Nov 24, 2020  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Academic Advising [Graduate Certificate]

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

Program Admission

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission an applicant must:

  1. Complete the Graduate School Application. All admission materials are submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  2. Have earned a valid undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution of higher education.
  3. International students must meet the following additional criteria; an official score report from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Test System (IELTS) or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) must be sent by the testing service directly to the University. Student score reports, faxes or photocopies will not be considered official. Minimum scores for admission is 550 (Paper-based Test), or 79 (Internet-based Test) for the TOEFL; 77 on MELAB; or 6.5 (or higher) on the IELTS. If the TOEFL is taken, the Test of Written English (TWE) is also required. A conditional admission may be available to those students falling just below the minimum score requirements. 
  4. Applicants must have a 2.70 undergraduate GPA or a 3.0 GPA in the second half of the undergraduate program. A 3.3 GPA or better on a previous graduate degree.
  5. Applicants must submit recommendation forms from two professional supervisors and/or supervising professors that address the quality of the applicant’s professional work. The completed forms are due within the online Application for Graduate Admissions. By entering the recommenders email address within the online application, they will be able to upload a letter and the required recommendation form directly to your application. The recommendation form must come directly from your reference.
  6. Applicants must submit a resume detailing their professional and educational experiences.
  7. Applicants must submit the Application for Graduate Admission form. 
  8. 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. 

Admission Process

The admission process for the certificate is as follows:

  1. Completed applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  2. The Office of Admissions will receive and gather ALL required documents. Completed applications that contain the required GPAs, confidential appraisal forms and the résumé will be forwarded to the coordinator of advising for the educational leadership program.
  3. Completed applications will be reviewed by the faculty review committee. Those applicants who have submitted acceptable GPAs, résumé, recommendations and personal statement will be admitted, assigned an advisor and invited for an advising interview. An application may be deemed “questionable” due to a combination of low GPA, fair or poor recommendations, poor writing ability and/or statements that are inconsistent with the student’s goals as an administrator. These “questionable” applications will be reviewed by the full faculty, giving special consideration to the life experiences, verbal skills, writing skills, educational background, and GPAs.
  4. Those persons whose applications are accepted will be notified.
  5. All decisions by the faculty regarding admissions are final.

Department Information

Leadership & Counseling | Raul Leon Ph.D., Interim Department Head | 304 Porter, 734.487.0255,

Advisor Information

Please contact the department for advisor information.

Degree Requirements: 15-17 hours

Additional Information

Course Substitutions/Program Changes - The advisor must approve changes in the student’s official program and substitution of courses before registration.

Courses Outside the Program - The Program faculty have prepared a suggested list of courses. Other courses may be used for electives in this area if they are approved by the student’s advisor.

Internships - Information is available from the director of the intern program or at Internship placements should be arranged at least one semester in advance and must be approved by the internship director.

For more information about the program, admissions, etc., contact the department head or visit