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African Studies

The African Studies certificate is designed as a multidisciplinary course of study to enhance understanding of the African continent, its people and cultures. The 18-hour program is open to all students enrolled at CSU in good standing and pursing a baccalaureate degree. Requirements include:

  • ANTH 3125, "People and Cultures of Africa;"
  • Three semester hours of an indigenous African language (e.g. SWAH 1001) or demonstration of proficiency above the intermediate level in an indigenous African Language(**); or Arabic in the absence of the availability locally of an indigenous African language and when approved by the African Studies Committee;
  • 12 semester hours from the following: (Note: no more than 6 semester hours of any language or from any one discipline may be included):
    • ANTH/SOCI 3225 Model African Union
    • BIOL 5535 (selected topic-The Ecology of Sub-Saharan Africa)
    • BUSA 3135 International Business*
    • FREN 4555 (selected topic-Francophone African Literature)
    • POLS 3555 (selected topic-Politics of Developing Nations*)
    • POLS 3555 (selected topic-African Political Economy)
    • SOCI 3107 African Women and Development
    • SOCI 3120 Educational Development in Africa
    • Up to 6 semester hours of an African Language (indigenous African languages or the non-indigenous African languages of Arabic, French, Spanish, or Portuguese)
    • Independent Study relevant to African Studies for a max of 3 sem hours*
    • Other Selected Topics Courses with significant Africa-related content*
    • Any courses offered through the University System of Georgia's Online African Studies Certificate program.*
    • A maximum of nine semester hours may be awarded for courses taken at other institutions that are deemed equivalent to CSU offerings.*

(*) Approval must be granted by the African Studies Coordinator, or in his/her absence, by the Director of the Center for International Education, upon verification of the significant Africa-related content of the course.

(**) Native speakers can sign up for FLAP credit of 6 or 9 units depending on the requirement in their major. They can earn credit through either 2001 or 2002 of the relevant language.

Army Medic Health Science

The certificate of Army Medic Health Science is designed as a course of study to enhance the understanding of health sciences from a global and public health perspective. This 17 credit hour program is open to military soldiers who are training as Special Operations Medics at the Ft. Benning military installation in Georgia. Only Army Medics that have prior approval by the Columbus State University's Military Outreach & Support Coordinator may enroll into the program. This certificate is designed to meet the unique academic needs of the Army Medics while accommodating their specialized training in the health service profession. The Army Medics are only in the Ft. Benning area for 6 to 8 weeks. Upon arrival they begin specialized training that is conducted on the military installation with the 75th Ranger Regiment. During this training they complete assigned readings in addition to clinical training that occurs within the regiment and Martin Army Community Hospital among other soldiers that are assigned to the unit. After completion of the local training, the medics transfer to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina for the next phase of intensive training and education. Requirements include: BIOL 1216 Human Biology, ITDS 2106 Medical Terminology 1 (online), ITDS 2108 Medical Terminology 2 (online), HESC 4698 Internship/Clinical, HESC 2015 Personal Health (online option), and HESC 4795 Seminar in Health Science: Topic - Medical Ethics (online).

Artist Diploma Certificate

The Artist Diploma is a unique conservatory-inspired post-baccalaureate program, focused on developing both the artistry and professionalism of gifted young musicians. Candidates for the diploma possess not only great talent, but also the ability and determination to realize that talent in the contemporary musical world. Artist Diploma students focus on performance, deepening their artistry in close collaboration with master teachers. Requirements include: sixteen semester hours of applied music lessons at the 7000 level, four semester hours of ensemble participation at the 7000 level, and four hours of chamber or large ensemble participation at the 6000 level or higher. To qualify for this certificate, students must have completed a bachelor's degree or equivalent in music, as well as a thorough interview process.

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Communication

The certificate in Communication is earned at the end of the successful completion of the first year set of courses in the DN3 Program, and includes four courses in Communication. This is open to all majors in the DN3 Program. This certificate requires that a student be enrolled in the DN3 Program at CSU. Up to 6 hours of transferred coursework may be applied to the certificate, provided the coursework is approved by the department chair. The program is designed for individuals who want to enhance their careers through the development of communication skills.

