Sep 17, 2019  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Academic Advising Certificate Program (AA)

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The purpose of the academic advising certificate is to educate and train individuals to improve their academic advising knowledge, skills, and attitudes and potentially increase college student success and graduation.

Using the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) core values and the Council for Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) for academic advising, the EDLD faculty incorporated the major national goals for academic advisors.

Upon completion of this certification program, students will demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Promote student growth and development

  • Discuss and clarify educational, career, and personal goals

  • Understand the institutional, general education, and major requirements of an institution

  • Advise on the selection of appropriate course and other educational experiences

  • Understand institutional policies and procedures

  • Evaluate and monitor student academic progress and the impact on achievement of goals

  • Direct students with educational, career, or personal concerns, or skill or learning deficiencies to other resources and programs on a campus

  • Knowledge of and refer to educational, institutional, and community resources and activities (e.g. internship, study abroad, honors, service-learning, research opportunities)

  • Knowledge of relevant data about student needs, preferences and performance for use in institutional decisions and policy

  • Knowledge of latest technology for delivery of advising information

Admission Requirements
For admission an applicant must:

  1. Complete the Graduate School Application. All admission materials are submitted through the Graduate Admissions Office.

  2. Have earned a valid undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution of higher education.

  3. International students must have a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 80 on the Michigan English Language Ability Battery (MELAB). International students must also submit a minimum score of 230 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE).

  4. Applicants must have a 2.50 undergraduate GPA or a 2.75 GPA in the second half of the undergraduate program. A 3.0 GPA or better on a previous graduate degree.

  5. Submit recommendations from two professional supervisors and/or supervising professors that can address the quality of the applicant’s professional work. Applicants may receive these forms from the department office. Recommendation forms are submitted with the Graduate School Application.

  6. Applicants must submit a resume detailing their professional and educational experiences.

  7. Complete a personal statement describing the reasons to pursue a graduate certificate program in academic advising including career and educational goals. The essay must be a minimum of 250 words and will be reviewed as an indicator of writing ability.


Advisor Information:

Elizabeth Broughton, Ed.D.
304 Porter


Jaclynn Tracy, Ph.D.
304 Porter Building



Department Electives: 1-3 hours

Certificate Total: 15-17 hours

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