A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.
Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.
When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.
What is the refund policy?
Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Can I take the course for free?
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
The Specialization is composed of 3 courses and each course takes about 5 weeks to complete. Hence about 18 weeks are needed to finish the whole Specialization, if you want to take all courses in a row. However each course starts every 6 weeks, so you can freely choose when to take a course.
What background knowledge is necessary?
You do not need any specific background knowledge. The only thing you need is special interest, extraordinary passion and an enthusiastic motivation to start a social venture.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
Yes, the courses are structured by chronological order. Each course builds on the acquired knowledge form the previous learning outcomes. If you have a certain experience in the field of entrepreneurship and/or social enterprises you might be able to step in course 2 or 3 right away. However, there is highly valuable feedback and advice from experts, researchers and practitioners in all courses that you should not miss out.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
You will be either a founding member of a social entrepreneurship startup venture or ready to work as an employee of an existing social venture. You can also choose to become a board member or mentor for social entrepreneurship in your community or start interacting with Social Entrepreneurship in the public sector.
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