Graduate Certificate in Foundations in Higher Education



The Foundations in Higher Education certificate is designed for those interested in transitioning to or advancing their career in higher education. The candidate must hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Candidates study research-based best practices and will develop the knowledge and skills to understand and navigate higher education environments.


Courses are available fully online.


Outcomes Assessment

Multiple assessments are used to determine candidate growth toward achievement of the knowledge and skills described in the Graduate Certificate and the university-wide graduation competencies. Performance-based assessments are used to evaluate projects, assignments, and research papers. Goals, learning outcomes and activities, external assignments, and assessment strategies are linked directly to program and graduation competencies as stated on each course syllabus.

Program Design

Candidates are expected to satisfactorily complete all requirements associated with the Graduate Certificate. The certificate includes 15-credits of content-specific courses related to content knowledge and skills in an interdisciplinary, applied approach. 

Course Requirements

Content Specific Courses (15 credits)

MED 6102 E-Folio

MHE 7100 History of American Higher Education

MHE 7001 Academic Research and Writing

MHE 7101 Equity and Inclusion in Higher Education

MHE 7102 Leadership and Ethical Decision Making in Higher Education

MHE 7103 Current Issues and Financial Trends in Higher Education

Students interested in the Foundations in Higher Education Certificate may start classes at any time.

This information applies to students who enter this degree program during the 2023-2024 Academic Year. If you entered this degree program before the Fall 2022 semester, please refer to the academic catalog for the year you began your degree program.