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Explore our Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership for Student Success

Student success is a major concern for higher education leaders today.

College and university educators who can do more with less and help their students achieve important educational goals will be in great demand. If you’re a current or aspiring higher education leader, the online Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Leadership for Student Success can help you develop the practical skills you need to create institutional changes that improve student retention and outcomes.

Explore strategies for developing programs and support services to help more students from increasingly diverse backgrounds reach their educational goals. Gain a deeper understanding of current higher education systems and future trends as you examine the social, political, and economic contexts influencing four-year colleges, universities, and community colleges. Discover how to apply business principles and best practices to help institutions more effectively manage resources and meet student needs.M

Curriculum

Completion Requirements

  • 12 total semester credits

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

Credits earned from this certificate program may be applied toward Walden’s MS in Higher Education with a specialization in Leadership for Student Success.

Courses

Course Code Title Credits
EDUC 6156

Understanding Students: Learning, Development, and Diversity

The success of any business is tied directly to its ability to serve its customers effectively. In higher education, those customers are students. In this course, education professionals examine fundamental principles of student learning and development as well as the implications of these principles for adult learners from a variety of backgrounds who have diverse needs and are in different stages of the educational process. They investigate and discuss factors affecting students' educational goals and aspirations, their ability to stay in college, and the impact of their educational experiences on their learning and development; through this exploration and discussion, education professionals gain a better understanding of the ways leaders can improve these outcomes.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6263

Best Practices for Student Success

Student success depends not only on the quality of the institution's academic programs but also on the quality and availability of student services. In particular, the growing need to help increasingly diverse student populations succeed in college requires innovative approaches to retention and support initiatives. In this course, education professionals explore strategies to plan, organize, and manage student services and programs effectively as well as for ensuring that these programs meet legal and regulatory requirements. They also engage in coursework that emphasizes the design and deployment of programs and services, which enables students from diverse backgrounds to achieve their educational goals.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6751

Creating Supportive Learning and Service Environments

Supporting and retaining students until graduation are central to the mission of all institutions of higher education. In this course, education professionals investigate strategies for increasing student success throughout their college experience, from admission to graduation. They explore the ways in which faculty and staff throughout the institution can work collaboratively and leverage resources, such as emerging technologies, to create positive learning experiences. Educators focus on the interplay between academic and student support programs as well as how to design and implement such programs to maximize opportunities for student success.

(3 sem. cr.)
EDUC 6752

Leading Change in Student Support Programs

In this course, education professionals explore strategies for leading change in programs and services to support student success and retention. Education professionals engage in research and discussion on a variety of issues, such as assessing needs, developing programs, and seeking resources through fundraising and grant writing. They also engage in activities that focus on ways that change efforts can support an institution's mission and strategic goals, such as increasing the participation of traditionally underrepresented populations in key program areas and building more inclusive communities of learners. 

(3 sem. cr.)

Tuition and Fees

Curriculum Component Requirements Cost Total *
Tuition 12 total semester credit hours $740 per semester hour $8,800
Technology Fee Per semester $210 $420


TOTAL $9,300


Transfer up to 6 credits $4,650


Total with Maximum Transfer Credits† $4,650

The tuition reflects the minimum time to completion. Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an Enrollment Specialist at 855-646-5286.

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost between $400 to $600.

Maximum transfer credit total includes reduction in technology fee as related to reduced number of courses over time.

Admission Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission to a graduate certificate program. Exceptions and other requirements may apply, depending on individual programs. Consult your Walden Enrollment Specialist about admission requirements for specific certificate programs. Call 855-646-5286 in the United States or see a list of international toll-free phone numbers.

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