University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
 

CLD
GRADUATE
PROGRAM

M.S. in
Community and Leadership
Development 

 

Major Description:

Faculty members in the Department of Community and Leadership Development (CLD) come from backgrounds in: Rural Sociology, Community Development, Community Communications, Leadership Development and Agricultural Education. Teaching, research and engagement within the department reflect commitments to the creative integration of these disciplines and to the broad set of professional experiences faculty are engaged in (e.g., in-school teaching, non-formal education, conflict resolution, strategic planning, sustainable development, youth-at-risk programming, leadership development, civic involvement, volunteer management, entrepreneurial development, rural and urban social science inquiry and community development.

The Master’s degree preparation in CLD draws from the program’s interdisciplinary base and range of engaged experiences to support the growth of knowledgeable, skillful, and creative leaders. Graduates are therefore prepared to address the needs and concerns of communities of place, of interest (e.g., non-profit organizations) and of practice (e.g., schools and advocacy organizations). Coursework and training are grounded in the philosophical foundations of leadership, community, community communication, social science inquiry and formal and non-formal educational scholarship and practice.

The program is organized around a strong experiential education, learner-centered core, designed to be practical, engaging and thought provoking. Through the selection of enrichment areas that draw upon courses from across the university, students have considerable flexibility in planning a program that will meet their individual professional goals.

 

Program Requirements:

The CLD Graduate Program is organized around a strong experiential education, learner-centered core, designed to be practical, engaging and thought provoking. Through the selection of enrichment areas that draw upon courses from across the university, students have considerable flexibility in planning a program that will meet their individual professional goals.

Core Curriculum:
• CLD 620 - Graduate Study in CLD 1 hr.
• CLD 686 – Research Design 3 hrs.
• CLD 684 – Statistical Analysis in CLD or
Qualitative Research Methods course 3 hrs.
• CLD 630 – Individual and Group Dynamics 3 hrs.
• CLD 610 – Experiential Education: Process and
Practice
or CLD 670 - Community Engagement 3 hrs.
• One of the following:
- CLD 671 – Advanced Methods of Teaching
- CLD 685 – Advanced Community Development
Theory and Practice
- CLD 675 – Theoretical Foundations of
Communication and Community
- CLD 660 Advanced Leadership Theory
and Practice 3 hrs.
• CLD 768 - Thesis or
• CLD 758 - Creative Component (Non-Thesis Option) 3 hrs.
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Required courses: 19 hrs.
Minimum 11 hrs. of elective courses: 30 hrs. Total

Sample of Enrichment Areas:

• Community Development
• Leadership Development
• Community Communication
• Non-formal and Formal Education
• Agricultural Education and other
Agricultural areas of interest
(with a social science emphasis –
e.g., horticulture's role in urban gardening)
• Rural Studies (e.g., Appalachian Studies
and Black Belt Studies)
• Urban Planning/Design

 

 
 
 

Curriculum:

 
 
 

Advising

The Director of Graduate Studies is:

Dr. Rosalind Harris
705 Garrigus Building
859-257-7584
rharrisCLD.DGS@gmail.com

 

Education Abroad

University-wide Education Abroad experiences abound. The scholarship program is also strong. Many students who would not consider the option due to the expense may be surprised to find how much aid they could receive. A second consideration is National Student Exchange (NSE). This program allows a student to attend another university within the United States for the cost of paying UK’s tuition. Notably, room and board may vary a little, but it’s a cost effective alternative for those who are unable to participate in education abroad, but wish to explore a new area. Two links are below. The first is UK’s NSE website. It is inclusive; however, for additional information. the official NSE website: Education Abroad has been included:

http://www.uky.edu/international/educationabroad/

National Student Exchange:
http://www.nse.org/
UK National Student Exchange: http://www.uky.edu/US/nse.html
 

 

Scholarships

Several scholarship opportunities exist. The College of Agriculture (COA) Academic Programs Scholarship site. This link includes information on the College-wide 650,000 scholarship program, UK Academic Scholarships, Financial Aid Office, Academic Common Market, KEES Scholarship Information, UK Legacy Tuition Program, Multicultural Affairs/Diversity Scholarships, and Residency Requirements for instate tuition. Although the UK Academic Scholarship website is linked from the COA scholarship page I think it would be remiss not to include UK Academic Scholarships as its own link. Further, it is suggested to explore Fastweb. This is a reputable site that offers a scholarship search engine. Finally, a section linking to outside scholarships that pertain specifically to students in Community and Leadership Development (CLD) and Agricultural Education (AED).


Check these links for scholarships:

College of Agriculture Academic Programs: http://academics.ca.uky.edu/scholarships

Fastweb:
http://www.fastweb.com/

UK Academic Scholarships:
http://www.uky.edu/financialaid/scholarships


KHEAA Teacher Scholarship Program:
https://www.kheaa.com/website/kheaa/teacher?main=11

Women Leading Kentucky Scholarships:
http://womenleadingky.com/scholarships/

 

Financial Aid:

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA):
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/

UK Financial Aid:
http://www.uky.edu/financialaid/

 
   

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