Graduate Certificate in Human Performance Improvement
To be eligible, the student must meet the master's admission and applicant requirements of the IDD master's program. These include the following: a) hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent from a regionally accredited institution, and b) have a cumulative junior/senior undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher or 2.75 GPA or higher on the last 64 undergraduate credit hours.
Application Procedures and Requirements
The students would make application to the certificate program via University admissions application process and submit documents and fees as required by the IDD certificate program.
The current requirements are as follows:
- A completed application for admission to the Graduate School.
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended.
- Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic and/or professional abilities.
- A statement of the applicant's career goal(s) and purpose(s) for pursuing one of the certificate programs.
- Identify the certificate program to which they are applying (either IDD Certificate Program OR HPI Certificate Program.
- Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) including the writing component or the MAT, sent by the testing agency to the Registrar.
Applications, transcripts, letters, and all supporting materials should be submitted to the Office of Admissions, Administration Building, Room 182, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002.
Final admission decision involves evaluation of the following: grade-point average, scores on the GRE, letters of reference, applicant's statement of career goal(s) and purpose(s), professional experience, and program enrollment and availability.
Applicants are responsible to ensure that all materials arrive within the deadline.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applications will be retrieved for
review when all materials are received.
An IDD program faculty admission committee will review applications, make admissions decisions and a written communication from the university will notify applicants about admissions decisions.
Requirements for certificate program
A minimum GPA of 3.0 on all program of study courses and all work attempted is required. A maximum of two Cs can be counted. No grades of D or F may be counted. If a third C or any grade below is earned, the student will be dismissed from the program.
Those enrolled in the Certificate program may also elect to pursue the master's degree and be allowed to apply the courses toward their degree program once admitted and upon approval of the IDD faculty admissions committee.
Students enrolled in an IDD graduate program may opt to complete a certificate program to earn the certificate in addition to completing their degree program.
Department of Counseling and Instructional Sciences
The Department of Counseling and Instructional Sciences offers the Master of Education degree in Educational Media (leading to certification in Library Media), and in School Counseling leading to certification as a school counselor, and the Master of Science degree in Educational Media & Technology, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Instructional Design. The department also offers the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Instructional Design and Development. The department collaborates with the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences to deliver the Ph.D. degree in Combined-Integrated Clinical & Counseling Psychology. Finally, the department offers the B.S. degree and minor in Instructional Design & Performance Improvement.
Faculty within the department offer foundational coursework in Education Technology, Educational Psychology, Educational Foundations, and Educational Research. These courses are offered for students in the undergraduate and graduate programs throughout the college and are designed to broaden and strengthen degree-area preparation.