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Post-Master’s Certificate
in General Education

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One of the most attractive characteristics of our post-master’s certificate is your ability to tailor your degree and coursework to meet your specific interests and career journey. The Post-Master’s Certificate in General Education allows you to select courses from a broad range of electives to fit your personal and professional goals.

To fulfill your certificate requirements, you must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours with at least four education courses from any of the Education Post-Master’s Certificate programs offered. You may also take up to two courses from Post-Master’s Certificate programs in other fields, i.e., psychology, technology and/or business. With dean approval, you may even consider additional courses (more than two) from other disciplines to fill this requirement.

Admission Requirements 

A conferred master’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.


For the Post-Master’s Certificate in General Education, you must complete 6 courses (18 credit hours). The estimated time needed to complete this certificate is 13 months.

Course Details

Course Listings

Although most local education authorities have their own legal counsel, all stakeholders benefit from a working knowledge of school law, especially those laws pertaining to the rights and responsibilities of school personnel and students. In this course, you’ll analyze state and federal legislation that impacts a variety of local school policies. Legal foundations for health, safety, attendance, and discipline policies will all be addressed along with policies for the rights of students, teachers, parents, guardians, and other stakeholders.

Because today’s learners differ in gender, sexual orientation, age, cultural background, experiences, and abilities, today’s educators must be able to appraise, assess, and argue the best means to reach such a variety. In this course, you’ll explore different means to address the nature of cultural diversity, its sources, and its importance to educators. You’ll also consider how districts can plan and prepare to meet the needs of diverse students, taking into consideration epistemological and axiological perspectives unique to many cultures.

This course examines the theories, philosophies, and professional standards related to educational leadership. You’ll also study diversity, equity, and inclusion in the context of school leadership. By the end of the course, you’ll develop a personal leadership approach and promote ethical behavior and decision-making in order to become an effective leader within your particular educational setting.

In this course, you’ll explore the organizational structure of schools and school systems, and their relationships to and effects upon school programs, teaching strategies, testing and measurement, and program evaluation. You’ll consider the way schools are organized around time, space, and other resources. Organizational dynamics are explored, and there’ll be an opportunity to engage operational factors that influence the school climate, including human resources, organizational outreach, and capacity. Finally, you’ll investigate ways and benefits of engaging stakeholders in organizational practice.

This course surveys the real world experiences and common challenges encountered by school leaders. You’ll study organizational behavior with an emphasis on the practical relevance of educational leadership in this new era of accountability and high-stakes testing. Topics include development theories and collaborative planning models to enhance distributed leadership, professional learning communities, parental involvement, and sustainable leadership for student growth.

Students in this course will explore the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes needed to manage public service organizations strategically. Using a systems theory perspective, you’ll examine organizational structures and change processes as you prepare for management and leadership roles in public educational organizations.

*Courses listed are examples. Upon acceptance to the program, your initial plan will include these courses. You’re encouraged to choose your General Education certificate courses based on your personal and professional goals, and to work with an advisor to revise your course plan to your interests.

Learning Outcomes

If you’ve earned your Master of Education degree, then our post-master’s certificate may move you past the head of the class. NU’s Post-Master’s Certificate in General Education is designed to help you focus and develop your skill sets and knowledge in a particular area of education beyond the master’s level, without the need for a doctoral commitment or dissertation. You’ll not only enhance your understanding of major theories and practices in your specialty, but you’ll be challenged to think critically about the topics covered with the goal of applying what you learn to your professional objectives—all while gaining a wealth of experience from your mentoring professors.

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