Graduate Certificates& teacher endorsements

Admission Requirements

Certificate programs are a great option if you are seeking education in a specialized area or want to gain a new credential in a short-term time frame. The certificate programs offered at the University Center are post-baccalaureate, which means you must have completed a bachelor’s degree to join the certificate program. Many of the certificate programs can also be applied to a master’s degree if you choose to continue your education.

 

Admission requirements vary by university and major but may require some or all of the following:
 

 

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

  • Minimum GPA for prior credits

  • Statement of objectives and goals

GRADUATE Certificates & TEACHER Endorsements

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Business Management for Engineers, Certificate
Certificate
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Engineering
Online

This certificate will provide students with the tools necessary in proposing and managing initiatives and evaluating technology innovation from a business standpoint. These courses are applicable to students who are/want to be entrepreneurial in starting a company, working for a startup, or bringing business management skills into their career at an existing company.

Online

Students must:

 

  • Hold a bachelor's degree

  • Earn a B- or higher in all coursework in the program

  • Submit the following materials upon completion of coursework:

    • Application form

    • Transcript of the courses you've completed toward the certificate. For information on ordering transcripts, see http://engineering.illinois.edu/online/

    • Processing fee: $100 check made payable to the University of Illinois

Only UIUC courses will count toward the certificates.

The Business Management for Engineers (BME) certificate consists of a sequence of courses that concentrate on the principles and practice in business concepts and management skills designed help to build the aptitude of engineers in this area; an expertise that is inherently necessary for successful managers and leaders.

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Business Analytics, Certificate
Certificate
University of Illinois Springfield
Computer Science/Information Systems
Online

The Certificate in Business Analytics provides business and technology practitioners with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to collaborate in the design, development, and adoption of BI applications in organizations.

Online - Some exams may be proctored

  • A baccalaureate degree

  • Official transcripts

  • Completed application form

  • Course requirements must be completed with a grade of B or better

No transfer credit is accepted for certificates.

Individuals may work on the certificate part time without being formally enrolled in a degree program, or may complete it as part of the masters of science degree in Management Information Systems or other programs if approved by their specific degree program.

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Business Process Management, Certificate
Certificate
University of Illinois Springfield
Computer Science/Information Systems
Online

The Certificate in Business Process Management provides information systems practitioners with the fundamental knowledge needed to be able to successfully analyze, define, and design organizational processes and to effectively apply information technology to these processes.

Online - Some exams may be proctored

  • A baccalaureate degree

  • Official transcripts

  • Completed application form

  • Course requirements must be completed with a grade of B or better

No transfer credit is accepted for certificates.

Individuals may work on the certificate part time without being formally enrolled in a degree program, or may complete it as part of the masters of science degree in Management Information Systems or other programs if approved by their specific degree program.

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Conflict Management, Certificate
Certificate
North Park University
Business
Online

Organizations and corporations are more regularly turning to formal processes for conflict management and dispute resolution. This fast-growing field of study and practice examines the causes of conflict, conflict theory, and how to manage conflict as part of team-building and negotiation within and on behalf of your company. In this certificate program, you will gain skills in negotiation and mediation, develop new strategies and techniques for addressing your current negotiation challenges, and learn to effectively lead and manage change. Upon completion of the certificate, you'll be prepared apply the principles of respectful communication in your work, lead your organization in developing diversity as a way of creating value, and negotiate effectively.

Fully online

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

  • Completed application, essay, and current resume

  • Two completed recommendations

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended

  • No GMAT or GRE required if cumulative GPA is above 3.0. Also waived if applicant has a graduate degree from an accredited institution or completes their first 5 SBNM courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Up to 4 courses (8 sh) from an accredited graduate program. Also, up to 2 core courses may be waived if taken at the undergraduate level with a grade of "B" or higher.

  • An array of online graduate certificates is designed to provide managers and leaders with a pragmatic education that addresses the special concerns and problems of managing in a rapidly changing world. All coursework may be applied to any of North Park's five graduate management degrees, including the MBA.

  • Courses can also be taken at the main campus on the north side of Chicago.

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Digital Media Literacy, Certificate
Certificate
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Education
Online
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Education Technology Specialist, Certificate
Certificate
University of Illinois Springfield
Education
Online

Provides practicing teachers and administrators with the knowledge and skills necessary for integrating digital technologies into classroom teaching and learning. The six courses cover the knowledge and skills required for an ISBE Technology Specialist Endorsement which qualifies those who hold it for building and/or district level technology coordinator positions.

