Academic Advising Certificate

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Gain the experience and skills that will allow you to be a guidepost and resource for students as an academic advisor and add value to your undergraduate degree with a graduate certificate in academic advising. The Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising is designed for individuals interested in working in academic advising in higher education institutions. The certificate provides specialized, hands-on training and specific strategies in academic advising for college students.

Completed in just 12 credit hours, the Academic Advising certificate program is offered in hybrid format, with some classes offered online and others on campus. Coursework incorporates two disciplines: Student Affairs in Higher Education (on campus) and Developmental Studies (online). This will provide participants with a well-rounded body of knowledge in theory and practice. The certificate can be completed full- or part-time.

Student Affairs graduates may be more than halfway there

Student Affairs in Higher Education graduates can complete this certificate in as little as three credit hours. With the required qualifying SAHE equivalents, you can earn your certification with just one online class.

Program Requirements

  • DVST 605: Foundations of Academic Advising, 3 credits

  • DVST 731: Capstone in Developmental Education, 3 credits
    or SAHE 731: Practicum in Student Affairs, 3 credits*

  • SAHE 625: Student Development in Higher Education I, 3 credits

  • SAHE 631: Student Development in Higher Education II, 3 credits

Admissions Requirements

For admission to the certificate program, you'll need to apply and be accepted into graduate school at IUP. You can find instructions on how to apply and application requirements on the graduate admissions page.

*practicum must be approved to be applied toward the certificate