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About DCD

The Diploma of Community Development is designed to provide students with a wide range of practical skills and knowledge that is needed to work effectively in the field. It is expected that Diploma level graduates will be able to operate with a degree of independence. Community development work may involve a wide range of styles of work that all contribute to the development of a community or group, such as public education, planning, health promotion, community consultation, advocacy, research, social policy development, organizing public campaigns, and so on. Community development is a useful practice for a wide range of occupations and work involvements and can be a profession/ area of work in its own right. Community development workers and officers are employed, for example, by community organizations, churches, Indigenous communities, the Central Government, Local Government authorities, and aid agencies whose work is mainly focused on welfare of communities. The perspective gained from the course can also be very helpful to people working in other professions or occupations such as health, education, youth work, community services, family support, local and regional planning, building design and engineering, who are working with disadvantaged, poor or marginalized groups and have an interest in building the capacity, organization and skills of local people.

Objective of DCD

The broad objective of this programme is to produce qualified community development workers/facilitators with exposure to development challenges. It is further designed to develop a cadre of community development workers with practical skills, appropriate attitudes and knowledge necessary for the promotion of efforts geared towards the attainment of holistic human development goals at micro, meso and macro levels.

Duration of the Programme

The diploma programme shall be of a minimum of four semesters or two academic years. Students will be required to take all the core courses and at least ONE elective course from each semester.


First Year

1st Semeter

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Gender
  • Introduction to Sustainable Community Development
  • Communication Skills
  • Information Technology
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Statistics

Elective Courses

  • Demography and Population Studies
  • Human Psychology and Counseling

2nd Semester

Core Courses

  • Introduction to Extension Education
  • Values of Community Development
  • Introduction to Sustainable Rural Development
  • Entrepreneurship and small Business Development Skills and management
  • Management of Community Development Programmes
  • Field Practical Training I

Elective Courses

  • Community Disaster Management
  • Adult Education and Development

Second Year

1st Semester

Core courses

  • HIV/AIDS and Sustainable Development
  • DPrinciples of Environmental Management
  • Participatory Research Methods
  • Introduction to Poverty Analysis
  • Human Rights, Advocacy and Lobbing
  • Basics of Financial Accounting

Elective Courses

  • Principles of Human Nutrition
  • Conflict Resolution and Management

2nd Semester

Core Courses

  • Project Planning and Management
  • Facilitation and Presentation Skills
  • Introduction to Communication and Diffusion of Innovation
  • Foundation of Faith and Professional Ethics
  • Field Practical Training II

Elective Courses

Basic Community Laws
Public Administration


The student’s admission requirements are based on the following conditions and categories:

Category A: Direct Entry (Form VI graduates)

Applicants eligible for direct admission to the Community Development diploma programme must have earned:

  • A Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (CSEE) with credit passes in three or more subjects, obtained prior to sitting for the Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education (ACSEE). AND
  • An Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education Examination (ACSEE) with at least one principle level passes and two subsidiaries from all disciplines of studies.

Category B: Equivalent Qualifications

Applicants eligible for equivalent admission to the Diploma in Community Development programme must either be a form four leaver, with at least three credits or five passes and attended a certificate course in Community Development or in related e.g. Rural Development, Agriculture Extension, Education, Social work etc. with an overall average of B from a recognised institution.

Category C: Mature Age Entry

  • Be 25 years of age or older in the year of application.
  • Have completed Form IV at least five years prior to the year of application.
  • Have worked for at least three years in related field (s) prior to the year of application and submit a letter of recommendation from the work place (Organization).