1. Required Hours: 38

  • ENGL 1101 English Composition 1 (3 credits)
  • ENGL 1102 English Composition 2 (3 credits)
  • CPSC 1105 Introduction to Information Technology (3 credits)
  • MATH 0097/0098/1101 Math Modeling (3 credits)
  • ENVS 1105 Environmental Studies (3 credits)
  • SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • HIST 2111 U.S. History to 1865 (3 credits)
  • POLS 1101 American Government (3 credits)
  • COMM 1110/ITDS 2735/ITDS 2796 Communication; Life and Career Planning; Leadership
  • Development (5 credits)
  • COMM 2105 Interpersonal Communication (3 credits)
  • COMM 2136 Group Communication (3 credits)
  • COMM 2137 Introduction to Mass Communication (3 credits)

Computer Science Undergraduate Research

The Computer Science Undergraduate Research certificate is designed to prepare undergraduate students for the rigors of a graduate program that encompasses a research emphasis. The 15-hour program is especially designed for students wishing to complete their last semester in an undergraduate computer science program that requires a significant research project and who wish to continue into the M.S. in Applied Computer Science. To qualify for this certificate, the students must have finished the equivalent of seven semesters of Computer Science in good standing including courses in data structures, operating systems, databases, computer architectures, and algorithms. Requirements include: CPSC 4205 Senior Project & Portfolio (3 Credits), CPSC 4899 Independent Study (3 Credits), CPSC 4500 Undergraduate Research (6 Credits), and at least one additional three-credit upper division computer science class approved by the School of Computer Science.

 

Criminal Justice

Select thirty hours in CRJU courses as approved by the department chair.
A grade of "C" or better is required in each CRJU course.

Total Hours Required: 30

 

CyberSecurity

This certificate certifies that students have successfully completed a program of  study that meets and/or exceeds the national training and education standards for duties and responsibilities of Information Systems Security Professionals (NSTISSI 4011) set forth and certified by the National Security Agency.

Required Hours: 25

CPSC 1301 Computer Science 1
CPSC 1301L Computer Science 1 Lab
CPSC 1302 Computer Science 2
CPSC 2105 Computer Organization
CPSC 2106 Information Security
CPSC 2108 Data Structures
CPSC 3125 Operating Systems
CPSC 5127U Computer and Network Security
CPSC 5157U Computer Networks

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Enterprise Computing

This certificate prepares students for jobs working with Mainframe computing technologies, including Assembly Language, COBOL, CICS, and JCL

Required Hours: 25

CPSC 1301 Computer Science 1
CPSC 1301L Computer Science 1 Lab
CPSC 1302 Computer Science 2
CPSC 2105 Computer Organization
CPSC 3111 Structured Programming with COBOL 1
CPSC 3112 Structured Programming with COBOL 2
CPSC 3116 Mainframe Basics and JCL
CPSC 3121 Assembly Language Programming 1
CPSC Transaction Processing

European Union

The European Union certificate is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary course of study on the European Union. The target students are those already completing degrees in business, the social sciences, and humanities. Requirements include: EURO 2105, EURO 4795, and 12 semester hours from the following (no more than six hours in any single discipline): ARTH 2126, ARTH 3127, BUSA 3135, ENGL 3140, EURO 3105, HIST 3157, HIST 5137, MGMT 4116, MUSC 3229, PHIL 3125, POLS 3138, POLS 3141, and POLS 4166. Students may also include any special topics courses in any discipline if the content is verified by the Director of the Center for International Education to be primarily European in nature. Most commonly these courses are offered in ARTH, BUSA, ECON, ENGL, HIST, ITDS and POLS. Students must complete HIST 1111 or HIST 1112 and EURO 2105 before entering the certificate program. The EU Certificate may be obtained by students pursuing a degree program or by those who have already completed an undergraduate degree. Students must also complete a study abroad program, overseas research, or an international internship.

F

Film Production

A two-course certificate program which provides an introduction to the skills used in on-set film production, including all forms of narrative media which utilize film-industry standard organizational structure, professional equipment and on-set procedures. Required courses include COMM 1115 and COMM 2498.  Required hours: 18

G

Geographic Information Systems and Science

The GIS certificate is a 15 - credit program open to all majors and non-degree students. The program is designed for individuals who want to enhance their careers or academic studies through a development of spatial reasoning and analysis using academically informed geographic information systems and science. The GIS skills and practices learned in this program equip students to use spatial data in their chosen majors and/or occupations. The award of the certificate means that the holder has completed the required courses and at least three hours of elective courses earning a "B" or better in each course. For courses graded as "Satisfactory/ Unsatisfactory" a "SAT" grade must be earned.