Online

  • Acceptance to UIS Graduate School as either degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking.

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 for full admission

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5/4.0 for conditional admission

  • Have all transcripts sent to UIS.

  • Students should apply online at http://www.uis.edu/admissions/applyNow.html by completing the Graduate Student Non-Degree-Domestic & International application.For more information, contact Admissions & Records at (217) 206-6174 or (888) 977-4847.

N/A

  • Coursework may be used as electives for the Master of Arts in Education degree.

  • A passing grade in an EDL course is considered to be B or above. A failing grade is given for work below that level. A maximum of eight hours of C (2.0) grades is applicable to the degree (grades of C- or lower are not accepted), provided that a minimum GPA of 3.0 is reached at time of graduation and an approved Student Petition is on file in the Office of Records and Registration.

  • Candidates must take and pass ISBE Licensure Exam(s) in their specific area(s) to qualify for Illinois entitlement.

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Emerging Technologies, Certificate
Certificate
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Education
Online
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English as a Second Language, Certificate
Certificate
University of Illinois Springfield
Education
Online
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Event Planning & Management, Certificate
Certificate
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Business
Online

Courses in the Event Planning and Management program teach students how to organize, manage and market conventions, concerts, sports, expositions and other events. Students completing the program will be able to apply event coordination techniques within this multifaceted industry.

Online

Admission to SIU required. Student may apply as undeclared undergraduate or graduate student. Application can be made online at http://admissions.siu.edu/apply/

Transfer Student Services will determine the acceptance of credit and its applicability toward University Core Curriculum requirements. All credit accepted for transfer, which is not applied to University Core Curriculum requirements or Hospitality, Tourism, and Event Management, will be considered general transfer credit.

The event planning and management program is designed to provide a broad view of the meetings and event industry. Completion of this program will provide students with the skills and knowledge to begin building a career in event planning. Courses are well-suited to those employed in non-traditional event professions where event planning responsibilities exist.

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Fundraising Management, Certificate
Certificate
North Park University
Business
Online

As government and corporate funding decrease and social needs increase, strategic fundraising has become more important than ever for nonprofit organizations to be successful in their missions. This certificate will give you the necessary preparation to become an effective development professional, with a focus on fundraising theory, history, strategy, implementation, and practice. In this certificate program, you will gain valuable skills in all aspects of fundraising management, including grant writing, annual major gift solicitation, capital campaign development and execution, and donor base development. Upon completion of the certificate, you'll be able to build a convincing case or financial support, and select the donors and markets that best fit your organization's mission.

Fully online

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

  • Completed application, essay, and current resume

  • Two completed recommendations

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended

  • No GMAT or GRE required if cumulative GPA is above 3.0. Also waived if applicant has a graduate degree from an accredited institution or completes their first 5 SBNM courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Up to 4 courses (8 sh) from an accredited graduate program. Also, up to 2 core courses may be waived if taken at the undergraduate level with a grade of "B" or higher.

  • An array of online graduate certificates is designed to provide managers and leaders with a pragmatic education that addresses the special concerns and problems of managing in a rapidly changing world. All coursework may be applied to any of North Park's five graduate management degrees, including the MBA.

  • Courses can also be taken at the main campus on the north side of Chicago.

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Geographic Information Systems, Certificate
Certificate
University of Illinois Springfield
GIS/Location Intelligence
Online

GIS has applications for governments, many businesses, the health industry, environmental organizations, public service fields, and other social and physical science fields. The GIS graduate certificate program can stand on its own or be paired with a master's degree; thus it is an option for mid-career professionals, as well as those seeking to begin a new career.

Online

  • Applicants must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution and meet campus requirements for admission to graduate study.

  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required for admission. Students not meeting this level may still apply, but will need to write a letter to the GIS Admissions Committee via email to Dennis Ruez (druez2@uis.edu) demonstrating their ability to complete graduate-level coursework (such as having significant work experience in the area).

  • Candidates for the certificate must complete course requirements with a grade of B or better (a grade of B- is not acceptable).

Applicants who took an introductory GIS course as an undergraduate, may petition to replace ENS 404 with either ENS 403 (Transportation: Problems and Planning Procedures) or ENS 501 (Land Use and Environmental Planning).

Can be paired with a master's degree, such as the online MS in Environmental Studies offered by UIS.

