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Graduate Certificate Procedures

The step-by-step process outlined here are The Graduate School procedures you must follow to obtain a College and University Teaching Graduate Certificate.

  1. Meet with advisor to discuss incorporating a graduate certificate into your graduate program. For additional guidance, contact Educational Studies Student Services
  2. Review curriculum requirements and create a plan using our curriculum sheet
  3. Electronically submit the graduate certificate application
  4. Successfully complete the graduate certificate curriculum requirements
  5. Submit the Graduate Certificate Transcript Designation to The Graduate School

All academic aspects of the graduate certificate are subject to approval by each participating graduate program. Listed below are the general criteria applicable to all graduate certificates. Students should consult the appropriate graduate studies committees for specific information regarding the graduate certificate in which they are enrolling.

General criteria for all graduate certificates – credit hours

Graduate certificate programs must consist of at least 12 credit hours. Students must achieve a cumulative graduate GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered for the awarding of a certificate. Only grades of “A” through “C-“ as well as “S” may be counted toward the completion of the certificate program. At least 50 percent of the credit hours required for the certificate must be unique to the certificate and cannot be used toward any other graduate program.

Graduate School Handbook, Section 8.3.4