ISLE Graduate Certificate (non-degree) Programs
The Educational Leadership program in the department of Intervention Services & Leadership
in Education offers the Building-Level Leadership Graduate Certificate program. Its
goal is to provide a path for students who currently have a master's degree in an
education-related field (e.g. curriculum and instruction, school counseling, etc.)
and are currently employed in preK–12 education to be recommended for building licensure.
Learn more about the certificate in Building Level Leadership Licensure
The counseling program in the department of Intervention Services & Leadership in
Education offers a postmaster’s certificate program in child/play therapy. The certificate
program curriculum is designed to meet training standards for play therapists established
by the Association of Play Therapy.
Learn more about the certificate in Child/ Play Therapy
The superintendency/district leadership graduate certificate program provides an opportunity for potential candidates who currently hold a Kansas professional building leadership license to participate in advanced graduate training that leads to positions as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, or special education director, as well as other district-level positions required by school districts. The program allows enrolled candidates to complete the coursework online or in the traditional face-to-face format.
This program is not cohort-based and provides great flexibility in time and with instructional options. It can be completed in one year or over a longer period. Although most candidates begin their program in June; candidates may begin their classes, online or in person, at any time throughout the year (June, August, October, January, March). However, Graduate School admissions deadlines must still be met.
The College of Applied Studies, in conjunction with the College of Engineering, offers the graduate certificate in engineering education. The graduate certificate in engineering education is designed to:
- Provide engineering graduate students with knowledge of contemporary learning theories that can be applied to university-level instruction;
- Provide engineering graduate students with knowledge and skills in classroom testing and program evaluation;
- Provide engineering graduate students with knowledge of pedagogical skills that can be applied to university-level instruction;
- Provide engineering graduate students with the skills to apply knowledge of learning theory, pedagogical theory and measurement theory in an authentic university setting.
This certificate program provides joint mentorship from College of Applied Studies and College of Engineering faculty members. Students who plan to apply for university teaching positions after graduation need to be competitive in a market that demands good teaching as well as good research. The engineering education certificate will give WSU graduates a competitive edge.
The 15-credit-hour graduate certificate program in Higher Education Leadership is designed to prepare current and prospective college or university staff members for entry to mid-level positions as administrators in two- and four-year colleges and universities; policy makers and student affairs professionals in higher education; and to provide selected coursework/degrees for individuals currently in the field. Graduates of the program are prepared to function effectively in a variety of leadership positions at two- and four-year institutions of higher education. In addition, this program enables working professionals in higher education to increase their skills, knowledge and abilities to compete for professional positions of increasing responsibility and scope. This graduate certificate can be earned in conjunction with an existing master’s degree program or taken for postbachelor's or postmaster’s degree credit. Students who complete the postbachelor's graduate certificate are eligible to apply for a higher education or counseling master's degree program in ISLE. Students who complete the postmaster's graduate certificate are eligible to apply for the EdD in Educational Leadership.
The School Counselor to CMHC graduate certificate program provides students in the
48-credit hour school counseling track and school counseling practitioners the opportunity
to obtain the courses needed to meet the academic requirements of the Licensed Professional
Counselor (LPC) license in Kansas. The certificate provides the course work for students
who are attending the 48-hour school counseling degree track, WSU alumni who have
graduated from the degree track and wish to return to WSU for the LPC educational
requirements, or other school counselors who wish to pursue LPC coursework. LPC licensure
will have the potential to provide additional career opportunities and promotions
to the students who hold the certificate. Students with degrees less than 48 hours
may be required to take additional courses beyond this certificate to meet the 60
credit hours required for LPC licensure by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory
Board (BSRB). Students with a bachelor's degree who may have an interest in the counseling
profession or practicing mental health professionals who may want professional development
and/or an additional credential are also eligible for admission into this program.
Clinical Mental Health Counselor to School Counselor graduate certificate program provides students in the 60-credit hour clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) track, former students who have graduated from the CMHC degree track, and Licensed Professional Counselor practitioners the opportunity to obtain the courses needed to meet the academic requirements for school counselor license in Kansas. School counseling licensure will have the potential to provide additional career opportunities and promotion to the students who hold the certificate. Students with degrees less than 60 hours may be required to take additional courses beyond this certificate to meet the credit hours required for licensure by the Kansas State Department Education licensing requirements for school counselors in Kansas.
The Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Certificate prepares a variety of school and community professionals with the knowledge and experience needed to better understand human behavior and to positively impact a wide spectrum of individuals with specific behavioral needs. The interdisciplinary nature of this certificate program exists in the space where students and instructors from a variety of educational backgrounds, experiences, fields, and/or disciplines come together to learn about the science of behavior analysis and then explore how to apply it ethically across multiple settings.
This online program provides leaders with professional skills and knowledge based
on core coaching competencies and guidelines to design effective mentoring and coaching
programs. Depending on courses chosen by students pursuing this certificate, earning
the certificate may permit a student to pursue a Master's Degree in the College of
Applied Studies in the School of Education or ISLE department. Students may be able
to apply some certificate courses toward their master's degree. The certificate can
also be added to existing graduate credentials.
The WSU Reading Specialist advanced program will allow you, through authentic, research-based activities, to make a positive difference in the lives of readers. When you complete the program, you will be eligible for a professional license in the Reading Specialist area.
The graduate certificate in Literacy provides graduate level studies in literacy for educators who wish to a) advance their knowledge and skills of teaching literacy in the classroom, and b) integrate literacy into all content areas. It provides advanced study for teachers and educators seeking lead positions in buildings where literacy is a focus for federal legislation and state accreditation. The certificate will allow those completing the Reading Specialist program to be eligible for the graduate certificate, however, it does not prepare a student for licensure in the area of reading or literacy.