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Gerontology Senior Advocate, Certificate
Certificate
Northeastern Illinois University
Health Care & Human Services
Online

It is projected that there will be an increase of 236 million adults aged 65 and older from the time period of 2015 to 2025 in the world (The Aging World: 2015 by the U.S. Census Bureau, 2016). By design, the 21 credit hour Gerontology Senior Advocate Certificate program is in response to an increasing number of careers related to elder advocacy needed to help this growing aging population trends in the coming decades. This certificate is designed for professionals currently working with or wishing to work with a growing aging clientele and who see a need to better understand aging issues. The certificate is also beneficial to individuals faced with elder caregiving responsibilities and who want to be a better advocate for their care recipient.

The certificate program currently offers cohort-style curricular programming but students can apply and enter year round (fall, spring, or summer) to be flexible for students’ needs. Classes are currently predominantly online but we also have “blended” (hybrid/flipped) courses. The gerontology certificate program should be fully online by 2021-2022.

Students must fulfill the general admission requirements of the College of Graduate Studies and Research of Northeastern Illinois University. A complete application packet may be obtained on-line from the Graduate Enrollment Services website, from the office located in room D-101D, or by calling (773) 442-6001.  A complete application includes:

  1. The admission form.

  2. A transcript showing completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.  Undergraduate course work should include at least five (5) courses or 15 credits in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, history, political science, psychology, or sociology) and at least one (1) course in psychology-related statistics (preferred).

Note: If the applicant has met all requirements except that of psychology-related statistics, they may be admitted conditionally and may be expected to complete an undergraduate course in psychology-related statistics that is approved by the gerontology program coordinator (e.g., PSYC 202).  Any statistics course taken to meet this requirement will not count toward fulfillment of the 21 required credit hours.           

  1. Evidence of scholastic ability, reflected by an undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or better on a 4-point scale.  All course work completed prior to the bachelor's degree as well as any completed graduate courses are considered.

  2. Two letters of recommendation on the forms provided.

  3. A two-page statement of personal goals for graduate work in gerontology. This statement also serves as a sample of writing competency.

  4. Two letters of recommendation on the forms provided.

  5. A two-page statement of personal goals for graduate work in gerontology.

  6. A résumé showing all paid and volunteer work experience.

Note:  Students may enter the program without previous professional or volunteer work experience with older people, but will be required to compensate for this deficiency by completing the PSYC 415, Practicum in Gerontology.

Students may transfer the full 21 credit hours of the certificate as per university course transfer policy into the M.A. in Gerontology program.

Northeastern Illinois University’s gerontology program is the only public state university in northern Illinois offering a post-baccalaureate certificate specifically designed for the training of elder advocates. Further, the gerontology is nationally recognized as a quality graduate program within the field of aging.

 

The Gerontology Senior Advocate Certificate program is designed to graduate well-prepared elder advocates who can effectively serve a growing and diverse aging population on a local, national, and global level. This is accomplished in the following ways:

  • Students complete 120 hours of on-site practicum training in a well-established, aging-related organization. 

  • Coursework reinforces a strong research model for students, with a solid grounding in human developmental theories.

  • Students learn important skills of good academic writing and critical analysis in reading and writing. Each course in the curriculum emphasizes the development and utilization of these important skills over time as their knowledge increases from introductory to more advanced levels of information.

  • The program has flexible course offerings for both working professionals and lifelong learners with busy lives. Both core and elective courses are offered during the evening and on Saturdays, and many of our elective courses are now fully online.

  • Program faculty assist students with career opportunities and professional development throughout the program and even after graduation.

  • The tuition is the most cost effective in comparison to other comparable gerontology certificate programs in the Chicago area.

 

By the end of the training, students acquire a knowledge of:

  • both classic theories of human development (foundational) and "state-of-the-art" research content and processes within specialty areas of aging,

  • available library resources to conduct research on an aging topic,

  • "real world" aging-related legislation, policies, and service related issues affecting the lives of older adults within communities; and

  • ethical issues in interacting with older adults (e.g., care ethics).

 

Students also learn skills in how to:

  • find scholarly research articles on different aging topics using research search databases (e.g., AgeLine and PsycInfo research databases),

  • accurately read and interpret research within the field,

  • synthesize research to summarize in a literature review,

  • write a research paper incorporating both proper grammar and sixth edition APA style formatting,

  • critically analyze concepts and theories presented in coursework and related research activities,

  • conduct professional activities in an aging organization related to their specific career interests through practicum on-site training, and

  • present topics and research in various presentation formats in the classroom or at a conference (e.g., a PowerPoint presentation).

