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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Education

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100% Online Certificate in Education

Complete your studies on your own time.

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Start your first course when it’s convenient for you.

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6 Months to your Certificate in Education

Finish your education certificate in just 4 courses.

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Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Education

Develop a specialty in the diverse education field with the 100% online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Education at National University. NU’s online certificate gives you a quick and convenient way to continue building your knowledge, skills, and experience beyond your bachelor’s degree. 

Advance Your Education Degree

You can tailor your online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Education to fit your career goals with one of these specializations: Multimedia Instructional Design, School Safety, Security, and Emergency Management, or Trauma-Informed Educational Practices.

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Course Details

  • Credit Hours: 12
  • Courses: 4
  • Estimated Time to Complete: 6 months

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Education can be completed in 12 credits. Each course runs 8 weeks, and you’ll receive 3 semester credits per course.

Certificate Requirements

The University may accept a maximum of 3 semester credit hours from a graduate-level program to NU’s Post-Baccalaureate certificate program. Coursework must have been completed at an accredited college or university within the last five years with a grade of “B” or better. See the Transfer Credit Policy for additional information.

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate has the following graduation requirements:

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
  • Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution
  • Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
  • All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their complimentary diploma and/or degree posted transcript


The explosion of digital media provides today’s educators with a vast toolbox with which to aid and empower their instruction. This specialization begins by evaluating different design principles in order to determine which instructional devices work best for various environments and audiences. You’ll then examine the tools themselves, such as mobile devices and open-source authoring tools. Finally, you’ll consider the ethical and legal issues that accompany the responsible use of these open source implements.

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Successful education begins and ends with safe schools. This specialization provides an in-depth understanding of strategies and techniques to help keep K-12 students secure, so they’re free to focus on their teachers, curriculum, and classmates.

You’ll study technologies that help manage safety, security, and emergencies; how to  make threat assessments of people and facilities; restorative justice and other alternatives to student discipline; and ways to implement and improve school safety plans through a practitioner’s perspective.

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Kids experiencing trauma are more likely to fall behind in class, get into trouble, or exhibit behavior issues. Trauma-informed teaching promotes an understanding and support of the whole student, helping create a positive learning environment, better student engagement, and improved academic outcomes.

You’ll explore the fundamentals and motivations behind a trauma-informed approach to education, how trauma manifests in different populations, specific trauma-informed strategies for the classroom, and practices for strengthening resilience among both students and educators.

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National University’s dedicated admissions team is here to help you throughout the admissions process. We accept and review applications year-round and, once you’re admitted, you can begin your studies as soon as the next week.

To apply to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Education program, you must have a completed bachelor’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

Questions? Call our admissions team at 866.776.0331 or request information and an advisor will be in touch soon. Ready to apply? Start your NU application today.

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Program Disclosure

Successful completion and attainment of National University degrees do not lead to automatic or immediate licensure, employment, or certification in any state/country. The University cannot guarantee that any professional organization or business will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any certification, licensure, or related exam for the purpose of professional certification.

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