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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Advising Graduate Certificate

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This certificate is offered through the Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs  graduate program and is available through distance education only. Professionals who are entering the field of academic advising from teaching positions or other academic and student services areas often wish to expand their knowledge about college student personnel services, including learning theory, student development theory, multicultural issues, career development, and academic advising. Even advisors with terminal degrees or graduate degrees in other areas can benefit from some graduate work in this area. Therefore, the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs, in collaboration with the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), developed a graduate certificate in academic advising. The 15-credit hour program is consistent with standards and guidelines for academic advising specified by the Council for the Advancement of Standards (CAS) in Student Services. The courses within the certificate program contribute to the student’s understanding and practice of these standards and guidelines, including the areas of mission, program, leadership, organization and management, human resources, financial resources, facilities and equipment, legal responsibilities, equal opportunity and access, campus and community relations, diversity, ethics, and assessment. The courses are delivered exclusively in an on-line format.

Students seeking this certificate must submit a Graduate School application indicating the field of study will be the Academic Advising graduate certificate program. This is a separate application from the one for admission into a master’s degree. In addition to the Graduate School application, applicants need to submit the following:

  • An official transcript for the bachelor’s degree and for any subsequent undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • A statement of objectives explaining the goals and purposes for seeking this graduate certificate.
  • A resume.

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