  • ...among other learning outcomes.

 

Career Options

The job title “elder advocate" is increasingly a part of healthcare and other age-related service occupations. There are many aging organizations which emphasize senior advocate training on their websites (e.g., AARP; Alzheimer’s Association). The following are some possible career opportunities related to the certificate training (some additional professional training may be needed):

  • patient and family care advocate in healthcare settings,

  • client care advocate in a health care services organization,

  • senior services specialist in an educational institution,

  • care advocate in a hospice care situation working with families,

  • advocate for hospital health care transition planning,

  • care coordinator,

  • geriatric care manager, and

  • aging social services case manager guardianship in a department on aging.

 

Check out the following websites for more gerontology career information: www.agework.com, www.geron.org.



Watch this webinar to learn more about the program. 

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Health Communication, Certificate
Certificate
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Heath Care & Human Services
Online

A certificate for professionals in healthcare seeking career advancement through expertise in health communication. The CHC provides a 12-credit specialization in health communication, focusing on theoretical and practical knowledge of public advocacy and the critical capacity to evaluate face-to-face and mediated health information. This certificate is ideal for students who have a master's degree, PhD or MD, however, the 12 credits of the certificate may also be applied to a degree program in the future, if desired.

Online

Up to 4 transfer credits or up to 12 non-degree credits may be counted towards the degree.

The CHC offers a unique group-paced yet asynchronous online learning environment. All assignments and coursework can be completed individually at a time during the week that works for each individual student. A full time academic advisor is available to answer questions, consult with prospective and current students, help navigate any administrative hurdles, and advocate for students throughout the program. The CHC is a student-centered program that focuses on small cohorts of highly motivated and engaged students advancing both professional and academic goals.

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Higher Education Online Pedagogy, Certificate
Certificate
University of Illinois Springfield
Education
Online

The set of courses provides effective practices for teaching online, building course content, and designing quality assessments.

Online

  • Acceptance to UIS Graduate School as either degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking.

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 for full admission

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5/4.0 for conditional admission

  • Have all transcripts sent to UIS.

  • Students should apply online at http://www.uis.edu/admissions/applyNow.html by completing the Graduate Student Non-Degree-Domestic & International application.For more information, contact Admissions & Records at (217) 206-6174 or (888) 977-4847.

N/A

  • Coursework may be used as electives for the Master of Arts in Education degree.

  • A passing grade in an EDL course is considered to be B or above. A failing grade is given for work below that level. A maximum of eight hours of C (2.0) grades is applicable to the degree (grades of C- or lower are not accepted), provided that a minimum GPA of 3.0 is reached at time of graduation and an approved Student Petition is on file in the Office of Records and Registration.

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Human Resource Management, Certificate
Certificate
North Park University
Business
Online

Organizational success is increasingly a function of effective human resource management. Structure and technology can be duplicated, but recruiting and retaining talented employees can create potent competitive advantage. The certificate in human resource management examines the evolving role of human resources in driving the value of an organization. Upon completion of the certificate, you will be able to lead strategies for compensation and benefits and be able to create and manage a basic compensation plan that you can apply immediately to your business.

Fully online

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

  • Completed application, essay, and current resume

  • Two completed recommendations

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended

  • No GMAT or GRE required if cumulative GPA is above 3.0. Also waived if applicant has a graduate degree from an accredited institution or completes their first 5 SBNM courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Up to 4 courses (8 sh) from an accredited graduate program. Also, up to 2 core courses may be waived if taken at the undergraduate level with a grade of "B" or higher.

  • An array of online graduate certificates is designed to provide managers and leaders with a pragmatic education that addresses the special concerns and problems of managing in a rapidly changing world. All coursework may be applied to any of North Park's five graduate management degrees, including the MBA.

  • Courses can also be taken at the main campus on the north side of Chicago.

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Information Accessibility Design and Policy, Certificate
Certificate
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Business
Online

Through the Information Accessibility Design and Policy (IADP) certificate program, website developers, information specialists, and disability service providers learn the principles of accessible information architecture and the information technology (IT) of universal design used in education, healthcare, and employment settings. Students will also learn the federal and state legal mandates governing information accessibility and the relationship of those mandates to the civil rights of people with disabilities, as well as technology accessibility standards, design techniques that enable adherence to those standards, and tools that support validation and evidence of compliance to those standards. The certificate program can be completed in one academic year.

