This graduate certificate focuses on populations whose members are not easily visually
identified, do not generally have a formal voice in the system and who may be motivated
to remain anonymous. Members of hidden populations often have experiences with socially
stigmatizing trauma. Those currently considered to be hidden populations include those
who have foster care and/or justice-involved experiences, who are survivors of sexual
violence, who are recovering from drug or alcohol addiction, who face housing insecurity
and/or who are considered Third Culture Kids/Individual.
This certificate is framed by the last decade of emerging research, which aims to
better understand shared topics across hidden populations, including specific needs,
challenges and opportunities for support.
Successful completion of the certificate program requires 12 credit hours (four courses)
of graduate-level coursework, including two required courses and two committee-guided
electives that encourage students to further focus on their individual interests.
Required courses are offered 100 percent online. The delivery format of electives
is dependent upon the respective academic department and may be online, hybrid or
in-person delivery. Online courses are delivered through Canvas, OSU's online learning platform.
Previous or current enrollment at OSU not required. Credit hours may be transferable to other graduate degree programs.
Required (six credit hours):
HESA 5333: Introduction to Hidden Student Populations
HESA 5433: Practicum in Hidden Student Populations
Electives (six credit hours):
In addition to the example electives below, multiple other courses may be considered
by the graduate committee on an individual basis. Specific course sequencing is required.
HESA 5340 : One-hour courses, each with a focus on a specific hidden population (up
to six credit hours)
SCFD 5873: Culture, Society and Education
EPSY 5986: Instructional Effectiveness in Higher Education
EDLE 6633: School Leadership and Community Collaboration
WAED 5013: Characteristics of Adult Learners
SPED 5633: Behavior Characteristics of Exceptional Individuals
CIED 5623: Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Curriculum
HDFS 5753: Leadership and Management of Community Service Programs
Admissions Requirements and Deadlines
Applications are accepted each semester. Applicants will be notified of admission
status within four to six weeks of submission.