The Career and Academic Advising certificate program, established in 2015, was designed to offer knowledge and skills in the area of career development to meet the needs of students interested in learning more about academic and career advising and/or aspiring to work in academic advising or career services. Additionally, this certificate program is appropriate as professional development for those currently employed in career services settings including academic advisors, counseling supervisors, counselors, career advisors, career specialists, school counselors, workforce development specialists, and others.
The College Teaching Certificate, established in 2005, is designed to enhance teaching competencies at the postsecondary level. Grasgreen, in Inside Higher Ed, reported that doctoral student interest and enrollments in college teaching certificate programs are rising, and that certificate graduates say they gained the skills and knowledge to enhance their teaching practice, felt more confident to teach at the college level, and reported an increased confidence in their ability to discuss teaching and learning during job interviews.
The Community College Leadership Certificate, established in 2009, is designed to prepare and enhance the skills of administrators, staff, and faculty in community colleges and regional campuses to meet the leadership challenges posed by social, political, and economic changes. The first course in this new, online program offering started in Spring 2010.
For individuals who are interested in learning about internationalization of higher education to strengthen his or her teaching, administrative leadership, or employability in the areas of international affairs in colleges and university settings, this professional certificate program will serve their needs and purposes. A blogger on "Inside Study Abroad" recently listed Kent State's higher ed program as one of the top places for preparation in international education.
The Institutional Research and Assessment certificate (18 credit hours) is focused on enhancing knowledge and skills development in the areas of higher education assessment, institutional research, technology, and the organization of higher education. At this time, the Institutional Research and Assessment certificate is available only in face-to-face classes at the Kent Campus.