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Student Affairs in Higher Education Graduate Certificate

The certificate program is designed primarily for:

  • Student affairs personnel already in the field, who may or may not have an advanced degree, but do not have professional educational preparation in student affairs and
  • Those with an advanced degree who may not yet be employed in the field, but aspire to be.

Certificate learning objectives

Shaped by faculty and practicing student affairs professionals, the certificate program aims to prepare professionals who:

  • Are knowledgeable about student learning and development,
  • Are committed to meeting the needs of diverse learners,
  • Collaborate with faculty and other campus colleagues to shape support services and campus environments that enhance student learning and development.
  • Support professional decisions by applying research findings and theoretical frameworks to local contexts,
  • Continually strive to improve practice through assessment of student outcomes

Certificate curriculum (18 credits total)

For the convenience of our diverse student body, students can choose to take these certificates in two ways: 

  • Distance option - completely online course or taught as a hybrid course on Saturday enabling students who live at a distance to participate.
  • On-Campus option - weekly face to face or hybrid course (alternative one week of face to face meetings with one week of online work) for students who are in Portland and prefer this modality.

Distance schedule

Course
Credits 
Fall 
Winter 
Spring 
Summer 
Required courses
ELP 525 Student Services in Higher Education 4
Online 
Hybrid/
Saturday 
ELP 526 Facilitating Student Success 4

 Online  Hybrid/
Saturday
ELP 527 Legal Issues in Higher Education 4 Hybrid/
Saturday
   
Elective courses (Choose one)
Any ELP course 511-599 can count as an elective. Refer to the PACE Planning and Course Guide for current offerings and delivery formats (online, hybrid, F2F).
Culminating experience
ELP 506 Culminating Project (Self-Directed Learning Experience) 2  Online Online Online Online 

 

On-campus schedule

Course
Credits 
Fall 
Winter 
Spring 
Summer 
Required courses
ELP 525 Student Services in Higher Education 4 F2F

Hybrid 
ELP 526 Facilitating Student Success 4
F2F   Hybrid
ELP 527 Legal Issues in Higher Education 4 Hybrid    F2F
Elective courses (Choose one)
Any ELP course 511-599 can count as an elective. Refer to the PACE Planning and Course Guide for current offerings and delivery formats (online, hybrid, F2F).
Culminating experience
ELP 506 Culminating Project (Self-Directed Learning Experience) 2  F2F F2F F2F F2F

    For information about the PACE Master's degree, please visit pdx.edu/elp/pace-mams-program-study.


    Length of program

     Intended time to complete: 3 terms

    Employment

     Jobs related to this program
    Education administrators, postsecondary: 11-9033
    Education administrators, all other: 11-9039

    Contact

    Karen Haley
    Student Affairs in Higher Educationn graduate certificate coordinator
    khaley@pdx.edu                 
    503-725-8270
    1-800-547-8887 ext. 58270

    Click here for information on available scholarships, financial aid, and estimated program costs.