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Academic Advising Certificate

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Impact the lives of college students.

The graduate certificate in academic advising provides students a grounding in the foundational elements and essential competencies needed for effective advising practice. Academic advising is a practice-based profession intended to aid students in achieving educational, career and personal goals through the use of the full range of institutional and community resources. Topics will include student development theory, multicultural issues, career development, interpersonal relations for advising and current issues of academic advising.

The academic advising certificate will be offered as a stand-alone credential for those who already hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or may be offered in combination with the counseling and human resource development (M.Ed.) - administration of student affairs specialization or counseling and human resource development (M.S.) - college counseling specialization.

The following four courses (12 credits) are required for the Academic Advising Certificate:

CHRD 770: Student Development Theory and Practice (3 credits; offered in-person or online during fall semester).

CHRD 785: Pre-Practicum (3 credits; offered in-person during fall, spring and summer semesters).

CHRD 691: Academic Advising Workshop Series (3 credits; this is an independent self-paced course and requires a 15-hour academic advising experience; offered fall, spring and summer semesters).

CHRD 773: Current Issues in Academic Advising and Student Affairs (3 credits; offered online during summer semester).

If you wish to apply, follow the admissions steps.

Call our Graduate School to check the status of your application at 605-688-4181.

Contact Katelyn Romsa at 605-688-6831 or via email for any additional questions.

Meet the Faculty and Staff

Career Opportunities

  • Academic advising.
  • Student success coaching.
  • Student affairs.
  • Career counseling.
  • Academic and career planning.

Is it for you?

This certificate will be a good fit if you:

  • Have a desire to help people.
  • Work well with diverse groups of people.
  • Are an analytical thinker.
  • Are inquisitive.
  • Have strong listening, speaking and problem-solving skills.