Graduate Certificate Programs (Archived 2016-17 Graduate Catalog)

In addition to graduate degrees, Bowling Green State University offers graduate certificates. Students may enroll in only a certificate program, or may complete a certificate in conjunction with a graduate degree at BGSU. Certificate program applicants should hold an undergraduate degree prior to application to a certificate program. Application and graduation procedures for certificate programs follow the same process as master’s degrees. Students must apply for acceptance and apply for graduation just as they would a master’s degree. Please see the individual program degree requirements for details pertaining to application requirements.

Assistive Technology

The Assistive Technology certificate program is designed to prepare individuals with a background in special education or related fields with the knowledge and skills to design, assess, and work with K-12 students in the use of assistive technology devices across the exceptional learning spectrum. Content ranges from the use of computers and various input/output devices to switches used to turn on appliances to increase the quality of life for persons with disabilities. Concepts and strategies to identify, select, modify, and design applications of assistive and facilitative technologies will be surveyed.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

This certificate program is interdisciplinary; it will provide skills and knowledge for understanding, identifying, and programming for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  The purpose of this graduate certificate is to offer professional development opportunities for special and general educators, school psychologists, SLP, OT, PT, rehabilitation counselors, medical personnel, educational consultants, etc. who want to support the growth, development, and learning of students with ASD.

Bioinformatics, Proteomics/Genomics

Bioinformatics, proteomics, and genomics (BPG) have transformed biological research. The health of our research and educational programs as well as progress in biology, chemistry, mathematics, computer science, and related fields, depends on incorporating these tools.

To address the need for training in these new disciplines, an interdisciplinary team of professors from BGSU and the University of Toledo now offer a comprehensive set of four BPG courses. These courses are designed for graduate students from a variety of backgrounds. Courses may be taken individually and a Certificate will be awarded on completion of all four courses (12 semester hours). Students participate in classes through internet-based videoconferencing and computer lab sessions at one of the institutions.

The four courses are:

  • Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Proteomics/Genomics
  • Statistical Methods in Bioinformatics
  • Introduction to Bioinformatic Computation
  • Applications of Bioinformatics and Proteomics/Genomics

Computer Technology Endorsement

The Graduate Computer Technology Endorsement Certificate (16 hours) may be earned by teachers licensed to teach in the State of Ohio. Teachers with this endorsement will be prepared to not only provide leadership capabilities for local, state or national educational technology initiatives but also will be licensed to teach computer science courses, K-12. Students may apply for the Computer Technology Endorsement from the Ohio Department of Education after completing the 16 hours of coursework identified for this credential offered through the School of Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Development.

Construction Management

This certificate offers a continuing education vehicle to construction professionals who desire to prepare themselves to upper management levels. This certificate can be a springboard to the Master in Technology Management (MTM) program – Construction Management concentration - at BGSU or elsewhere. This certificate prepares the student to address supervisory and managerial needs in a construction, engineering, and architecture environment. A special feature of the certificate is the flexibility in meeting the needs, interests, and career goals of students while addressing the needs of industry. Therefore, the program is responsive to the needs of the industry for advanced construction management personnel. The certificate consists of five graduate courses in construction management.

District Level Leadership

See Educational Foundations, Leadership and Policy in the Graduate Programs Offered section of this catalog.

Early Childhood Education 4/5 Generalist Endorsement

The Early Childhood Education 4/5 Generalist Endorsement is a set of five graduate courses that qualify licensed early childhood teachers to add the 4th and 5th grade generalist endorsement to an existing Prekindergarten to Grade 3 teaching license. The certificate is earned by completing courses in the four basic content areas (math, science, social studies and language arts) as well as a child development and learning course. The certificate is available in online and face-to-face formats.

Ethnic Studies

The graduate certificate in Ethnic Studies is offered within an interdisciplinary/multidisciplinary framework. The curriculum contributes to societal needs as it addresses issues of racial and ethnic diversity in the workplace, community, nation, and world during a period of profound demographic change. It is designed to provide professional study in an area of increasing importance to practitioners in social, health, and immigration service agencies; law; and K-12 and community college education, among other occupations. The certificate also offers a graduate credential to students pursuing advanced degrees and seeking to broaden their teaching and research competencies in order to enhance their career options and employment prospects.

