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The Graduate Certificate in Adapted Physical Education (18 credit) is designed to meet the Adapted Physical Education National Standards for Competency in Teaching Adapted Physical Education in the public schools. Read more
The Graduate Certificate in Adapted Physical Education (18 credit) is designed to meet the Adapted Physical Education National Standards for Competency in Teaching Adapted Physical Education in the public schools. Six 3 credit courses make up the program:

• KIN 579 Inclusive Practices in P.E. (also a core requirement in the new MS in PE proposal)
• KIN 582 Assessment & Development of Individualized Programs
• KIN 583 Medical & Pathological Issues
• KIN 584 Disability Sport & Adapted Aquatics
• KIN 586 Professional Issues in Adapted P.E.
• KIN 587 Physical Activity for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

The coursework is based on the 12 Adapted Physical Education National Standards for Competency in Teaching Adapted Physical Education and the application of these standards to practice in the field of physical education. The coursework prepares students with the minimum background, skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to sit for the APENS national exam.

The certificate program is 100% web based instruction and will consist of formation of online presentations, webinars, web based lectures, collaborative and curricular integration activities, and alternative activities designed to enhance professional development in the field of adapted physical education.

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The Certificate in Applied Statistics brings together statistics, computer science, scientific research, and communication skills using the latest state-of -the-art technologies. Read more
The Certificate in Applied Statistics brings together statistics, computer science, scientific research, and communication skills using the latest state-of -the-art technologies. It prepares students for immediate employment in a variety of high-paying industry positions or doctoral study in applied statistics or a related field.

Applied statisticians are in high demand in the current high-technology economy. Our program emphasizes a flexible curriculum that allows a wide variety of concentrations of application, including biology, mathematics, computer science, psychology, health sciences, business, pharmaceutical product development, and other self-designed multi-disciplinary concentrations. The Program also offers paid internship opportunities and flexible class offerings allowing for both full-time and part-time students.

We encourage students from diverse academic backgrounds to consider our program. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, various undergraduate majors and interests are eligible for admissions.

Curriculum

If you wish to pursue your studies on a parttime basis or just learn some new skills, the Certificate Program in Applied Statistics is a viable and exciting option. This 19-credit hour program is a hands-on curriculum that will give you knowledge and experience in applying statistical and computational procedures to reallife problems. For instance, you will learn how to effectively design and analyze data from a clinical trial.

The Certificate Program offers a broad overview and introduction to application of statistical concepts to various research settings. This program emphasizes hands-on course work, rather than the internship opportunity and independent research option of the MSc.

Core modules:

• STA 507 Introduction to Categorical Data Analysis (3 credits)
• STA 511 Intro Stat Computing & Data Management (3 credits)
• STA 512 Principles of Experimental Analysis (4 credits)
• STA 514 Modern Experimental Design (3 credits)

Electives:

• Select two courses from a selected area of concentration (6 credits)

Please visit the website for more detailed information about these modules:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/sciences-mathematics/mathematics/applied-statistics-certificate/

Careers

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

• Natural Sciences Managers
• Clinical Research Coordinators
• Actuaries
• Statisticians
• Clinical Data Managers
• Survey Researchers
• Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary

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In 2005, several faculty members of West Chester University of PA met to discuss the need for and probability of offering a certificate in autism studies. Read more
In 2005, several faculty members of West Chester University of PA met to discuss the need for and probability of offering a certificate in autism studies. Since that first meeting, faculty members from the departments of Early Childhood & Special Education, Communicative Disorders, Psychology, and Kinesiology have collaborated in the development of an interdisciplinary, empirically-based certificate in autism studies. The university is now proud to offer the Certificate of Specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders. This Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program is geared towards community members who currently work with, or will work with, individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The 18-credit certificate provides students with the skill sets necessary to build and work within an interdisciplinary approach to effective and empirically-based treatment of individuals with autism spectrum disorders. Students learn strategies for implementing the interdisciplinary approach, as well as methods to assess the effectiveness of the approach, i.e. the effect of education/treatment on the person's quality of life. The program is be provided from the view point of several disciplines including psychology, special education, communicative disorders, and kinesiology.

Overview

The mission of this program is to provide professionals, parents, and other members of the community access to empirically validated educational approaches for teaching persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), strategies for implementing these approaches, as well as methods to assess the effectiveness of these approaches, i.e. the effect of education/treatment on the person's quality of life.