Admission Requirements: 

Prerequisites: GEOG 2215 Introduction to GIS (4)  offered in Fall and Spring Semesters

Required hours: 15

Required Curriculum (12 credit hours)
GEOG 3215 Intermediate GIS (4) offered in Spring Semesters
GEOG 5215U Advanced GIS (4)
offered in Fall Semesters
GEOG 3556/ 5128U Selected Topics in GIS (4)
offered through negotiated independent study

Elective Curriculum (at least 3 credit hours)
GEOG 3556 / 5128U Selected Topics in GIS (3)** offered through negotiated independent study
GEOG 4615 Geography Internship, GIS focus (1 to 6)*** - offered through negotiated contract

Additional GIS - oriented courses approved by the certificate coordinators as they become available will be suitable as elective coursework.****

(*)The required GEOG 3556 / 5128 Selected Topics in GIS requires the student to complete 20 lab modules from ESRI's online selection of GIS labs. The specific modules will be proposed by the student and approved by the instructor. They will be geared towards developing specialized skills in a particular area of GIS of interest to the student. In addition, the student will meet several times with the instructor during the course of the semester to review progress towards completion of the class. In the event that the department offers a class in remote sensing or a class in GIS programming, either will serve as an alternative to the independent study.

(**) The elective GEOG 3556/ 5128 Selected Topics in GIS requires the student to propose an independent study in GIS. GIS classes at CSU are designed to include theory, technique, and application. Students proposing an independent study should clearly identify elements of theory, technique, and their proposals.

(***) There are specific obligations to GEOG 4615 that must be met for the internship, paid or unpaid, to qualify for credit.

(****) As examples of additional GIS course work that would qualify, the department is currently considering extending the GIS curriculum to include a remote sensing class and a GIS programming class.

H

Health Care Informatics

The HIC courses provide hands-on experiences solving current problems in the healthcare industry, including process improvement, project management, systems analysis and design, decision support, database management, and data analysis.

Admission Requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited university
  • Minimum grade point average(GPA) of 3.0 (regular admission) or 2.75(provisional admission)
  • 3 Professional letters of reference

Required courses: (5 courses)

Human Resource Management:

The certificate in Human Resource Management provides the opportunity for students who already hold a bachelor's degree to learn the HR body of knowledge, without the commitment of completing an entire degree. Students who complete this certificate will be exposed to all of the topics needed in order to pass the Professional in Human Resources certification, or to work in an HR department. This certificate requires 15 hours of academic coursework, specifically, the following 5 courses:

  • MSHR 6116 Human Resource Management
  • MSHR 6126 Recruiting and selection
  • MSHR 6136 Employee development
  • MSHR 6146 Performance management and compensation
  • MSHR 6156 Labor relations

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Information Systems Security Officer

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in the core areas of computer science. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take CPSC 6105, and make a grade of B or higher.
  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in computer programming. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take CPSC 6106, and make a grade of B or higher.
  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in computer networking. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take a graduate offering of CPSC 5157 – Computer Networks, and make a grade of B or higher.

Proficiency in each of the above areas may be shown by submitting university transcripts documenting the applicant's previous achievements in the area, such as classes that the applicant has passed with a grade of B or higher. These achievements also include having earned a BS or an MS degree in computer science from an accredited college or university within the previous five years.

Proficiency in programming (item 2), or computer networking (item 3), may be argued for by an applicant by showing evidence of extensive industry experience in developing software, or in network administration.

The admissions committee will evaluate applications for admission to this certificate program, and make decisions on whether a given applicant may be admitted to the program, and on whether a waiver for CPSC 6105, CPSC 6106, or CPSC 5157G should be granted.

