Graduate Certificates

We offer several Graduate Certificates (GC) as post-bachelor’s and post-master’s graduate credentials. Our graduate certificates require 18-22 semester hours. No transfer coursework is allowed into Graduate Certificates.

Our GC in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies requires a master’s degree for admission. It’s ideal for professional educators with master’s degrees in any field seeking to become school leaders. Requires 22 semester hours.

Our GC in Human Resource Management requires a bachelor’s degree or higher for admission. It’s ideal for professionals preparing for a career switch to the HR field and for HR professionals with master’s degrees in other fields to increase expertise in HR management. Requires 18 semester hours.

Our GC in Nonprofit Studies requires a bachelor’s degree or higher for admission. It’s ideal for professionals seeking to work in nonprofit or nongovernmental organizations, and for nonprofit professionals seeking to increase their expertise in nonprofit management and development. Requires 18 semester hours.

  • Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

    GC-ELPS Program of Study

    An earned graduate degree is required for admission.

    Total: 22 semester hours

    Core

    15 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses.

    • EDUC 601U Foundations of Educational Leadership Studies
    • EDUC 602U Data for Decision-Making
    • EDUC 603U Leading and Supervising Instruction
    • EDUC 604U Communicating and Leading
    • EDUC 605U School Law and Ethics

    Field Experience

    7 semester hours. All candidates must complete at least 320 hours of practicum outside the classroom to qualify for the endorsement. Each Core course requires 30 hours of practicum; the remaining 170 hours is completed through the Reflective Leadership Seminar residency program. All candidates must complete the practicum courses.

    • EDUC 610U Reflective Leadership Seminar I
    • EDUC 611U Reflective Leadership Seminar II

    Capstone Experience

    All candidates must complete a Comprehensive Written Examination.

  • Human Resource Management

    GC-HRM Program of Study

    Total: 18 semester hours

    Required

    15 semester hours

    • HRM 531U Human Resource Management
    • HRM 532U Legal Issues in Human Resource Management
    • HRM 534U Strategic Human Resource Development
    • HRM 635U Managing Compensation and Benefits
    • HRM 657U HRM in the Global Environment

    Elective

    3 semester hours. Select from among 500- and 600-level HRM courses not required for the certificate, including PSYC 530U and ECON 507U.

  • Nonprofit Studies

    GC-NPS Program of Study

    Total: 18 semester hours

    Required

    15 semester hours

    • NPS 501U Understanding the Nonprofit Sector
    • NPS 520U Financial Management and Budget Development
    • NPS 530U Law, Ethics and Governance
    • NPS 540U Resource Development and Promotion
    • NPS 550U Strategic Human Resource Management

    Elective

    3 semester hours. Select 1 additional graduate-level Nonprofit Studies (NPS) course or another graduate-level course with approval from the chair.