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Get certified in facilitating career development

This graduate certificate provides the knowledge and training to effectively teach, coach and mentor in career development. Geared toward current career development professionals, the program focuses on understanding, dissecting and addressing the complex issues of employment and training within the context of higher education and student affairs.


Through guidance and support from the National Career Development Association
(NCDA), this certificate offers cutting-edge curriculum and research opportunities that support career development. Course content focuses on theoretical frameworks associated with career development, historical considerations of the workforce, laws and policies, career development considerations and the use of multicultural approaches.


Successful completion of the certificate program requires 12 credit hours (four courses) of graduate-level coursework, including three required courses and one approved elective course. Required courses are offered 100 percent online and in person.


Graduate certificate students may also consider becoming a Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP) or a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF). Students can apply for credentialing through the NCDA and/or Center for Credentialing and Education (CCE).


Previous or current enrollment at OSU not required. Credit hours may be transferable to other graduate degree programs.



Required :

  • HESA 5213: Student Development Theory
  • HESA 5320: Helping Skills
  • HESA 5223: Career Development for College Students

Elective (select one of the following courses):

  • HESA 5463: Legal Issues in Higher education and Student Affairs
  • HESA 5813: Leadership and Ethical Decision-Making
  • HESA 5343 : Assessment Techniques in Higher Education and Student Affairs


Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Applications are accepted each semester. Applicants will be notified of admission status within four to six weeks of submission.


To apply to the program, submit the following:

  • Graduate College Application 
  • Transcripts from all previously attended institutions (undergraduate degree from an accredited university with a minimum 3.0 GPA required; admission with qualifications may be considered)
  • Professional resume
  • Statement describing the objectives the applicant hopes to meet or advance by completing the program
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