Certificates and Credentials
New certificate programs, or changes to existing certificate programs
Certificates that include degree credit courses are listed in the University Catalog and must be approved by the chair or director, college dean, appropriate AVP, and the Undergraduate or Graduate Studies Committee. (Academic senate policy S13-10)
Certificates including non-degree credit courses that are to be listed in the Special Session Catalog must be approved by the Chair, Dean, appropriate AVP and the dean/AVP of the College of International & Extended Studies.
To propose a certificate, departments should follow the certificate proposal guidelines(DRAFT). A Certificate Proposal Form, a certificate template with required coursework, a short memo justifying the certificate program and the associated assessment plan are all part of the proposal process.
New or Modified Credential/Subject Matter Preparation Programs
Proposals for a new credential or subject matter preparation program (diversified and single subject) follow the same campus procedures as required for a new degree, except that, following approval by the dean of the college that oversees the proposal, it is forwarded to UGS and then to the Curriculum & Research Committee. Also, the Chancellor's Office is not required to authorize a new credential or subject matter program, and the academic master plan is not changed. The proposal is forwarded by the Provost to the President, who requests approval by the State Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Notification of approval by CTC is usually sent to the Provost, who forwards it to the Dean of the College of Education and to the Dean of the college that proposed the program. Notification must also be forwarded to the AVP for UGS (who notifies the Chancellor's Office). Copies of the CTC approval will also be sent to the Department by UGS.