In today's world, a bachelor's degree in hand oftentimes does not yield the job skills and experience needed to advance in the workplace. Acquiring advanced training in a discipline frequently gives individuals the edge needed for new job opportunities and higher salaries. A graduate certificate from A&M-Commerce is designed to give such an advantage.
A&M-Commerce graduate certificate programs are cost effective and designed to accommodate most working adults. Below are brief descriptions and contact information regarding each certificate.
Criminal Justice Management
The Criminal Justice Management Certificate program is a 12-hour program of Criminal Justice coursework for students who want to increase their knowledge and develop competencies in the areas of criminal causality, criminal law, police management and/or correctional settings. Information of this nature will assist students in developing management skills which may be applicable in criminal justice agencies or in a graduate program at the master’s or doctoral levels. Please contact Dr. R.N. Singh, 903/886-5320 or firstname.lastname@example.org, for information.
The Environmental Science Graduate Certificate program is an academic certificate (rather than a professional certificate) designed to fill specific basic knowledge gaps for environmental professionals. This 13 hour program includes courses in Environmental law & regulation, hydrology, geospatial mapping (GIS, GPS), EPA/TCEQ Environmental Science, and Environmental Science Seminar. Please contact Dr. Chip Fox, 903-886-5542 or email@example.com, for information.
Studies in Children’s and Adolescent Literature and Culture
The Studies in Children’s and Adolescent Literature and Culture Certificate program consists of 18 hours of graduate study. The certificate provides students with a solid foundation for analyzing children’s and adolescent literature and will enhance their understanding and capacity to teach the cultural, ideological, and historical nature of children’s and adolescent literature in primary, secondary and post-secondary settings. Contact Susan Stewart at 903/468-8624 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Candidates for a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages pursue studies in the Structure of English, General Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, and Teaching English as a Second Language in addition to a 3-hour elective and a 1-hour practicum. Holding the certificate will bring enhanced professional status and will also enable the holder to meet the 18-hour SACS requirement to teach at the postsecondary level. Courses are offered through Distance Education at the Mesquite Metroplex Center, the A&M-Commerce main campus, and other locations in the region. There is no campus residency requirement for this certificate and it is available to degree- or non-degree-seeking students. Please contact Dr. Robert Baumgardner at 903/886-5254 or email@example.com for more information.
The Graduate Certificate in Film Studies is a 15-hour program for those who want to pursue an extended investigation of major issues in cinema (directors, genres, literature and film, film theory, national cinemas, historical movements, critical approaches, and themes). Students completing the program will be equipped to contribute to scholarship in the field and to teach film courses on the college level or work in cognate disciplines. Please contact Dr. Gerald Duchovnay at 903/886-5265 or Gerald.Duchovnay@tamuc.edu for more information.
Four different certificates based on genre are offered in Creative Writing. Poetry, Fiction, Children's/Young Adult Fiction, and Creative Non-Fiction. Participants who complete the program will have done intensive work in writing, workshopping, and exploring publication opportunities. They will be equipped to incorporate creative writing elements or classes as part of their teaching responsibilities in high schools, community colleges, and universities. contact Dr. Robin Ann Reid at Robin.Reid@tamuc.edu.
Psychology of Gerontology and Positive Aging
This certificate will enhance skills for persons working with older adults in business, medical or social settings. The student will have a better understanding of physical, psychological and developmental impacts of aging and an enhanced understanding of ethical principles of dealing with potentially vulnerable population. Contact Dr. Lacy Krueger at Lacy.Krueger@tamuc.edu.
Leadership in Digital Instruction
Online education is an evolving field, it is imperative to stimulate relevant and meaningful strategies in the implementation of emerging technologies in this field. This certificate will help prepare the student to develop creative and innovative online educational environments. Contact Dr. Rick Lumadue at Rick.Lumadue@tamuc.edu.
Global Leadership: Administering Programs that Serve English Language Learners & Diverse Populations
The number of English Learners in the US typically doubles every 10-12 years. These students need effective bilingual programs which research has shown result in higher academic achievement. This Texas Principals Certification program in conjunction with bilingual education area of emphasis will provide tools to prospective and current principals, assistant principals, and curriculum supervisors that will assist them in developing model bilingual programs in their school districts or schools. Contact Dr. Maria Hinojosa at Maria.Hinojosa@tamuc.edu.
Teacher Leadership in Bilingual/ESL Instruction
The number of second language learners in the US typically doubles every 10-12 years. These students need the kinds of effective programs in which research has shown result in higher academic achievement. This certificate will provide tools to teachers for the development of exemplary dual language programs in their classrooms. Contact Dr. Chris Green at Chris.Green@tamuc.edu.
The certificate in Holocaust Studies in an online interdisciplinary graduate course of study that will allow students to engage in critical thinking and explore the numerous components of the Holocaust and other genocides. Contact Dr. JoAnn DiGeorgio-Lutz at JoAnn.Lutz@tamuc.edu.
Administering School Programs that Serve Special Populations
This certificate will assist learners in acquiring the knowledge and skills to effectively administer school district faculty and staff that serve students will special needs. Contact Dr. Wade Fish at Wade.Fish@tamuc.edu.
Administering UIL School Programs
This certificate within the Educational Administration program will assist learners in acquiring the knowledge to effectively administer school district faculty and staff that serve students who participate in UIL school programs and activities. Contact Dr. Maria Hinojosa at Maria.Hinojosa@tamuc.edu.
Chemical Dependency Counseling
This certificate will prepare professionals with the necessary theories, assessments and modalities to counsel, prepare, and implement treatment plans for substance abuse clients, their families, and co-workers. Contact Dr. LaVelle Hendricks at LaVelle.Hendricks@tamuc.edu.