Food and Nutrition

The 15-semester hour graduate certificate in Food and Nutrition allows students to pursue concentrated study of food and nutrition through graduate coursework. The Certificate curriculum includes studies in nutrient metabolism, nutritional principles related to health and disease, community nutrition, and food science. The Certificate Program provides knowledge of food and nutrition that is applicable to health care, business, professional, and personal situations involving nutrition. The Food and Nutrition Graduate Certificate may be desired by students currently pursuing other graduate degree programs (e.g. public health; human movement, sport, and leisure studies; biological sciences), allied health professions, or students in the Dietetic Internship who have an interest in advanced study of food and nutrition but do not wish to complete a graduate degree.

Geospatial Technology

The Geospatial Technology certificate program is designed to provide students with a theoretical base in geospatial technology, a basis for research design in geospatial technology, and also provide students with an opportunity to apply geospatial technology theory and research design to their field of study. Because this is a joint endeavor of the Environment and Sustainability, Geography, and Geology programs, students may opt for a sequence of courses that will be somewhat focused on either the natural or the social sciences, depending on their disciplinary orientation.  The focus of the program will be GIS, remote sensing, and GPS and their applications to research design and problem-solving in the natural and social sciences.

International/Intercultural Communication

This graduate-level certificate is designed to meet the increasing need of various individuals and organizations to communicate more effectively in international/intercultural contexts. It enhances students’ capacity for effective communication by raising international/intercultural understanding and sensitivity. A Certificate in International/Intercultural Communication can benefit individuals in organizations that deal with international partners/clients or multicultural employees/clients on a regular basis. Individuals whose careers require close international/multicultural interaction or place a strong emphasis on intercultural sensitivity can also benefit from this certificate. Recent college graduates can complete this certificate to further enhance their understanding of international/intercultural issues and expand their professional horizon.

See Media & Communication in the Graduate Programs Offered section of this catalog.

K-12 Online Teaching & Learning Certificate

The goals of the K-12 Online Teaching & Learning certificate program is to prepare K-12 classroom teachers to be effective online teachers and to provide them with research skills necessary to investigate student learning within online K-12 educational contexts. Please go to the following website for more information: K-12 Online Teaching & Learning Certificate

This certificate program may be completed in conjunction with the Master's degree in Classroom Technology.

Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement 4-6

This non-certificate endorsement program permits teachers to add one-to-two subject areas to an Ohio Middle Childhood Teaching License, Grades 4 – 9, enabling them to teach the additional subjects in grades 4 – 6. To be eligible for graduate-level endorsement courses, students must submit the following forms to Wendy Vaughn ( in the School of Teaching & Learning: Current Ohio Middle Childhood teaching license, transcript verifying middle childhood degree completion, with a 2.8 or higher cumulative GPA and Application to pursue the Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement (Middle Childhood Generalist Endorsement). Additionally, send to the Registrar (Office of Registration & Records) the Graduate Non-Degree Application (Registration & Records, Graduate/Graduate Non-Degree). Non-BGSU grads should also complete the Application to take Educator Coursework (Registration & Records, Graduate/Graduate Non-Degree).

PreK-12 Reading Endorsement

See Reading in the Graduate Programs Offered section of this catalog.

Performance Studies

This certificate is open to all graduate students enrolled at Bowling Green State University. Through this certificate program the student will explore the histories, theories, and practices of Performance Studies. The focus is on the relationship between text and practice; performance as a reflection of society, a witnessing to an experience, or a challenge to social structures or ways of knowing; emerging ideas of audience reception theory; interdisciplinary connections with cultural studies, communication studies; and U.S./global performance practices. May be used as a research methodology or area of specialization within a degree program or other course of study, as a gateway into an advanced degree program in Performance Studies/related field, or as a foundation for work in community-based performance or theatre of social action/change.

Core Sequence (7 credits):

THFM 6630 Introduction to Performance Studies (3)

THFM 6680 Performance Studies (3)

THFM 6660 Directed Research in Portfolio Development to serve as a capstone experience (1)

Supplementary Elective Courses (9 credits):

Electives for the Graduate Certificate Program in Performance Studies may be filled by courses in Theatre and Film, and/or other departments and programs. Electives will be selected by the student subject to approval by the graduate coordinator of the Department of Theatre and Film.

