Graduate certificate programs are designed for post-baccalaureate, graduate, or post-graduate students. See Programs: Graduate Certificates for course requirements and links to application instructions. A graduate certificate typically requires at least 12-15 credit hours of work past the bachelor’s degree, but no more than 20 hours.
After completing the prescribed set of coursework, students receive a graduate certificate rather than a degree. Completion of the certificate is indicated on the UNL graduate transcript.
Graduate certificate programs may function independently of degree programs. Hours earned in certificate programs may be applied to a degree program.
State Certifications for Educators
Educator certifications — in particular, the Teaching Certificate (initial or renewal), Administrative Certificate (initial or renewal), and various endorsements — are granted by the State of Nebraska's Department of Education rather than by UNL.
Educational Administration and Supervision
The Department of Educational Administration offers a graduate-level administrator preparation program leading to a Certificate of Specialization in Educational Administration and Supervision (EDAS-SXCT). The minimum requirement is 66 semester credit hours, in a Program of Studies specified by the Department.
Requirements for the student:
- Apply for admission as indicated for Educational Administration, get and accept an offer of admission to the program, and enroll.
- Complete certificate requirements within six consecutive calendar years of acceptance into the program. At the time of completion, none of the credit hours approved may be more than ten years old, except for hours earned in a previous degree program.
- Apply for graduation via MyRED. Once all requirements are complete, the department will notify Graduate Studies so the student may receive the certificate through Graduation Services.