Program type:

Graduate Academic Certification

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

1-2 semesters
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Become a leader in the Community College and University system with UNT's Higher Education certificate.
Step up and earn your certificate to take your place in the next generation of leaders.

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Why Earn a Higher Education Certificate?

The Higher Education certificate provides currently employed community college and university professionals who hold master's degrees a certificate that will add depth and breadth to their knowledge of community colleges.

The Higher Education certificate provides graduate-level professional development opportunities related to community college and university mission, finance and administration, leadership, economic and community development, teaching and learning, and contemporary issues.

Higher Education Certificate Highlights

College of Education ranked 1st in the North Texas region among public graduate schools, 3rd among public graduate schools in Texas, 68th among public graduate schools, and 89th overall in the nation by U.S. News & World Report
College of Education ranked 9th in Texas and 66th in the South by
Their research areas include leadership in higher education, higher education policy and finance, access and equity, institutional effectiveness, professoriate, student affairs, and student development.
Our faculty members have published over two dozen books, monographs, book chapters, and more than 100 refereed journal articles.
The College of Education administers millions annually in expenditures for externally funded research, instruction, and outreach projects. These projects result from proposals submitted to external funding agencies and foundations by faculty, staff, and graduate students.
The College of Education is regionally and nationally recognized for excellence in preparing teachers, administrators, counselors, kinesiology and health promotion specialists, play therapists and other educators. 

What Can You do With a Higher Education Certificate?

The current generation of college presidents, senior administrators, and faculty leaders are retiring at a rapid rate. With the presidential median age of sixty as of 2012, 42 percent of presidents are expected to retire in the next five years. Upcoming retirements in leadership positions are projected to continue to be higher than normal as a generational change takes place.

This provides community colleges and universities an opportunity to hire or promote energetic new academic and administrative leaders with new ideas and the right credentials that will help colleges respond to the increasing demands on higher education institutions.

Higher Education Certificate Courses You Could Take

Community College Administration (3 hrs)
Examination of the context for and operation of community college administration with emphasis on governance and administration at the local and state levels.
The Effective College Instructor (3 hrs)
Review of research, theory and profiles of effective college instructors and best practices in college teaching. Comparative analysis of research on skill requirements of instructors in community colleges and senior institutions.
Economic Development and Higher Education (3 hrs)
Exploration of the role of higher education institutions in economic development. Examines basic aspects of human capital theory along with local, state and federal resource development policy and the intersections with educational training, as well as the impact of educational institutions on the economy.
Contemporary Issues in the Community College (3 hrs)
Exploration of key contemporary issues in the community college as these relate to the areas of developmental education, leadership and governance, state support, federal student aid, federal policies affecting higher education and community colleges, evaluation and accountability, professional development, leadership development, diversity and access.
History and Philosophy of the Community College (3 hrs)
Exploration of the development and the evolution of the community college as an innovation in U.S. higher education. Factors that influenced its creation and development, the historical and philosophical roots and the mission and function of community colleges. 

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