Public History

The graduate certificate in Public History offers advanced graduate training for professionals in the public history profession. The program is practical and career-focused in its design, featuring courses in historical museum management, museology, local history, and archival administration taught by academic specialists in these topics and by expert practitioners in the field of public history/historical museum management. The program of study is capped by an internship experience to give students actual hands-on experience in the field.

Quality Systems

Created at BGSU in response to demands from quality professionals, the quality systems graduate certificate (QSGC) reflects the American Society for Quality (ASQ) continuous improvement mission based on disciplined analysis of systems in technical environments. Process analysis for reduction in variation of product and providing high quality consistently with no defects, is the goal. This includes preparation for management and facilitation of lean, six sigma, ISO/QS 9000 standards registration and maintenance functions and new product launch changes for advanced product quality planning (APQP). The QSGC serves various learners, particularly non- traditional, full-time working professionals from various locations. All work done in quality systems courses is team-based in a project context similar to how quality improvement is pursued in actual professional functions. The curriculum is also designed to facilitate project-based course work via an applied research emphasis. All courses utilize distance technology.

Secondary Transition Certificate

The online graduate certificate program in Secondary Transition is designed to prepare educators, rehabilitation professionals, and others with the knowledge and performance skills to support youth with exceptional learning needs as they transition to adult life.  Program completers who hold a current Intervention Specialist or Career-Technical teaching license will be recommended for the State of Ohio Transition-to-Work (TTW) Endorsement. The certificate program may be pursued in conjunction with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Special Education or Workforce Education and Development.

Social & Interactive Media

This graduate-level certificate program is established to meet the needs of the rapidly changing media and communication industry while providing intellectual leadership to the study of social and interactive media. Founded primarily on social scientific knowledge, the strategic applications of social and interactive media are explored. This program also exposes students to the process of online and interactive media production to help them better understand the technology and apply it to their practice or research.

See Media & Communication in the Graduate Programs Offered section of this catalog.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Graduate students at Bowling Green State University have the opportunity to earn a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). This set of courses serves as excellent preparation for those who wish to teach English overseas or for those wishing to pursue further studies in linguistics. Some programs outside of the English Department may accept this certificate as part of their graduate degree program. See the English Department section of this Graduate Catalog for more information.

Technical Writing

This online graduate certificate in technical writing meets the needs of working professionals by providing them with a distance education opportunity to learn advanced theoretical and practical approaches to composing documents and other information products for local and global translation; writing collaboratively online in increasingly more diverse virtual workspaces; and developing best practices for new online writing workspaces that are informed by current technical communication research.

This fully online graduate certificate program reaches out to workplaces across the state of Ohio and beyond whose growing reliance on technology to enhance their productivity requires the expertise of technical communicators. The Technical Writing certificate program seeks to enhance the expertise of technical writers and thus to increase the success of the industries in which they work. See the English program in the Graduate Programs Offered section of this Graduate Catalog for more information.

Women's Studies

The graduate certificate in Women’s Studies brings together scholars and graduate students across the University actively engaged in interdisciplinary feminist scholarship. This graduate certificate is an official acknowledgement of training and expertise in the field of women’s and gender studies. The certificate program provides students with knowledge of a unified approach to the study of fundamental issues in sex and gender studies. Students examine how sex and gender have been reflected in culture across time; how they shape institutions as well as personal experience; how they interact with issues such as race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic class; and how new ways of thinking about gender challenge the processes by which knowledge about human beings and our behavior is acquired, interpreted, and transmitted.

The graduate certificate is intended to supplement professional training, whatever it may be. As a stand-alone credential, the certificate is designed for individuals working in fields related to women’s health care and well-being, as well as professionals in positions of advocacy for women, elementary, high school, and community college teachers, and returning, nontraditional students.

The certificate acknowledges formal training and expertise in issues of cultural diversity, gender equity, feminist theory, feminist methodology, and the infusion of gender into all psychological, social, and mediated relationship.