Certificate Programs

Undergraduate certificates are designed to recognize thematically organized learning and thereby to add value to students’ traditional degrees and programs. Certificates shall typically be nine or more credit hours of coursework. The coursework may be outside of a major or minor program, or the coursework may partially fulfill requirements of a major, a minor, or the General Education program. The certificate curriculum can be either within a single academic discipline or interdisciplinary. All classes leading to a certificate must be taken for credit.

There are two types of certificates, workforce certificates and academic focus certificates.

Workforce certificates provide students the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions appropriate for immediate application in a specified type of employment. Workforce certificates can be completed while completing an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, or they may be earned by students not intending to complete a degree. Workforce certificates are transcripted.

Academic focus certificates provide students a thematically unified set of courses within an area of major study, or crossing boundaries between and among majors, or outside of majors. Their primary value lies in recognizing students for this focused study, even though the program of study is less than a major in scope.  Academic focus certificates are not transcripted; record-keeping and the awarding of the certificates is the responsibility of the sponsoring academic department.

The process for approval of workforce certificates shall follow the prescribed workflow for new minors or concentrations.  Origination shall be at the department level, with approvals from the chair, dean and Assistant Provost.  The Academic Affairs Committee of Faculty Senate shall be informed of new certificates from the Assistant Provost.

College of Arts and Sciences

Communication Studies
General Communication (Speech) Certificate -- contact: Dr. Scott Robson
Public Relations Certificate -- contact: Dr. Scott Robson
Advertising Certificate -- contact: Dr. Scott Robson
Organizational Communication Certificate -- contact: Dr. Scott Robson

Geosciences
GIS User Certificate -- contact: Dr. Richard Lisichenko
GIS User Certificate via Virtual College -- contact: Dr. Richard Lisichenko
Museum Studies Certificate -- contact Geosciences

History
Public History Certificate -- contact: Dr. Juti Winchester

Justice Studies
All Justice Studies Certificates -- contact: Dr. John Raacke
Corrections Certificate
Justice Networking Certificate (offered in conjunction with Department of Informatics)
Law and the Courts Certificate
Law Enforcement Certificate
Victim Advocacy Certificate

Leadership Studies
Global Leadership Certificate -- contact: Dr. Jill Arensdorf
Leadership Studies Certificate -- contact: Dr. Jill Arensdorf

Modern Languages
German Certificate -- contact Modern Languages
Spanish Certificate -- contact Modern Languages

Philosophy
General Philosophy Certificate -- contact: Dr. Gene Rice
Moral and Political Philosophy Certificate -- contact: Dr. Gene Rice
Philosophy of Religion Certificate -- contact: Dr. Gene Rice  

Political Science
All Political Science Certificates -- contact: Dr. Shala Mills
International Studies Certificate
Paralegal Certificate
Political Management Certificate
Political Theory Certificate
Pre-law Certificate
Public Administration Certificate

Psychology
Behavioral Health Technician Certificate -- contact: Dr. Leo Herrman or Ms. Lorna Hill
Case Management Certificate -- contact: Dr. Leo Herrman or Ms. Lorna Hill

Sociology and Social Work
Community Development Certificate -- contact: Mr. Mike Walker
Cultural Anthropology and Globalization Certificate -- contact: Dr. Pelgy Vaz
Grant Proposal Writing and Program Evaluation Certificate -- contact: Dr. Keith Campbell
Life Stages and Transitions Certificate -- contact: Ms. Rose Arnhold
Social Entrepreneurship Certificate -- contact: Dr. Keith Campbell
Sociology of Medicine and Aging Certificate -- contact: Dr. Pelgy Vaz
Women's and Gender Studies Certificate -- contact: Dr. Kathryn McGonigal

Other
Sustainability Certificate - contact Ms. Andree Brison

College of Business and Entrepreneurship

Economics, Finance and Accounting
Accounting Certificate -- contact Mr. Cole Engel

Informatics
All Informatics Certificates -- contact: Mr. Stephen Schleicher
Business Information Systems Certificate
E-Commerce Web Development Certificate
Information Networking for Criminal Justice Certificate
Internetworking Certificate
Web Development Certificate

Management and Marketing
All Management and Marketing Certificates -- contact: Ms. Cindy Huser
Business Law Certificate
Customer Service Certificate
Human Resource Management Certificate (Undergraduate and Graduate Level)
Management Certificate
Marketing Certificate
Operations Management Certificate
Tourism and Hospitality Management Certificate
Tourism and Hospitality Marketing Certificate
Tourism and Hospitality Leadership Certificate (Undergraduate and Graduate Level)

College of Education and Technology

Advanced Education Programs
Online Teaching Certificate (Fall 2014) -- contact Dr. Suzanne Becking

Institute of Applied Technology
All Institute of Applied Technology Certificates -- contact: Mr. Kim Stewart
Architectural Technology Certificate
Cabinetmaking Technology Certificate
Construction Management Certificate
Drafting/Design Technology Certificate
Manufacturing Technology Certificate
STEM Technology Certificate (Fall 2014)

Teacher Education
All Teacher Education Certificates -- contact: Dr. Adam Holden
Online Teaching Certificate (Fall 2014)
Paraprofessional firstSTEP Certificate
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports Certificate

College of Health and Life Sciences

Allied Health
All Allied Health Certificates -- contact: Ms. Christa Weigel
Cardiovascular Interventional Technology Certificate
Computed Tomography Certificate
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Certificate
Women's Imaging Certificate

Health and Human Performance
All Health and Human Performance Certificates -- contact: Mr. Glen McNeil
Consumer Health Certificate
Community Health Certificate
Healthy Aging Certificate
Community Health Promotion Certificate
Coaching Certificate (available on-campus only)

Nursing
Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate -- contact: Dr. Jenny Manry
Nursing Administration Certificate -- contact: Dr. Christine Hober
Nursing Education Certificate -- contact: Dr. Christine Hober  

Corporate Certificates


Department of Informatics
The Department of Informatics offers coursework that provides the knowledge and skills needed to obtain Microsoft, Novell, and Oracle certification for relational database development/programming and computer networking technologies. All courses applied toward certificates must be taken for credit. Contact the department chair for a listing of courses for a specific certificate.

The Department of Informatics also offers five 3-hour courses that allow students to accumulate the knowledge and skills needed to obtain the Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) certification. All courses applied toward the certificate must be taken for credit. Students obtaining any degree from the university may complete the certification courses as free electives.

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science
The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science offers a wide range of Microsoft curricula that provides the knowledge and skills required to obtain Microsoft certifications in applications, networking, and programming. All courses applied toward certificates must be taken for credit. Contact the department chair for a listing of courses for a specific certificate.