The autism certificate program is based on the following assumptions:

-People with ASD and their families have a wide range of disability-specific strengths and needs
-Assessment and intervention must be based on evidence-based practices
-Professionals who specialize in the treatment of individuals with ASD must understand the ASD profile, its history, and the challenges faced by families of individuals with ASD
-Professional who support individuals with ASD must collaborate with each other
-Specialization in autism requires course work, guided observation, and supervised clinical practicum

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The Business Analytics certificate consists of the following six M.B.A. courses. MBA 602 Financial Analysis and Valuation. MBA 606 Innovation and Marketing Strategy. Read more
The Business Analytics certificate consists of the following six M.B.A. courses:

• MBA 602 Financial Analysis and Valuation
• MBA 606 Innovation and Marketing Strategy
• MBA 617 Business Information Systems
• MBA 619 Business Analytics
• MBA 620 Business Forecasting

To find out more information about these modules please visit the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/business-public-management/business-administration/#coursestext

Students who successfully complete the graduate business certificate may apply to the M.B.A. program; however, these applicants must still meet the requirements for admission to the M.B.A. Grades from courses in the graduate business certificate may be used to assess students’ previous GPA as part of the M.B.A. admission evaluation.

100% Online Courses

The entire MBA and the Certificate programs are offered online. Each of our programs are open both to in-state and out-of-state students. Our online courses are offered over seven weeks. Five terms are offered in each academic year (Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2, and Summer). Each seven-week term course is a full three-credit graduate course. Most part-time students take only one course per seven-week term. Full-time students take multiple courses per seven-week term. You can vary your load in a given session to suit your work/life balance.

Our online courses are asynchronous, which means that there are weekly deadlines and examination windows, but generally no other set time that you need to log into the course. This means that you can complete your classwork on your weekly schedule--around your work and family commitments. In some cases, professors may assign students into teams, and teams may need to coordinate their work and therefore be available at a certain time.

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The recently redesigned graduate certificate in business ethics offers an introduction to applied ethics without requiring previous exposure to coursework in philosophy. Read more
The recently redesigned graduate certificate in business ethics offers an introduction to applied ethics without requiring previous exposure to coursework in philosophy.

This 18-credit certificate is designed for business professionals who wish to increase their knowledge about business ethics. The certificate, which can be completed in three semesters, consists of two required philosophy courses (PHI 502 History of Western Ethics, PHI 580 Business Ethics) and three elective courses (such as WOS 530 Women in Leadership and MGT 511 Managing and Leading Organizations) selected with advisement.

Please visit the website for a complete listing of the electives:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/arts-humanities/philosophy/#coursestext

Facilities

The Francis Harvey Green Library provides an excellent environment for study and research. It is furnished with a variety of seating areas, including individual study carrels, faculty and graduate lounges, group studies, seminar rooms, and general reading areas. The library has a growing collection of more than one-half million volumes and subscriptions to 2,200 journals.

Careers

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary

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The individualized post-master’s program, culminating in a letter of completion, consists of a minimum of 12 semester hours. Read more
The individualized post-master’s program, culminating in a letter of completion, consists of a minimum of 12 semester hours.

The Department of Psychology’s certificate program will allow students to obtain the additional post-master’s credit hours needed to fulfill the Pennsylvania state 60-credit educational requirement to be licensed as a professional counselor. The program is tailored to individual students based on their prior course work at the master’s level and their interests. The admissions process includes the development of an individualized, planned course of study designed to allow students to complete course work in areas necessary to be eligible for Pennsylvania licensure as a professional counselor. Students, in consultation with program advisers, will select courses from the current graduate offerings in the Department of Psychology. Courses will be selected by examining students’ master’s degree programs and determining areas of need, based on the following licensing content areas:

• Human Growth and Development: studies that provide an understanding of the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental stages.
• Social and Cultural Foundations: studies that provide an understanding of issues and trends in a multicultural and diverse society.
• Helping Relationships: studies that provide an understanding of counseling and consultation processes.
• Group Work: studies that provide an understanding of group development, dynamics, counseling theories, group counseling methods and skills, and other group approaches.
• Career and Lifestyle Development: studies that provide an understanding of career development and related life factors.
• Appraisal: studies that provide an understanding of individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation.
• Research and Program Evaluation: studies that provide an understanding of types of research methods, basic statistics, and ethical and legal considerations in research.
• Professional Orientation and Ethics: studies that provide an understanding of all aspects of professional functioning, including history, roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards, and credentialing.
• Field Experience: Includes 100 clock hours of supervised practicum experience and 600 clock hours of supervised internship experience. The supervised internship experience shall begin after completion of the supervised practicum experience. (Note: These practicum and internship hours are in addition to the 3,600 hours of supervised postmaster’s professional counseling practice experience that the board also requires.)