Online

Applicants can hold an undergraduate degree or higher, or they can currently be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program from an accredited university. No tuition waivers are offered. Complete the "Intent to Register" form and send transcripts to Ms. Erika Albin (ealbin@illinois.edu) for review and admission decision by the Director and faculty.

All three courses must be completed to receive the certificate. No transfer credits are accepted.

Through the professional certificate program in Information Accessibility Design & Policy (IADP), website developers, programmers, designers, information technology specialists, compliance officers, educators, and disability service providers will learn about the following:

 

  • Principles of accessible information architecture and universal design information technologies used in educational, healthcare, corporate, and employment settings

  • Federal and state legal mandates governing information technology accessibility and their relationship to the civil rights of people with disabilities

  • Information technology accessibility standards, design practices that enable adherence to those standards, and tools that support validation and evidence of compliance to those standards

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Instructional Design, Certificate
Certificate
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Education
Online
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IT Project Management, Certificate
Certificate
University of Illinois Springfield
Computer Science/Information Systems
Online

The Certificate in IT Project Management provides information systems practitioners with the fundamental knowledge needed to manage information technology projects.

Online - Some exams may be proctored

  • A baccalaureate degree

  • Official transcripts

  • Completed application form

  • Course requirements must be completed with a grade of B or better

No transfer credit is accepted for certificates.

Individuals may work on the certificate part time without being formally enrolled in a degree program, or may complete it as part of the masters of science degree in Management Information Systems or other programs if approved by their specific degree program.

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Leadership & Learning, Certificate
Certificate
University of Illinois Springfield
Education
Online

This program will help PK-12 teachers gain additional knowledge and skills in school improvement issues, enhancing teacher performance, and using data-driven decision making to improve student success.

Online

  • Acceptance to UIS Graduate School as either degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking.

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 for full admission

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5/4.0 for conditional admission

  • Have all transcripts sent to UIS.

  • Students should apply online at http://www.uis.edu/admissions/applyNow.html by completing the Graduate Student Non-Degree-Domestic & International application.

 

For more information, contact Admissions & Records at (217) 206-6174 or (888) 977-4847.

N/A

  • Coursework may be used as electives for the Master of Arts in Education degree

  • A passing grade in an EDL course is considered to be B or above. A failing grade is given for work below that level. A maximum of eight hours of C (2.0) grades is applicable to the degree (grades of C- or lower are not accepted), provided that a minimum GPA of 3.0 is reached at time of graduation and an approved Student Petition is on file in the Office of Records and Registration.

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Leadership, Certificate
Certificate
North Park University
Business
Online

Effective, ethical leaders are in high demand at business organizations around the world. This certificate offers comprehensive preparation in the skills and knowledge that contribute to strong leadership, including self-awareness, attention to the types of environments that foster strong performance, appropriate leadership models, and accessing and developing talent. Upon completion of the certificate, you'll be prepared to lead your organization more effectively, develop negotiation approaches, and understand how diversity influences organizational creativity and performance.

 

In this certificate program, you will study servant and situational leadership models, coaching and counseling methods to improve performance, and strategies to positively affect organizational change.

Fully online

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

  • Completed application, essay, and current resume

  • Two completed recommendations

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended

  • No GMAT or GRE required if cumulative GPA is above 3.0. Also waived if applicant has a graduate degree from an accredited institution or completes their first 5 SBNM courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Up to 4 courses (8 sh) from an accredited graduate program. Also, up to 2 core courses may be waived if taken at the undergraduate level with a grade of "B" or higher.

  • An array of online graduate certificates is designed to provide managers and leaders with a pragmatic education that addresses the special concerns and problems of managing in a rapidly changing world. All coursework may be applied to any of North Park's five graduate management degrees, including the MBA.

  • Courses can also be taken at the main campus on the north side of Chicago.

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Legal Aspects of Education, Certificate
Certificate
University of Illinois Springfield
Education
Online

This online certificate program offers educators advanced training to acquire knowledge in fundamental legal issues and study legal developments that schools are likely to encounter.

Online

  • Acceptance to UIS Graduate School as either degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking.

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 for full admission

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5/4.0 for conditional admission

  • Have all transcripts sent to UIS.

