Department of Educational Specialties
Career and Technical Education, Graduate Certificate
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What Can I Do with a Certificate in Career and Technical Education?
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- Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.
No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.
No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.
A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.
A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.
A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.
Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.
- Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program). See the “Details” tab for additional information.
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In addition to University Requirements:
- Complete individual plan requirements.
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
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The purpose of the Certificate in Career and Technical Education, is to provide professional knowledge courses for those with occupation specific knowledge and skills. The certificate program combines fundamental career and technical education theory with professional knowledge for developing and delivering occupational training in a variety of educational settings. It is ideal for those who seek professional advancement in the field of career and technical education or who require professional knowledge courses for certification renewal. Certificate completers will have the knowledge and ability to plan, develop, deliver, and assess instruction in their occupational area.
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Students will demonstrate understanding of the foundations of Career and Technical Education
- Demonstrate familiarity and understanding of the Career and Technical Education terminology and legal definitions
- Explain functional, historical, and philosophical contexts of Career and Technical Education
- Research and describe through verbal presentations current critical issues within the field
- Develop a personal philosophy of Career and Technical Education
- Demonstrate ability to pre-assess prior knowledge to plan for effective instruction
- Select materials, methods, and resources to meet instructional goals
- Demonstrate ability to employ a variety of teaching methods to effectively engage learners
- Evaluate learning, provide appropriate feedback to learners, and objectively judge effectiveness of content delivery methods
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Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
- NAU Graduate Online application is required for all programs. Details on admission requirements are included in the online application.
- Undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A"), or the equivalent.
- Admission to many graduate programs is on a competitive basis, and programs may have higher standards than those established by the Graduate College.
- For details on graduate admission policies, please visit the Graduate Admissions Policy
- International applicants have additional admission requirements. Please see the International Graduate Admissions Policy
Individual program admission requirements include:
- Responses to specific essay questions
Take the following 15 units with a minimum GPA of 3.0:
- CTE Core: CTE 592, CTE 591 (6 units)
- CTE Methods: CTE 465 or CTE 565 (3 units)
- Additional units of CTE professional courses chosen with your advisor (6 units)
This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate. Federal financial aid cannot be used if the certificate is completed as a stand-alone certificate.
Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.