Curriculum/Course Requirements

CPSC 6126 (Information Systems Assurance)
CPSC 6136 (Advanced System Security)
CPSC 6157 (Network Management)
CPSC 6159 (Computer Forensics)
CPSC 6167 (Network Risk Assessment)

Note: To qualify for this certificate, the student must obtain a grade of “B” or higher in each of the courses that are required for the certificate

Information Systems Security Professional

Admission Requirements:

  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in the core areas of computer science. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take CPSC 6105, and make a grade of B or higher.
  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in computer programming. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take CPSC 6106, and make a grade of B or higher.
  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in computer networking. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take a graduate offering of CPSC 5157 – Computer Networks, and make a grade of B or higher.

Proficiency in each of the above areas may be shown by submitting university transcripts documenting the applicant's previous achievements in the area, such as classes that the applicant has passed with a grade of B or higher. These achievements also include having earned a BS or an MS degree in computer science from an accredited college or university within the previous five years.

Proficiency in programming (item 2), or computer networking (item 3), may be argued for by an applicant by showing evidence of extensive industry experience in developing software, or in network administration.

The admissions committee will evaluate applications for admission to this certificate program, and make decisions on whether a given applicant may be admitted to the program, and on whether a waiver for CPSC 6105, CPSC 6106, or CPSC 5157G should be granted.

Curriculum

CPSC 5157G (Computer Networks) or CPSC 6157 (Network Management)
CPSC 6126 (Information Systems Assurance)
CPSC 6128 (Network Security)
CPSC 6167 (Network Risk Assessment)

Note: To qualify for this certificate, the student must obtain a grade of “B” or higher in each of the courses that are required for the certificate.

International Studies

Credit Hours Courses Comments
3 INTS 2105: Introduction to International Studies and Cross-Cultural Learning INTS 2105 introduces students to the theory and practice of international studies, globalization and cross-cultural learning. Must be completed before the student has completed 9 credit hours in the certificate. A grade of "C" or better must be earned for this class.
3-6 International Learning Community (ILC) classes OR Lower Level Language courses At least 3 credits must be an ILC course at the 1000 or 2000-level; any lower level language course may substitute for an ILC course.
3-6 Internationally focused upper level classes (3000-5000) These may be an ILC courses or a non-ILC courses if the latter has significant (50% or more) international content. The courses may or may not be in the student's major. Each non-ILC course must be chosen from a pre-approved list or approved by the ISC Coordinator.

ISC students may choose to transform one non-internationally focused upper level course into an ISC course by submitting a proposal to the ISC coordinator. Students may propose any upper level course from their major, minor, or concentration. Proposals must include the following: attendance at ILC events, a project joining international studies with their major, work above and beyond that required in the proposed course, as well as the instructor's approval.

3-6 International experiential learning such as study abroad. The academic coursework may be at any level but must be taken as part of a study abroad program, international internship or service abroad program.
At least 3 credits must be earned through a study abroad program. Non-credit bearing experiences such as international volunteering or participation in an international residence hall may be considered by the ISC coordinator in lieu of the study abroad requirement.
3-4 Capstone Course The ISC capstone course will be in the student's major but will have an international focus. If the student's academic program has a research capstone, this certificate requirement will be fulfilled with an ISC-contract capstone course as part of the student's existing program requirements. In cases where there is no research capstone course in the major, INTS 4xxx: International Studies Certificate Capstone Research will be substituted.
In either case the student must first complete at least 12 hours toward the ISC and must obtain prior approval of the ISC coordinator before enrolling. A grade of "C" or better must be earned for this class.
18   Minimum credit hours required.

Required (5 courses)  

INTS 2105: Introduction to International Studies and Cross-Cultural Learning
International Learning Community (ILC) classes OR lower level language courses
Internationally Focused upper level classes (3000-5000)
International experiential learning such as study abroad
Capstone Course

Center for International Education: International Studies Certificate home page

J

Jazz Studies

The Jazz Studies certificate is designed to offer music students engaged in various fields of study within the Schwob School of Music the opportunity to study and perform jazz. The 12-credit-hour program focuses on development of the ability to play and improvise in various jazz styles, study of jazz history and theory, and exploration of jazz pedagogy techniques. Any instrumental or voice student in any music degree program is eligible for participation regardless of prior jazz performance experience.  The certificate program requires 12 hours of coursework, including MUSC1221, Jazz Theory/Improvisation 1 (2 credits); MUSC1222, Jazz Theory/Improvisation 2 (2 credits); MUSC3230, History of Jazz (3 credits); MUSE2265, Jazz and Vernacular Music Methods (1 credit); and either two semesters of MUSP1060, Jazz Band (2 credits), and two semesters of MUSP1358 (2 credits), Jazz Workshop, or one semester of MUSP1060 (1 credit) and three semesters of MUSP1358 (3 credits).