  • Students should apply online at http://www.uis.edu/admissions/applyNow.html by completing the Graduate Student Non-Degree-Domestic & International application.

 

For more information, contact Admissions & Records at (217) 206-6174 or (888) 977-4847.

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  • The ten courses offered in this certificate program are the same courses our students seeking a master's degree take as electives. Combine the graduate certificate with an additional 22 credit hours of required course work to fulfill requirements for a Master of Arts in Education degree.

  • A passing grade in an EDL course is considered to be B or above. A failing grade is given for work below that level. A maximum of eight hours of C (2.0) grades is applicable to the degree (grades of C- or lower are not accepted), provided that a minimum GPA of 3.0 is reached at time of graduation and an approved Student Petition is on file in the Office of Records and Registration.

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Nonprofit Governance, Certificate
Certificate
North Park University
Business
Online

More than ever, nonprofits face an array of complex challenges in their efforts to provide services and education to the public. Regardless of size or program focus, organizations must pay close attention to issues of governance, financial reporting, and compliance. The certificate in nonprofit governance provides a comprehensive understanding of organizational areas that are most affected by governance issues, and how to proactively address them while staying true to your organization's mission.

 

In the certificate program, you will study board development and management, regulatory and compliance issues, and budgeting and finance. The certificate coursework will give you the skills you need to develop strategies for increasing the size and effectiveness of your volunteer corps, as well as to examine the impact of legal issues on your organization, including compliance requirements, liability, and tax-exempt status. You'll gain valuable experience developing accountability structures, including planning and monitoring organizational budgets and assembling an active board.

Fully online

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

  • Completed application, essay, and current resume

  • Two completed recommendations

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended

  • No GMAT or GRE required if cumulative GPA is above 3.0. Also waived if applicant has a graduate degree from an accredited institution or completes their first 5 SBNM courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Up to 4 courses (8 sh) from an accredited graduate program. Also, up to 2 core courses may be waived if taken at the undergraduate level with a grade of "B" or higher.

  • An array of online graduate certificates is designed to provide managers and leaders with a pragmatic education that addresses the special concerns and problems of managing in a rapidly changing world. All coursework may be applied to any of North Park's five graduate management degrees, including the MBA.

  • Courses can also be taken at the main campus on the north side of Chicago.

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Nonprofit Management, Certificate
Certificate
North Park University
Business
Online

Today's nonprofit managers must balance myriad demands and responsibilities: they are fundraisers and financial officers, planners and problem-solvers, and human resource experts who lead boards, staff, and clients. The certificate in nonprofit management provides comprehensive preparation in the major functional areas of nonprofit organizations, with an emphasis on helping leaders maintain a central focus on their organization's mission.

 

Upon completion of the certificate, you will understand how the components of your organization fit together, including boards, structure, mission, and staff. You'll develop and broaden your knowledge of the fundraising, finance, and marketing functions within the nonprofit sector, with careful consideration of resource development, budgeting, ethics, and legal issues. You'll also learn how to develop a strategic plan for your organization that will advance its mission.

Fully online

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

  • Completed application, essay, and current resume

  • Two completed recommendations

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended

  • No GMAT or GRE required if cumulative GPA is above 3.0. Also waived if applicant has a graduate degree from an accredited institution or completes their first 5 SBNM courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Up to 4 courses (8 sh) from an accredited graduate program. Also, up to 2 core courses may be waived if taken at the undergraduate level with a grade of "B" or higher.

  • An array of online graduate certificates is designed to provide managers and leaders with a pragmatic education that addresses the special concerns and problems of managing in a rapidly changing world. All coursework may be applied to any of North Park's five graduate management degrees, including the MBA.

  • Courses can also be taken at the main campus on the north side of Chicago.

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Online Teaching & Learning, Certificate
Certificate
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Education
Online
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Organizational Development, Certificate
Certificate
North Park University
Business
Online

Organizations that can quickly adapt their processes, structures, and systems to meet changing environmental conditions often realize a greater competitive advantage in the marketplace. The certificate in organizational development provides concepts, skills, and techniques that can help advance your leadership capability and enhance organizational effectiveness.

 

In the certificate program, you will study and analyze behavioral styles in organizational settings, learn how to build effective work teams, and explore how diversity can improve corporate innovation. You'll gain valuable skills in conflict and change management, and learn powerful tools to become a stronger, more inspiring, and more effective leader.

