The certificate of graduate study in higher education allows students seeking professional careers in higher education to pursue graduate-level study in one or more of the following areas related to two- and four-year institutions of higher education: higher education administration, student personnel services, curriculum development, and teaching.
This certificate of graduate study is available to any graduate-level student in good standing. Students who are enrolled in a master’s, educational specialist, or doctoral degree program at NIU may pursue additional study in the area of higher education by enrolling in 18 semester hours of prescribed higher education course work as part of, or in addition to, their department’s graduate degree program or required studies.
Students who wish to pursue this certificate of graduate study must complete an application with the coordinator of the certificate of graduate study in higher education specifying those 18 semester hours from the list below which will comprise the course work for the certificate. Graduate students enrolled in a degree program should consult with their major adviser before completing an application with the higher education certificate coordinator.
Individualized study (3)
(Students may take up to 3 semester hours of individualized study toward the certificate with the approval of the higher education certificate coordinator. These hours should be compatible with the student’s career goals and must be directly related to higher education and may not include thesis or dissertation hours.)