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Why the Academic Advising Certificate

Studying in the Academic Advising Certificate program addresses the growing demand for qualified advisors in higher education institutions, aligning with the increasing focus on student success. The program equips students with the necessary skills to navigate the evolving landscape of higher education, providing personalized guidance in complex academic structures, including:


A potential student for the Academic Advising Certificate program is an individual with a genuine interest in helping others navigate their academic journey and succeed in higher education. This person may have academic interests aligned with understanding and facilitating student success, as well as a passion for mentorship and student development. The potential student could be someone who enjoys contributing to the educational success of others and is interested in the field of academic advising. Additionally, individuals with possible hobbies or career interests related to mentorship, educational support and navigating academic structures would find this program particularly appealing.

The certificate courses will be taught by faculty in the Eriksson College of Education, as well as expert staff members working in academic advising and relevant fields who hold a doctoral degree.

The program offers a collaborative curriculum developed in partnership with experienced faculty from the Eriksson College of Education and industry experts. This curriculum ensures a well-rounded blend of theoretical knowledge and practical insights.

Courses are taught not only by faculty with academic expertise but also by expert staff currently engaged in academic advising and related fields, all holding doctoral degrees. This combination brings a wealth of real-world experience to the program.

The program emphasizes holistic student support, teaching advisers to understand and address the diverse needs of students. This approach goes beyond academic guidance, encompassing personal and career development.

This certificate requires 9 credit hours of coursework, which can be completely completely online in less than a year. If you have an interest in learning about the foundations of advising, and how to advise diverse and emerging adult populations, this certificate program will be a good fit.

Admission Requirements

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Academic Advising Certificate


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