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Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs - Procedure

Procedure for Programs and Curriculum Policy GCAC-212

Policy

GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs

Procedure

The postbaccalaureate or graduate credit certificate must be submitted by the program in the Curriculum Review & Consultation System (CRCS). Using the template found at the link below, the program also must develop the Bulletin listing for the certificate. In CRCS, at Step 5 Request Consultation, use the File Upload tool to attach the proposed Bulletin listing for the certificate. The certificate will be routed to the college/school administrator for graduate education (e.g., the college associate dean for graduate education) for approval, after which it will be forwarded to the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School for final release.

Template for Bulletin listing postbaccalaureate and graduate credit certificates (DOC)

A Graduate Certificate Assessment Plan must also be uploaded with all certificate proposals. A template for the Graduate Certificate Assessment Plan can be obtained through your College Dean's office, or by contacting the Director of Graduate Council Administration. The certificate learning objectives, curriculum map, and annual assessment plan should be in compliance with University guidelines. Please contact the Learning Outcomes Assessment Office for questions or assistance in completing the Graduate Certificate Assessment Plan at Loa@psu.edu or 814-863-8721.

Postbaccalaureate and graduate credit certificate program descriptions must adhere to the following standard format for inclusion in the Graduate Bulletin:

  • Name of the postbaccalaureate or graduate credit certificate program (note that the name of the certificate program should not include the words "certificate" or "postbaccalaureate/graduate") and number of credits.
  • Unit and college/school offering the certificate.
  • Person in charge of the postbaccalaureate or credit certificate program and contact information (mailing address, telephone and fax number, email address).
  • Brief description of the certificate program including purpose and objectives (maximum of 1000 characters, including spaces).
  • Specific requirements (must include completion of an appropriate baccalaureate degree as described above) for admission into the postbaccalaureate or graduate credit certificate program, as applicable.
  • List of existing, permanent courses included in the certificate program, including course designation (abbreviation and number), title, and number of credits. Courses not previously approved through the appropriate University Faculty Senate or Graduate Council curricular review process and temporary courses [e.g., special topics courses] cannot be listed in a certificate offering. Courses will be linked to the online master course listing for a complete description of each course in the Graduate Bulletin.
  • Effective semester and expiration semester (note the 5-year sunset clause) of the postbaccalaureate or graduate credit certificate program.

Revision History

Approved January 2009
Editorial and administrative procedural revisions, November 2011
Editorial and administrative procedural revisions, June 2013
Editorial revisions, December 2014
Editorial and administrative procedural revisions, July 2016
Editorial revisions, January 2017

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