This graduate certificate program is designed to serve the advanced educational needs of professionals who educate and train workers and volunteers, but who do not need a master’s degree. The certificate program consists of 12 graduate credit hours, and is designed to address the essential skills and competencies for professional practitioners in human resource development. Graduates will use their skills to develop and administer training programs to produce a more effective and competitive workforce.
The certificate in human resource development can be applied toward a master’s degree in adult education at Buffalo State. Students wishing to complete the graduate certificate in human resource development and the master of science in adult education within 30 credit hours must complete the entire graduate certificate and then apply for admission to the master’s degree in adult education. This program does not lead to teaching certification.
The graduate certificate in human resource development is offered both on the Buffalo State campus and through web-based courses.
1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale), or a master’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale).
2. Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree but do not meet either of the above criteria may be admitted if they attain a minimum combined quantitative/verbal score of 290 on the GRE.
3. A letter describing the applicant’s interest in the field and experience with teaching or administering adult programs.
In addition, all applicants should review the Admission to a Graduate Program section in the Graduate Catalog.
Application Deadline:Applicants must apply by July 1 for fall admission or by December 1 for spring admission. No applications are accepted for summer admission.
Required Courses 12 cr
ADE 608 Instructional Design
ADE 610 Methods in Adult Education
ADE 625 Designing and Evaluating Programs for Adult Learners
ADE 640 Human Resource Development
Total Required Credit Hours 12 cr
All courses are 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.
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