Welcome to the School of Community Leadership and Development (SCLD)

We prepare our students for lives of active citizenship so they can contribute to their local, regional, national, and global communities. We ensure they obtain professional careers in their interest areas such as government, nonprofit and health care organizations.

This program is your primary source for community and public service education! We provide an innovative and professional curriculum with dedicated and inspired teaching, scholarship, and service to the community. We are committed to developing ethical judgment and critical thinking in our students so they can lead as effective managers and community innovators.

Our faculty members are engaged in the community and work in the world they teach. These professors encourage a collaborative culture, working together to meet the needs of their students.

Undergraduate Grads employed, attending graduate school, or both.
SCLD Inspires
Graduates report high levels of job satisfaction.
One of "America's Best College Buys" 25 years in a row.
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Program Offerings

GVLakerEffect - Caylie Peet, HTM Alumna, talks about her GVSU experience.

A GVSU Health Administration graduate student downtown.

“I feel that there's that connection I have with the faculty here because they have real life experiences. I see them out in the field getting that experience and then bringing it to the classroom.”

- Suzanne Blake, Master of Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership graduate

About the College of Education and Community Innovation

The College of Education and Community Innovation (CECI) creates a dynamic learning environment for our students and empowers our community partners with quality research and data. Our accomplished faculty offers a wide range of expertise, including K-12 education, post-secondary education, health administration, hospitality and tourism management, human welfare, nonprofit management, public service, philanthropy, and social justice. Learn more about CECI at GVSU.

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