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Latin American Studies

The Latin American Studies certificate is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary course of study on Latin America. Students from all majors with a minimum 2.80 GPA are eligible to participate. Requirements include: six hours of Spanish or French at the 3000 level, or demonstration of proficiency above the intermediate level in Spanish, French, Portuguese, Haitian Creole or Quechua; ITDS 2107 or SPAN 3175; and nine semester hours from the following (no more than three hours from the student's major): ANTH 5305U, ANTH 5515U, ANTH 5555U, ARTH 3555, BUSA 3135, COMM 4555, ECON 3165, HIST 3135, HIST 3136, HIST 3137, HIST 5535U, ITDS 1156 ,ITDS 2107, MGMT 4116, POLS 3146, POLS 3555, SPAN 2002, SPAN 3150, SPAN 3160, SPAN 3170, SPAN 3175, SPAN 3177, SPAN 4116, SPAN 4120 AND SPAN 5555U. Students must complete 30 semester hours of credit at a four-year institution or 15 semester hours at a two-year institution, and ITDS 2107 or SPAN 3175 before applying to enroll in the certificate program. Courses that are to be applied toward the Certificate must have a minimum of 25% Latin American content. All coursework for the Certificate must be approved by the certificate coordinator or the Director of the Center for International Education. The Certificate in Latin American Studies must be taken in conjunction with a baccalaureate degree program. For more information, contact the Center for International Education.

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Marriage and Family Therapy

(Not currently admitting students)

The online post-graduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy will provide students documentation of having completed a program of instruction in marriage and family therapy at the graduate level. Completion of the certificate program will enable graduates to integrate academic knowledge of marriage and family therapy into their own disciplinary field and/or work situation. The certificate program will allow graduates to accumulate specific academic knowledge that can be applied to a wide- ranging client base throughout helping professions..

Students will be expected to successfully complete 21 semester hours in order to be awarded the Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT). Students should choose 3 MFT therapy courses, 3 MFT studies courses and the course in MFT ethics. Additional coursework is recommended, but not required. The list of MFT courses are as follows:

MFT Therapy Courses (9 hours required)
COUN 7285
COUN 7275
COUN 7286
COUN 7288

MFT Studies Courses (9 hours required)
COUN 7185
COUN 7215
COUN 6175
COUN 6105
COUN 6555

MFT Ethics (3 hours required)
COUN 7216

Mathematics

The certificate in Mathematics is designed for students who wish to show potential employers that they have achieved a very high level of education and experience with mathematics. This can be used as a stand-alone certificate or in combination with a bachelor's degree program. Requires nine semester hours (3 courses) of MATH coursework at the 3000-level or higher, plus the relevant prerequisite courses.

Required Hours: 18

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

The certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies is designed to encourage the pursuit of interdisciplinary work among several departments in the subject area of medieval and early modern European society and culture. The Certificate requires six courses (18 credits) in the medieval and early modern European period according to the following distributional requirements. Students must take HIST 3156 as part of the certificate. All certificate students must receive a C or better to receive credit for a course taken to fulfill the certificate requirements. Students interested in the certificate should contact the certificate coordinator and investigate the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program at http://medren.columbusstate.edu/

Required Hours: 18

Required (5 courses)
HIST 3156 Intro to European History II, Medieval and Early Modern

