Undergraduate Educational Certificate Programs

3690.1 Certificate Programs

An educational certificate is regarded nationally as a “credential awarded by a training provider or educational institution based on completion of all requirements for a program of study, including coursework and test or other performance evaluations. Certificates, as an academic award, are not time limited and do not need to be renewed. Most educational certificates are awarded at the sub- baccalaureate level, but a small number are awarded after the completion of a postsecondary degree. Certificates of attendance or participation in a short-term training are not in the definitional scope for educational certificates.”1

Undergraduate certificates at Wright State University are credentials awarded at the end of a clearly defined program of study. An undergraduate educational certificate program at Wright State University should include between 12 and 21 semester hours.2 A minimum of 12 semester credit hours must be 2000+ level standard academic letter grade coursework.

As with two and four-year degree programs, certificate programs at Wright State University are expected to have specific and measurable program educational objectives and student learning objectives. The certificate program of study should measurably engender achievement of these objectives. Certificate programs are designed and approved by academic units using the faculty governance mechanisms that approve and oversee degree programs of study. Similarly, certificate programs are subject to the same internal and external oversight and approval mechanisms used to approve and update associate and baccalaureate programs of study. Successful completion of a certificate program of study will be noted on the permanent record.

Students must apply and be accepted to undergraduate certificate programs of study in much the same way that they are expected to apply for associate and baccalaureate degree programs of study. Each certificate program must specify any formal requirements for admission. A student may pursue an undergraduate certificate as (A) an exclusive non-degree program of study, (B) a dual program of study in conjunction with an associate or baccalaureate degree, or (C) a non-degree program of study taken after the awarding of a previous associate or baccalaureate degree. In each case, the certificate credential is awarded on the completion of the certificate program of study.

Courses taken in a certificate program of study are subject to the same regulations on course grade replacement, probation, dismissal, etc. as courses taken in a degree program of study. If not otherwise prohibited, courses taken in a certificate program may be applied (double-counted) to a subsequent or concurrently awarded degree program of study without penalty. Conversely, courses taken as part of a completed two or four-year program may be counted towards an undergraduate certificate program of study, within the limitations of the certificate residency requirement.

Residency requirement for earning an undergraduate educational certificate: A minimum of 9 semester credit hours must be earned at Wright State University in a program of study approved by the department/unit overseeing the certificate. Credit by evaluation or transfer credit will not be considered as residency credit. Credits earned prior to the awarding of a previous degree, including degrees earned at Wright State, will not be considered as residency credit. Credits earned as part of a concurrently awarded degree may be considered as residency credit.

1 S. Bielick, S. Cronen, C. Stone, J. Montaquila, and S. Roth, The Adult Training and Education Survey (ATES) Pilot Study: Technical Report (NCES 2013-190), p. 4, U.S. Department of Education. Washington, DC: National Center for Education Statistics, 2013, retrieved March 31, 2014, from <http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2013/2013190.pdf>.

2 This limitation is consistent with the requirement that graduate certificate programs of 21 semester hours or more be approved by the Ohio Board of Regents. Although no such regulations exist for undergraduate certificate programs, this limitation suggests a reasonable cap on undergraduate certificate programs.