Fully online

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution

  • Completed application, essay, and current resume

  • Two completed recommendations

  • Official transcripts from all colleges attended

  • No GMAT or GRE required if cumulative GPA is above 3.0. Also waived if applicant has a graduate degree from an accredited institution or completes their first 5 SBNM courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Up to 4 courses (8 sh) from an accredited graduate program. Also, up to 2 core courses may be waived if taken at the undergraduate level with a grade of "B" or higher.

  • An array of online graduate certificates is designed to provide managers and leaders with a pragmatic education that addresses the special concerns and problems of managing in a rapidly changing world. All coursework may be applied to any of North Park's five graduate management degrees, including the MBA.

  • Courses can also be taken at the main campus on the north side of Chicago.

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Postsecondary Developmental Literacy & Language Instruction, Certificate
Certificate
Northern Illinois University
Education
Online

This certificate allows current and future educators to demonstrate mastery in five areas related to postsecondary literacy instruction: theory, practice, assessment, research and professional development. Students will be equipped to understand and critically analyze the historical context of developmental literacy instruction; recognize the social, cultural, linguistic and academic diversity of students enrolled in developmental literacy coursework; design and implement appropriate and effective evidence-based instruction; and participate professionally in the field of postsecondary developmental literacy. This certificate prepares current and future college educators to serve a diverse group of students in a variety of postsecondary literacy contexts, including developmental/transitional programs and learning assistance programs in both community colleges and universities.

Fully online

Students apply to NIU's Graduate School as a student-at-large. See https://www.niu.edu/grad/admissions/index.shtml for details.

No transfer courses accepted for this certificate program.

The preferred start is Summer because the foundation course offered then provides both context and a history of the profession. However, the courses are not sequenced and don't require pre-requisities.

 

Courses are offered in a similar rotation every year. Students may enroll in one or two courses per semester. Typically, students take one course per semester to complete the certificate in two years. All courses must be completed within six years. There are no practicum requirements.

PUBLISHED
Professional Leadership Strategies, Certificate
Certificate
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Online
PUBLISHED
Strategic Technology Management, Certificate
Certificate
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Engineering
Online

This certificate will help students understand how to incubate new ventures, and participate in the process of innovation and market adoption within corporate environments. These courses are applicable to students who are or want to be entrepreneurial in starting a company, working for a startup, or bringing strategic technology management skills into their career at an existing company.

Online

Students must:

 

  • Hold a bachelor's degree

  • Earn a B- or higher in all coursework in the program

  • Submit the following materials upon completion of coursework:

    • Application form

    • Transcript of the courses you've completed toward the certificate. For information on ordering transcripts, see http://engineering.illinois.edu/online/

    • Processing fee: $100 check made payable to the University of Illinois

Only UIUC courses will count toward the certificates.

None

PUBLISHED
Computer Applications, Endorsement
Endorsement
University of Illinois Springfield
Education
Online
PUBLISHED
Computer Science, Endorsement
Endorsement
University of Illinois Springfield
Education
Online
PUBLISHED
Curriculum & Instruction with ESL and/or Bilingual, Endorsement
Endorsement
Concordia University Chicago
Education
Classroom

Today’s English learners are simultaneously acquiring English proficiency and mastering academic content while also learning the culture(s) of their community. Concordia University Chicago’s Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction with ESL endorsement prepares educators to work with emergent bilingual students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in PreK-12 schools.


This program has a balanced mix of theory, research, and practice. Candidates are equipped to envision and enact educational change for English learners that is inclusive, linguistically responsive, and multiculturally competent. Graduates become teacher leaders who can implement culturally sustaining pedagogy and effectively advocate for their students from diverse backgrounds. The program prepares educators to be effective in promoting student learning and development in the acquisition of English as a new language. Throughout the program, candidates are required to integrate their new knowledge, skills and instructional practices into their current educational settings.


It is designed to help candidates:


  • Understand the principles, practices, and problems in public and private school programs with an emphasis on application of current theory and research, with a special focus on the needs of English language learners.

  • Interpret the role of educational forces, processes, and institutions as part of the historical development of America.

  • Apply educational objectives and learning standards to the selection and organization of learning experiences for English language learners, utilizing contemporary curriculum organization models and pertinent research.

  • Analyze contemporary language-learning educational issues in the United States, including the obstacles and challenges faced by educators, and current educational policy making and reform.