Note: The Department of Psychology at West Chester University has no role in the administration or awarding of the licensure of professional counselors. Each student is responsible for ensuring that he or she has met all of the state’s licensure eligibility requirements.

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The Professional Development Certificates are intended for those who would like to obtain certification in the certain specific areas without having to undertake the preparatory work for a Master's degree. Read more
The Professional Development Certificates are intended for those who would like to obtain certification in the certain specific areas without having to undertake the preparatory work for a Master's degree.

The department of computer science offers a graduate certificate (consisting of four courses each) in Computer Security (IA).

Students will select four of the following courses:

CSC 525 Operating Systems
CSC 535 Networks and Data Communication
CSC 555 Software Engineering
CSC 583 Topics in Computer Security
CSC 586 Sytem Administration and Security
CSC 588 Wireless Programming and Security
CSC 603 Advanced Seminar in Security
CRJ 555 Topical Seminar in Criminal Justice

Please visit the website for more information about these modules:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/sciences-mathematics/computer-science/#coursestext

The Computer Science Information Security Centre

The Computer Science Information Security Center (ISC) recognizes that no computer science graduate should be without information security knowledge. Toward this end, the Computer Science Department has introduced Information Security content such as computer and network security across the undergraduate and graduate curricula.

The curricula set forth by the ISC has been certified by the NSA to meet the National Training Standards for Information Systems Security Professionals (4011) and Systems Administrators (4013).

Career Prospects

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

• Computer and Information Systems Managers
• Information Security Analysts
• Database Administrators
• Network and Computer Systems Administrators
• Computer Network Architects
• Telecommunications Engineering Specialists
• Computer Network Support Specialists

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As our planet faces unprecedented environmental, social, and economic crises, we are all being challenged to make dramatic changes not only in our knowledge and values, but also in our culture and institutions. Read more
As our planet faces unprecedented environmental, social, and economic crises, we are all being challenged to make dramatic changes not only in our knowledge and values, but also in our culture and institutions. Education For Sustainability responds to this challenge.

"We learn what we live"

Education For Sustainability (EFS) is a rapidly emerging field that is guided by a vision of a sustainable society and rooted in a simple truth: we learn what we live. EFS practitioners are trained professionals who understand the challenge of sustainability and who have been prepared to teach others, to catalyze institutional and cultural change, and to model sustainable ways of living.

Many EFS practitioners work in K-12 schools where they integrate sustainability content into curricula, lead efforts to "green" buildings and grounds, and raise critical questions about the purposes of education on a planet with limits. EFS practitioners also work in:
-Colleges and Universities
-Corporations
-Nonprofits
-Community-Based Organizations
-Religious Institutions

"Be the change"

EFS practitioners are people who strive to "be the change" and embody the conviction that "human development is primarily about being more, not having more." Given accelerating regional, national, and global attention to sustainability, the demand for EFS practitioners is expected to grow dramatically. Indeed, the challenge of sustainability may spark the most creative period in human history. Whether you work in a classroom, a community organization, or the offices of a business, you are invited to join this great work of sustainability as an EFS practitioner.

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The goal of the new Educational Technology Certificate (18 credits) is to support professional educators with technology that connects them to data, content, resources, expertise and learning experiences that empower and inspire them to provide more effective learning for all learners. Read more
The goal of the new Educational Technology Certificate (18 credits) is to support professional educators with technology that connects them to data, content, resources, expertise and learning experiences that empower and inspire them to provide more effective learning for all learners.

Effective teaching in the 21st century requires innovation, problem solving, creativity, continuous improvement, research, diagnostic use of data, and flexible and personalized approaches to meeting students' diverse needs and strengths. Just as leveraging technology can help us improve learning and assessment, technology can help us build our capacity as educators by enabling a shift to a model of connected teaching.

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This certificate is designed for public health, environmental health, occupational health, and emergency professionals along with managers and educators who need to upgrade their skills in the area of protecting people in emergencies. Read more
This certificate is designed for public health, environmental health, occupational health, and emergency professionals along with managers and educators who need to upgrade their skills in the area of protecting people in emergencies. HEA520 provides a solid preparation in fundamental skills such as epidemiology and public health practice, while ENV530 allows the student to learn how to identify, measure and control environmental hazards. ENV545 and ENV551 expand the student’s knowledge about risks and how they are measured, modeled and communicated. ENV570 and 575 focus on the specifics of emergency preparedness and on the mitigation of the risks of chemical and biological hazards.

