analytics analyzes vast databases that must be examined using complex algorithms and artificial intelligence to identify previously unidentified useful sets of relationships and trends. The Predictive Analytics and Data Visualization Graduate Certificate is offered online and prepares individuals to build predictive and forecasting models, generate data visualization products, and build data dashboards and automated reports. The Graduate Certificate uses industry standard software in practical applications directly related to current trends and issues that impact organizations across a broad spectrum. Course progression and content is carefully formulated to build competency in predictive modeling, forecasting and data visualization for students from a broad range of disciplines and experiences, including those who are new to the field.  Credit from this certificate program can be transferred to the Master of Science in Data Analytics Degree program.

DATA courses are only offered in a 15-week online format.

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Data Mining and Visualization

Data Mining and Visualization (DATAVIL GRC)

12 Credits

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE • 12 CREDITS • DATAVIL GRC

Data Analytics analyzes vast databases that must be examined using complex algorithms and artificial intelligence to identify previously unidentified useful sets of relationships and trends.  The Data Mining and Visualization Graduate Certificate is offered online and prepares individuals to conduct data mining projects, generate data visualization products, and build data dashboards and automated reports. The concentration uses industry standard software in practical applications directly related to current trends and issues that impact organizations across a broad spectrum. Course progression and content is carefully formulated to build competency in data mining and visualization for students from a broad range of disciplines and experiences, including those who are new to the field.  Credit from this certificate program can be transferred to the Master of Science in Data Analytics Degree program.

DATA courses are only offered in a 15-week online format.

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Data Analytics

Data Analytics (DATALTIC GRC)

12 Credits

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE  •  12 CREDITS  •  DATALTIC GRC

Data Analytics is used to analyze vast databases that must be examined using complex algorithms and artificial intelligence to identify previously unidentified useful sets of relationships and trends. All aspects of the business and medical communities, as well as government agencies and non-profit organizations rely on data analytics, yet are hampered by a growing shortage of data analysts. Davenport’s 12 credit Graduate Certificate in Data Analytics responds to this need by preparing individuals to conduct data mining projects, generate data visualization products, and build data dashboards and automated reports. Using industry standard software, graduates get hands-on experience in practical applications directly related to current trends and issues that impact organizations across a broad spectrum. Credit from the certificate program can be transferred to the Master of Science in Data Analytics Degree program. Courses for are offered online in 15 week format with two courses completed per semester.

DATA courses are only offered in a 15-week online format.

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Health Care Management

Health Care Management (HC MGMT GRC)

12-15 Credits

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE  • 12-15 CREDITS  • HC MGMT GRC

The Health Care Management Graduate Certificate serves health care providers as well as individuals who are involved in the management and reimbursement of health care services. Individuals who desire to enter the health care management field will also benefit from this program.

Graduate Certificates provide students with the opportunity to deepen their skills in a particular subject. They may be completed at any time while taking Master's degree provided the prerequisites are met, or the certificate may be completed as a stand-alone. 

The credit for a single course cannot be applied to more than one degree or certificate; a course substitution must be approved by the Department Chair. 

Prerequisite: HCMG630 Health Care Organizations (3 cr) is a required prerequisite that must be completed prior to taking the following courses in the Graduate Certificate in Health Care Management.

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Strategic Management

Strategic Management (STRATMGT GRC)

12-18 Credits

STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT GRADUATE CERTIFICATE      • 12 CREDITS      • STRATMGT GRC

Graduate Certificates provide students with the opportunity to deepen their skills in a particular subject. They may be completed at any time while taking Master of Business Administration courses provided the prerequisites are met, or may be completed as a stand-alone certificate.

The credit for a single course cannot be applied to more than one degree or certificate; any exceptions or variations must be approved by the MBA/MM exceptions committee.

Prerequisites: The following prerequisite courses are required and must be completed before taking the major courses for the Graduate Certificate in Strategic Management:
•    BUSN688 Quantitative Business Analysis (3 cr)
•    MGMT653 Leading Organizations (3 cr)

*Students who completed GPMT499 and/or MGMT399 at the undergraduate level are not eligible to complete GPMT699 and/or MGMT699 and may not use either undergraduate class as a substitute for GPMT699 or MGMT699.

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