Electives (5 courses) Must choose at least three areas of study.
ARTH 3115 Medieval Art and Architecture
ARTH 3117 Italian Renaissance
ARTH 3118 Northern Renaissance
ARTH 3126 Baroque Art and Architecture in Italy and Spain
ENGL 3135 Medieval Literature in Britain
ENGL 3136 Renaissance Literature in Britain
ENGL 4105 Shakespeare to 1600
ENGL 4106 Shakespeare after 1600
ENGL 4555 Selected Authors
ENGL 5166 History of the English Language
ENGL 5187 Old English
ENGL 5545 Advanced Topics in Literature, Writing and Theory
FREN 3125 Survey of French and Francophone Literature: Middle Ages-18th Century
HIST 3155 Intro to European History I, Ancient and Medieval
HIST 3555 History Topics
HIST 5139 Convivencia: Muslim, Jews, and Christians in Medieval Spain
HIST 5575 Selected Topics in European History (topic specific to area)
MUSC 3228 Music History to Mozart
PHIL 3115 Ancient-Medieval Philosophy
SPAN 4115 Survey of Spanish Literature
SPAN 4117 Spanish Golden Age Theatre
THEA 3175 Theatre History/Literature 1: Greeks to Renaissance
THEA 3176 Theatre History/Literature 2: Renaissance to Romanticism

Recommended Language Study: While foreign language study is not required for the Certificate, all candidates are encouraged to enhance the work they can do in Medieval Studies by acquiring a reading knowledge of a modern or historical European language as early as possible. Studying Latin in addition is strongly recommended for those who plan to do graduate work in the field.

Modeling and Simulation

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in the core areas of computer science. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take CPSC 6105, and make a grade of B or higher.
  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in computer programming. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take CPSC 6106, and make a grade of B or higher.
  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in calculus. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take an undergraduate course in calculus and make a grade of C or higher
  • Applicants must show evidence that they are proficient in statistics. Should an applicant not be able to provide such evidence, the admissions committee may require the applicant to take an undergraduate course in statistics and make a grade of C or higher.

Proficiency in each of the above areas may be shown by submitting university transcripts documenting the applicant's previous achievements in the area, such as classes that the applicant has passed with a grade of B or higher (or C or higher for calculus and statistics). These achievements also include having earned a BS or an MS degree in computer science from an accredited college or university within the previous five years.

Proficiency in programming (item 2) may be argued for by an applicant by showing evidence of extensive industry experience in developing software.

The admissions committee will evaluate applications for admission to each of the above certificate programs, and make decisions on whether a given applicant may be admitted to the program, and on whether a waiver for CPSC 6105, CPSC 6106, calculus, and/or statistics should be granted.

Curriculum

  • Required Courses
    • CPSC 6107 (Survey of Modeling and Simulation)
    • CPSC 6142 (Systems Simulation)
  • Choose 3 of the following
    • CPSC 5125 (Computer Graphics)
    • CPSC 6118 (Human-Computer Interface Development)
    • CPSC 6143 (Simulation Project)
    • CPSC 6147 (Computer Visualization)
    • CPSC 6148 (Simulation and Gaming)

Note: To qualify for this graduate certificate, students must obtain a grade of "B" or better in all courses taken towards this certificate program.

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Nurse Educator

The Nurse Educator certificate program applicants must have an earned master's degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program. The certificate may be earned in a minimum of 2 semesters. Internet access is required as all of the coursework is provided online. The concentration of study will focus on preparing nurses to facilitate learning in various environments through the application of knowledge in instructional design, curriculum development, technology utilization, and evaluation of learning. Although the educator courses will be taught online the transitioning into the educator role course will require one-on-one shadowingwith experienced nursing faculty in the community in which the student resides.

Admission Requirements:

  • Must have an earned master's degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (regular admission) or 2.75 (provisional admission)
  • Current unrestricted licensure to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in the United States and evidence of licensure in the state in which the practice will occur.
  • 3 Professional letters of reference

Required courses:

O

Online Teaching

The Online Teaching certificate is designed to prepare students to design and teach content in online and/or blended environments. This is a stand alone certificate that does not require a student to be enrolled in a degree program at CSU; some or all of the courses may be applied toward a degree as electives with advisor approval. The program consists of 12 hours of coursework and includes field experiences in virtual environments. For more information contact the Department of Teacher Education.

Admission Requirements for Graduate Level Certificate:

  • The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited United States institution, or the equivalent from an international institution.
  • The applicant must be in academic good standing at the institution last attended.
  • The applicant must file an official application and related documents with the Columbus State University (CSU) Admission Office.
  • The applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 2.75 (for regular admission) or 2.5 (for provisional admission) on all undergraduate work at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a baccalaureate degree.
  • The applicant must have a GPA of a least 3.0 on all graduate coursework at an accredited United States institution in fulfillment of the requirements for a graduate degree.
  • The applicant must be recommended by the graduate faculty in the applicant's area of study, Applicants must contact the departments to which they seek admission for information concerning program specific requirements that may include prerequisite coursework.

