National University

Dropout Prevention Specialist Certificate

This six-course certificate program prepares individuals to become a Dropout Prevention Specialist (DPS) and be an advocate in the lives of children in at risk situations. Individuals learn about successful strategies proven to help young students stay in school and improve the quality of our nation's student graduates. Early identification and intervention, creating and improving resiliency factors, and a nurturing school climate are among the strategies suggested for students at high risk of failure. A DPS will foster whole and emotionally healthy children who will score higher on exams, learn more, and enjoy school more.

The six-course DPS Certificate Program was developed in close collaboration with the CA Department of Education (CDE). All National University DPS Instructors are certified DPS. Completion of the six courses meets the requirements of the CA Education Code (52890 (a)-(g)).

Check out the Los Angeles Times story on the benefits of the dropout prevention program in L.A. City schools!

(6 Courses, 7.2 CEUs)

Course Delivery Mode
Classes are designed to be synchronous. Students participate remotely with real-time Voice Over Internet Protocol Technology.

Textbook fee and headset not included. Payment of $375 for the first course is due upon registration.

To register for this class, contact Extended Learning at 1-800-NAT-UNIV ext. 8600. Please note: there is a $25 application fee for the Dropout Prevention Specialist Certificate Program.


Students must have a high-speed internet connection.