The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education targets full or part-time graduate students who may not have studied higher education through any formal degree program but wish to develop a deeper understanding of higher education. In particular doctoral students enrolled in other disciplines who plan to enter the academy as tenure track faculty members, as well as current administrative professionals who already possess an undergraduate degree and have 2-3 years full-time experience in higher education, may also benefit from this experience. Hours earned for the certificate may be applied to a degree program in higher education at the masters or doctoral levels. Hours earned in the masters or doctorate programs in higher education may not be used toward the certificate. Certificate Requirements are 15 credit hours.


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Learning Outcomes

  • The certificate comprises core skills necessary for individuals who seek employment at institutions of higher education.
  • The nature of the certificate allows students to tailor their course work based on their professional goals.
  • The proposed certificate will be housed in the Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education and thus, is connected most directly to the higher education program.


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Graduate Certificate in Higher Education


Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education

The Department of Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education delivers and provides instruction in innovative research that informs the educational process from early childhood through higher education. Our curriculum prepares graduates for leadership positions in diverse settings and roles, provides foundational support for programs across the university, and investigates educational policy to inform practice in P-12 through higher education.


College of Education

The College of Education creates an intellectual environment that promotes quality instruction, significant research, and professional service. With four unique departments, graduates receive the necessary tools and experiences to make an impact on local, national, and global scales.