The 18-credit certificate consists of the following courses:

• HEA520: Public Health Epidemiology
• ENV530: General Environmental Health
• ENV545: Risk Assessment
• ENV551: Environmental Toxicology
• ENV570: Emergency Preparedness
• ENV575: Bioterrorism & Public Health

All courses are taught in convenient evening and/or condensed formats, ideally suited to the working professional.

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The entrepreneurship certificate consists of the following six M.B.A. courses. MBA 602 Financial Analysis and Valuation. MBA 604 Components of Effective Leadership. Read more
The entrepreneurship certificate consists of the following six M.B.A. courses:

• MBA 602 Financial Analysis and Valuation
• MBA 604 Components of Effective Leadership
• MBA 606 Innovation and Marketing Strategy
• MBA 610 Law and Ethics in the Business Environment
• MBA 611 Entrepreneurship and New Venture Creation
• MBA 612 Entrepreneurship Strategy

To find out more information about these modules please visit the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/business-public-management/business-administration/#coursestext

Students who successfully complete the graduate business certificate may apply to the M.B.A. program; however, these applicants must still meet the requirements for admission to the M.B.A. Grades from courses in the graduate business certificate may be used to assess students’ previous GPA as part of the M.B.A. admission evaluation.

100% Online Courses

The entire MBA and the Certificate programs are offered online. Each of our programs are open both to in-state and out-of-state students. Our online courses are offered over seven weeks. Five terms are offered in each academic year (Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2, and Summer). Each seven-week term course is a full three-credit graduate course. Most part-time students take only one course per seven-week term. Full-time students take multiple courses per seven-week term. You can vary your load in a given session to suit your work/life balance.

Our online courses are asynchronous, which means that there are weekly deadlines and examination windows, but generally no other set time that you need to log into the course. This means that you can complete your classwork on your weekly schedule--around your work and family commitments. In some cases, professors may assign students into teams, and teams may need to coordinate their work and therefore be available at a certain time.

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The GIS Certificate is for students who desire specific programs of study but not a degree and is offered in a classroom-based format or online. Read more
The GIS Certificate is for students who desire specific programs of study but not a degree and is offered in a classroom-based format or online.

Curriculum

The Department of Geography and Planning offers a certificate program in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) that consists of four courses. Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies have become prominent workplace tools used widely in public and private sectors. This certificate program will provide graduate-level instruction on their use. If a certificate student subsequently or simultaneously applies for and is accepted into one of the Masters degree programs in geography, the geography courses (GEO) listed below can be counted towards the degree.

West Chester University now also offers an on-line option for students wishing to earn a Certificate in GIS through distance education. The online GIS Certificate offers the same curriculum and is taught by the same faculty who teach our in-class courses. The only difference is that courses are taken online instead of in the classroom. For students who wish to combine online with in-class courses, that option is also available. Students are required to complete a total of 12 credits, or four courses to receive the Certificate.

Core Courses:

Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GEO534)
Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GEO584)
Geodatabases (GEO577)

Electives:

Internet Mapping (GEO507)
Environmental Modeling with GIS (GEO538)
Introduction to Business GIS (GEO556)
Geography Field Methods (GEO585)
GIS-related Internship (GEO615)
Water Quality & Health (ENV533)
Emergency Preparedness (ENV570)

Fore more information about these modules, please visit the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/business-public-management/geography-planning/geographic-information-systems-certificate/

Course Delivery

West Chester University's Online GIS Certificate courses are primarily taught asynchronously with students required to meet certain learning, assess and other requirements in a stated time period. Online courses do not meet in a classroom, but students have an option to enroll in classroom-based courses if desired.

WCU delivers its Online GIS Certificate through Desire2Learn (D2L) online courseware. Using D2L, professors teaching online courses have many options for delivering course material including video, voiceover presentations and readings, and many options for assignments including discussion forums, blog postings, file uploads and online testing.

While most of the course requirements can be completed in your own time, in some cases professors may assign assignments or activities that may require students to be available at certain times.

Careers

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

• Cartographers and Photogrammetrists
• Geography Teachers, Postsecondary

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The Graduate Certificate is an ideal program for professionals seeking training in the field of gerontology. The 12-credit interdisciplinary curriculum includes courses taught by expert faculty from social work, nursing, health, nutrition, kinesiology and other fields. Read more
The Graduate Certificate is an ideal program for professionals seeking training in the field of gerontology. The 12-credit interdisciplinary curriculum includes courses taught by expert faculty from social work, nursing, health, nutrition, kinesiology and other fields. Faculty research interests in gerontology include: end of life care, dementia care, caregiver burden, housing, health equity and disparity, resilience, elder abuse and depression in older adults.

