Certificates & Endorsements
Business Analytics, M.B.A. Specialization or Certificate
The online program prepares business leaders to solve specific business problems by analyzing big data. The curriculum includes four online courses. Course offerings are ideal for business professionals who want to be able to make better business decisions based on understanding the data available to them.
Community College Leadership, Certificate
The program is designed to develop professional leadership capabilities to meet the needs of potential and current community college leaders, focusing on the instructional mission of community colleges. If you currently are, or aspire to be, in an instructional leadership appointment or a senior administrative position in a community college, this program will benefit you in both your personal and professional advancement. This certificate may also be completed within the curriculum of an Ed.D. degree.
Curriculum Supervisor, Administrative Endorsement
This program is designed for individuals who want to advance their careers in building-level and district-level positions in curriculum supervision and administration. Completion of coursework in educational administration and curriculum & instruction leads to an administrative endorsement in curriculum supervision. This program is directed at individuals who have a teaching certificate, two years of teaching experience, and have already earned a master’s degree.
Deaf Education, M.A., M.Ed., Endorsement
This program prepares educators for elementary, middle and high school students who are deaf or hard of hearing. For educators interested in working with infants, toddlers and preschoolers, courses can be combined with the department’s Early Childhood Special Education program, which is also available online. This program prepares both entry level educators at a graduate level and provides advanced study for experienced personnel in teaching deaf or hard of hearing students.
Early Childhood Special Education, M.A., M.Ed., Certificate, Endorsement
This program prepares early childhood special educators to work with infants, toddlers and preschool children with a range of delays/disabilities and their families.
Educational Administration & Supervision, 6-year Certificate, Superintendent Endorsement
This program is designed for individuals seeking an administrative endorsement as a P-12 superintendent. Courses integrate the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards to enable you to develop the principles, processes, and practical skills necessary for effective district-level leadership. The 6-year certificate is a blended program. Most of the coursework is online, however you are required to attend on-campus seminars during the first and second summer terms of enrollment. This endorsement may also be completed within the curriculum of an Ed.D. degree.
Elementary (P-8) or Secondary (7-12) Principal, Principal Endorsement
Coursework of between 21 and 36 hours integrates the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards to enable students to develop the principles, processes, and practical skills necessary for effective building-level administration and leadership. This program is designed for individuals who have a teaching certificate, two years of teaching experience, and have already completed a master’s degree.
Family Financial Planning, M.S. or Certificate
Enhance your personal financial knowledge, complete a master's degree or a certificate program and develop competencies that can lead to the Certified Financial Planner designation by the CFP International Board of Standards.
Financial & Housing Counseling, Certificate
This program enhances an already existing Master's degree in family financial planning by specifically addressing the needs of the Military Advancement Academic Program (MAAP), a program of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Alliance (GP-IDEA) that focuses on career needs of military personnel and spouses.
Floriculture & Nursery Production Management, Certificate
This program offers a selection of courses that focus on floral and nursery crop production including business management. Core courses lend a solid science background in order for you to gain a greater understanding of how ornamental and floral plants grow. This basic knowledge is interwoven with practical, cultural and production methods.
Food Safety & Defense, Certificate
This certificate addresses the advanced educational requirements of individuals currently working in the production, manufacturing, and quality monitoring of food products. It's intended for individuals directly involved in agriculture and food production who serve the needs of industries and agencies protecting our food supply.
Gerontology, Concentration in Interior Design, Certificate
This combination of gerontology and interior design provides a specialized area of focus that complements a broader graduate degree or offers a mid-career professional a more focused understanding of the relationship between the design of an environment and its aging occupants.
Grasslands Management, Certificate
Grasslands (including rangelands, pasturelands, and haylands) are the principal land resource type in the Great Plains, composing more than 50% of the land surface area. They represent a fundamental resource of the region that determines the environmental and economic future of the Great Plains states.
Special Education, M.A., M.Ed., Endorsement
Prepares teachers to work with students who have emotional/behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, or mild-moderate mental handicaps. The program can lead to a teaching endorsement and/or master's degree in special education.
Mixed Methods Research, Certificate
The pressure to conduct research by federal, state and accreditation agencies is becoming more and more prevalent in a variety of settings including academia and health care. Research is increasingly reliant on mixed methods techniques.
Ornamentals, Landscape & Turf, Certificate
This certificate offers you a selection of courses that focus on the turf and landscape aspects of horticulture. Core courses lend a solid science background in order for you to gain a greater understanding of how to manage turf and ornamental areas.
P-12 Education Administration, M.Ed., Principal Endorsement
This completely online program is designed for individuals seeking endorsement as an elementary (P-8) or secondary (7-12) principal. Courses integrate the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium Standards to enable you to develop the principles, processes, and practical skills necessary for effective building-level administration and leadership.
Supervisor of Special Education, Administrative Endorsement
This endorsement is ideal if you are interested in advancing your career into leadership and administration of building-level and district-level special education programs. The program is designed for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree in special education, a teaching certificate in special education, and who have already earned a master’s degree. The additional coursework for this administrative endorsement focuses on both educational administration and special education.
Supply Chain Management, M.B.A. Specialization or Certificate
This online program is designed to empower professionals to address the needs of the ever-evolving global marketplace by sharpening analytic skills while learning to leverage relevant technology to make supply chains faster and more efficient.
Textile History & Quilt Studies, M.A. or Certificate
Offered through a combination of distance technology and on-campus instruction this program allows you to concentrate your coursework in textile history with a quilt studies emphasis.
Visual Impairment (P-12), M.A., M.Ed., Endorsement
The visual impairment program will prepare you with the skills and knowledge necessary to effectively address the unique educational needs of students with visual impairment or blindness.
Youth Development, M.S. or Certificate
The master’s degree or graduate certificate in Youth Development uses a strengths-based curriculum that supports youth to make them socially, emotionally and cognitively competent adults.
Special Education: Sensory Disabilities Graduate Certificate
The certificate will provide additional education for professionals interested in students with sensory disabilities. Through focused coursework about unique programs and services, collaboration with families, and specialized instructional methods, participants will gain a deeper understanding of how to effectively work with and support students who have unique sensory learning needs. This program is offered online during the academic year.
Special Education: Behavior Specialist, Graduate Certificate
Surveys of school personnel consistently indicate behavior management is the area with which they want more experience and training. Further, increasing numbers of students today are presenting more severe challenging behaviors and mental health problems (e.g., depression, ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder) than in previous decades. The Behavior Specialist graduate certificate option provides focused, advanced coursework and training for personnel in the fields of special education, school counseling, psychology, social work, and school administration to address behavioral challenges many students present in schools. Recipients of the proposed certificate will be able to proactively and positively intervene at a high level with students who present challenging behaviors.