Required Hours: 12
ONTL 6205 Foundations of Online Teaching and Learning
ONTL 6206 Effective Online Instructional Practices
ONTL 6207 Integrating Mobile Technologies into Learning Environments
ONTL 6499 Implementation and Assessment of Online Teaching and Learning

P

Professional Writing

The Professional Writing certificate is a seven course, eighteen-credit program open to all majors and to non-degree students. This is a stand-alone certificate that does not require a student to be enrolled in a degree program at CSU. Up to 6 hours of transferred coursework may be applied to the certificate, provided the coursework is approved by the department chair. The program is designed for individuals who want to enhance their careers through a development of writing skills. The prerequisites to take courses in this certificate program are ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102.

1. Required Hours: 18

2. Required Courses (Choose 6 courses):

ENGL 3126 Feature Writing
ENGL 3128 Editorial and Opinion Writing
ENGL 3155 News Writing
ENGL 3156 Advertising Writing
ENGL 3158 Writing in the Workplace
ENGL 3171 Digital Rhetoric and Web Site Design
ENGL 3172Writing, Communities, and New Media
ENGL 3176 Print Design
ENGL 5149U Grant Writing
ENGL 5155U Theories of Rhetoric
ENGL 5167U English Grammar

 

Robotics

The Robotics certificate is a seven course, twenty-one credit program open to all majors and to non-degree students. This is a stand-alone certificate that does not require a student to be enrolled in a degree program at CSU. The program is designed to instruct students on the design, construction and programming of robotic and automated systems.

Required Hours: 21

CPSC 1301 Computer Science 1
CSPC 1301L Computer Science 1 Lab
CPSC 3555 Special Topics in Computer Science (Robotics)
ENGR 2202 Robotics Engineering 2
ENGR 2206 Digital Logic
ENGR 2255 Engineering Graphics and Computer Aided Design
PHYS 1111 Introductory Physics 1 

Servant Leadership

The certificate in Servant Leadership provides the opportunity for students who already hold a bachelor's degree to learn the theory and practice of Servant Leadership, and some valuable tools for the application of these concepts to a work setting, without the commitment of completing an entire degree. This certificate requires 15 hours of academic coursework, specifically, the following 5 courses:

  • MSSL 6117 Foundations in Servant Leadership
  • MSSL 6127 Contemporary Issues in Servant Leadership
  • MSSL 6137 Coaching
  • MSSL 6147 Developing an Organizational Culture of Servant Leadership
  • MSSL 6157 Organizational Ethics and Values

S

Social Media

The certificate in Social Media is a joint proposal from the Turner College of Business and the Department of Communication in the College of the Arts. The purpose is to provide students and marketing and communications professionals in the region with the knowledge and skills necessary to excel in a rapidly growing new field of social media marketing and communication. The certificate requires total of 15 hours of course work:

15 semester hours:

T

TESOL

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate is designed to prepare students to teach English as a second or foreign language, either in the United States or abroad. Any student admitted and enrolled in an undergraduate (U) or graduate (G) degree program at CSU is eligible to participate. The program consists of the following 18 hours of coursework: ENGL 5148U/G, ENGL 5147U/G, ENGL 5165U/G, ENGL 5167U/G, ENGL 5168U/G and ENGL 5169U/G. A grade of C or better is required in each course. For more information, contact Department of English.

Required Hours: 18
ENGL 5147U/G Language Acquisition
ENGL 5148U/G Sociolinguistics
ENGL 5165U/G Introduction to Linguistics
ENGL 5167U/G English Grammar
ENGL 5168U/G TESL Methods
ENGL 5169U/G Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Practicum

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Web Development

This certificate prepares students for creating both front-end and back-end components of a web-based solution using HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, PHP, and relational databases. 

Required Hours: 19
CPSC 1301 Computer Science 1
CPSC 1301L Computer Science 1 Lab
CPSC 1302 Computer Science 2
CPSC 2125 Internet Programming
CPSC 3105 Digital Multimedia Development
CPSC 3131 Database Systems 1
CPSC 4125 Server-Side Web Development