West Chester University is a member of the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education (AGHE). AGHE is the only national membership association with the primary purpose being the advancement of gerontology and geriatrics as a field of study in institutions of higher education.

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This 100% online graduate certificate in Health Care Management is designed to meet career advancement needs of professionals and those seeking to transition into the health care industry. Read more
This 100% online graduate certificate in Health Care Management is designed to meet career advancement needs of professionals and those seeking to transition into the health care industry. These courses can also be applied to the Masters in Public Health (MPH) Program. Students in Community Health, Environmental Health, Integrated Medicine or Nutrition or may wish to complete this certificate as a complement to their current degree.

Curriculum

This program will benefit physicians, nurses, clinicians, managers, and professional staff in the health care industry. In addition, it will benefit those in managed care and not-for-profit organizations, government, consulting firms, and the pharmaceutical industry, among others. A health care management certificate of completion will be issued when the requirements of the program have been fulfilled.

HEA 513 Legal Aspects of Health Care
This course is an analysis of the basic legal concepts and major legal issues that are most important to and directly affect the health services manager. Topics include legal frameworks of health organizations and health practitioners, administrative policy, contracts, consent, patient’s rights, legal death, insurance, liability, and research.

HEA 514 Approaches to Health Care Delivery
This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the structure, systems, and policies of health care delivery in the United States. The goal of the course is to increase students’ knowledge and their ability to analyze and address health care issues from both a management and a policy perspective.

HEA 516 Health Care Management
This course provides students with a fundamental understanding of the principles of management and managerial functions as a framework for organizing knowledge and practices in the health care setting. This is accomplished through the relationship of each of the functions of management that include planning, development, budgeting, and management and evaluation concepts to health care organization operations. Practical health care management examples, applications, issues, and exercises requiring critical thinking and effective writing will be emphasized.

HEA 613 Advocacy and Quality of Health Care Services
This course is an introduction to patient advocacy for graduate students in the health professions. Topics include ethics, health care financing and policy, health advocacy for special populations, and key strategies for system change.

HEA 614 Health Care Technology and Information Management
This course will provide future health care managers with the knowledge and skills they need to work effectively with information systems technology. Topics covered in this course include emerging technology, information systems, the internet’s impact on health care organizations, and system standards, among others.

HEA 616 Strategic Leadership in Health Care
Healthcare industry requires visionary, creative and transformational leaders who can navigate effectively through a dynamic and complex landscape. This course will provide the foundational concepts and principles necessary for exercising strategic leadership.

Accreditation

CEPH accreditation serves multiple purposes for different constituents. In general, specialized accreditation attests to the quality of an educational program that prepares for entry into a recognized profession.

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Philosophy may sound dauntingly remote from our daily concerns, but its basic questions "What can I know? What may I hope? What must I do?" actually pose themselves throughout any thinking person's journey. Read more
Philosophy may sound dauntingly remote from our daily concerns, but its basic questions "What can I know? What may I hope? What must I do?" actually pose themselves throughout any thinking person's journey. And the skills it teaches — close reading, careful thinking, and the critique of ideas — apply to most areas of human endeavour. A background in philosophy is thus excellent training for many careers, and matchless preparation for life itself.

The graduate Certificate in Healthcare Ethics, which requires no previous background in philosophy, offers training in moral reasoning within the medical setting for those with undergraduate degrees who meet the graduate school’s and department’s entrance requirements. Students will develop skills in seeing, analysing, and resolving problems in the healthcare field. The certificate can be completed in three semesters.

Curriculum

Core modules:

• PHI 502 History of Western Ethics
• PHI 570 Bioethics

Focused Electives (choose three):

• HEA 500 DISEASES
• HEA 501 Integrative Health
• HEA 512 Challenge of HIV/AIDS: ISS-IMP-PREV-CONT
• HEA 514 Approaches to Health Care Delivery
• HEA 537 Women's Health Issues A Transcultural Perspective
• HEA 550 Evidence-Based Medicine and Public Health
• HEA 555 Women's Health Issues A Transcultural Perspective
• PHI 405 Feminist Theory
• PHI 522 Philosophy of Science
• PHI 582 Social Philosophy

For more detailed information about these modules, please visit the website:

http://catalog.wcupa.edu/graduate/arts-humanities/philosophy/healthcare-ethics-certificate/

Careers

Program graduates are employed in the following fields:

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary

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