Graduate Certificates

These graduate certificates require either an earned bachelor’s degree (HR Management, Nonprofit Studies, Public History and Teacher Licensure Preparation) or an earned master’s degree (Educational Leadership & Policy Studies).

  • Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

    GC-ELPS Program of Study

    An earned graduate degree is required for admission.

    Total: 22 semester hours


    15 semester hours. All candidates must complete the following courses. Each course includes a 30-hour practicum.

    • EDUC 601U Foundations of Educational Leadership Studies
    • EDUC 602U Data for Decision-Making
    • EDUC 603U Leading and Supervising Instruction
    • EDUC 605U School Law and Policy for Ethical Leadership
    • EDUC 606U Organizational Operations in Human Resource and Fiscal Leadership

    Field Experience

    7 semester hours. Includes 170 hour practicum hours.

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

    Capstone Experience

    All candidates must complete a Comprehensive Written Examination.

  • Teacher Licensure Preparation

    TLP Program of Study

    Total: 35-41 semester hours

    Professional Studies - All Candidates

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

    • EDUC 517U Foundations of Education
    • EDUC 518U Diverse Learners and Human Growth and Development
    • EDUC 538UTechnology-Enhanced 21st Century Teaching and Learning
    • EDUC 558U Classroom and Behavior Management
    • EDUC 584U Pre-Internship Workshop Series

    Professional Studies—Elementary

    15 semester hours. Elementary candidates only.

    • EDUC 507U Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Science
    • EDUC 508U Instruction and Assessment in Elementary Social Studies
    • EDUC 524U Reading Foundations for Early Literacy Instruction
    • EDUC 526U Assessment, Intervention and Literacy Strategies for Elementary Readers
    • EDUC 527U Content and Pedagogy for Elementary Mathematics

    Professional Studies—Secondary & Comprehensive

    9 semester hours. Secondary and comprehensive candidates only.

    • EDUC 542U Teaching and Learning in Secondary Classrooms
    • EDUC 543U Assessment and Evaluation in Education
    • EDUC 550U Content Area Literacy

    Clinical Experience

    14 semester hours

    • EDUC 575U Teaching Internship (12 sem. hrs.)
    • EDUC 585U Capstone Seminar (2 sem. hrs.)
  • Human Resource Management

    GC-HRM Program of Study

    Total: 18 semester hours


    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


    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


    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


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

  • Public History

    Graduate Certificate in Public History


    18 semester hours

    MLA 500U Methods and Themes in Liberal Studies
    PHIS 521U Introduction to Public History
    PHIS 522U Managing Public History Organizations
    PHIS 523U Management of Historical Collections
    PHIS 524U Marketing the Past: Methods of Historical Interpretation and Communication
    PHIS 575U Capstone Course

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