  • Synthesize curriculum, teaching and pedagogy into effective teacher leadership in classrooms and beyond, including a focus on students with special learning needs, diverse social and pedagogical needs, and the needs of urban populations.

  • Create appropriate action research in educational settings for improved teacher practice and successful learning outcomes.

  • Develop the professional habit and responsibility for reflective practice, both in general classroom pedagogy and in specific learning perspectives of individual students, especially language learners.

At UC, the program runs on a cohort model in Grayslake classrooms or via a hybrid model that combines classroom and online learning, depending on student demand. Concordia also offers this program in a fully-online format.

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  • Graduate admission application including an objective statement.

  • Official transcripts from bachelor's degree (and for any master's degree earned as well).

  • Evidence of ability to achieve success via either regular graduate status, a grade-point average (GPA) of 2.85/4.0 or better in all previous college work, or probationary status, a GPA of 2.25 to 2.84

  • Two letters of recommendation (preferably one from a college or university instructor) addressing academic proficiency, personal character, and competence and effectiveness in professional work.

Up to 50% of a degree may be accepted for transfer credit from an accredited graduate school.

Students will also satisfy the course requirements for an ESL endorsement.


Concordia University Chicago's master of arts in curriculum and instruction with ESL endorsement, is nationally recognized by TESOL/CAEP. The ESL endorsement program is aligned with TESOL standards.

PUBLISHED
English as a Second Language, Endorsement
Endorsement
University of Illinois Springfield
Education
Online

Prepares educators to be culturally responsive and teach to the needs of English language learners.

Online

N/A

N/A

  • Combine the graduate certificate with an additional 20 credit hours of required course work to fulfill requirements for a Master of Arts in Education degree.

  • A passing grade in an EDL course is considered to be B or above. A failing grade is given for work below that level. A maximum of eight hours of C (2.0) grades is applicable to the degree (grades of C- or lower are not accepted), provided that a minimum GPA of 3.0 is reached at time of graduation and an approved Student Petition is on file in the Office of Records and Registration.

PUBLISHED
Illinois ESL, Endorsement
Endorsement
Concordia University Chicago
Education
Classroom

This program prepares educators to be effective in promoting student learning and development in the acquisition of English as a new language. It is designed to help candidates:

  • Promote the success of all students through developing and implementing a shared vision of learning and the programs that support this learning.

  • Develop basic skills in management of the classroom, operations and resources for a safe, efficient and effective learning environment.

  • Collaborate with staff, boards, students, families and community members in response to diverse educational and community interests and needs, and mobilize community resources.

  • Demonstrate integrity, fairness and ethical behavior to help in the development of a caring and moral school community.

  • Analyze and respond to the larger political, social, economic, legal and cultural contexts.

  • Provide research-based instruction that includes the effective use of technology, attention to special needs populations, ESL literacy and language development.

At UC, the program runs on a cohort model in Grayslake classrooms or via a hybrid model that combines classroom and online learning, depending on student demand. Concordia also offers this program in a fully-online format.

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

  • Official transcripts from bachelor's degree (and for any master's degree earned as well).

  • Valid Illinois teaching license (PEL)

  • Personal statement of 300-500 words describing your interest in the program, prior experience in TESOL or related field, and professional goals for pursuing the ESL endorsement.

Up to 50% of a degree may be accepted for transfer credit from an accredited graduate school.

None

PUBLISHED
Learning Behavior Specialist 1, Endorsement
Endorsement
University of Illinois Springfield
Education
Online

The Learning Behavior Specialist 1 (LBS1) endorsement is sought after by PK-12 teachers for the purpose of gaining an additional endorsement to be qualified to teach in a special education setting. *Teaching license required

Online

An active teaching license is required.

 

  • Acceptance to UIS Graduate School as either degree-seeking or non-degree-seeking.

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 for full admission

  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.5/4.0 for conditional admission

  • Have all transcripts sent to UIS.

  • Students should apply online at http://www.uis.edu/admissions/applyNow.html by completing the Graduate Student Non-Degree-Domestic & International application.

 

For more information, contact Admissions & Records at (217) 206-6174 or (888) 977-4847.

N/A

Each course may be taken for elective credit in the Master of Arts in Education degree program.

PUBLISHED
School Business Management, Endorsement
Endorsement
Northern Illinois University
Education
Online
PUBLISHED
Secondary Teaching, Endorsement
Endorsement
University of Illinois Springfield
Education
Online
PUBLISHED