Certificate Programs - General Information

Certificate Programs:  A certificate program teaches a coherent set of skills that does not lead specifically to a degree, but may be practically oriented towards professional occupations. Certificate programs are a way of organizing curriculum in order to serve students who wish to learn specific subjects, concepts, skills and competencies, and may include international programs. Certificate programs may offer academic credit or CEUs (Continuing Education Units).

The award of a certificate means that the holder has participated in a skill-based class or program or has completed the required academic coursework at a certain level of accomplishment.  A certificate indicates that the University validates the particular skill-based program or field of study. However, it neither credentials nor licenses the student in a particular field or profession, nor does it guarantee the ability of the student to put into practice what has been studied.

Students will apply for certification through the School of Extended and International Education.  The Program Coordinator shall verify completion of requirements.  Award of the certificate will be noted on the student's transcripts.

The School of Extended and International Education offers two types of certificate programs: Academic Credit Certificate Programs and Non-Academic Certificate Programs.

Overview of Proposal Process for Courses and Programs Offered Through the School of Extended and International Education

Individual faculty members, staff, departments, programs, or schools of the University, or community members, may initiate proposals for new programs and courses.  Proposals will be submitted to the SEIE Curriculum Committee, which will determine format and required information. Proposals that do not meet the criteria for creation will be returned to the originator for revision with suggestions from the SEIE Curriculum Committee. Once the Academic Senate has approved a proposal, substantial changes to the information in the original proposal must be submitted for further review. For complete information about proposaing a program or course in SEIE, go here.

The SEIE Curriculum Committee will review proposals of all courses and programs submitted to SEIE.

All proposals will be reviewed for appropriate content, quality, and instructor qualificationsThe purpose of the proposal review process is to:

  • assess duplication of existing courses/programs in the stateside offerings;
  • ensure curricular review and offerings in academic unit;
  • assess resources available to sustain program; and
  • assess merit and alignment to the academic mission of SSU.

Flow chart of SEIE curricular review process

Aproval Routing

Academic Credit Certificates - SEIE Curriclum Committee, Academic Programs, EPC, the Senate, the Provost and President.

Non-academic credit certificates - SEIE Curriculum Committee, Academic Programs, to EPC as an information item.

Adult Education courses - SEIE Curriculum Committee, Academic Programs, to EPC as an information item.

All others end at the SEIE Curriculum Committee.


Reviewed and Approved by EPC (date)