The purpose of the program is to prepare faculty and administrators who have master’s or doctorates in various academic disciplines to work more effectively in developmental and remedial education and learning support programs serving academically underprepared, at-risk and nontraditional learners in community and technical colleges and four-year colleges and universities. The program is designed particularly to appeal to faculty and administrators in community and technical colleges where many personnel are not expected to have terminal degrees but do need some graduate preparation to work with developmental learners who comprise a large part of their clientele.
The vision of the Post-Master’s Certificate in Developmental Education is to become the premier provider of graduate-level coursework in the field of developmental education to practicing developmental educators and learning assistance professionals who do not wish to seek a terminal degree in the field.
The mission of the Post-Master’s Certificate in Developmental Education is to provide practicing developmental educators and learning assistance professionals with the knowledge, skills, and competencies identified in research and best practices literature as being critical for effective developmental instructors, learning assistance specialists, and program leaders. Candidates will have strong theoretical foundations in the developmental nature of learning and the needs of nontraditional learners.
WHAT IS THE POST-MASTER’S CERTIFICATE?
The Post-Master’s Certificate in Developmental Education is a 21-hour online, post-master’s certificate program that is designed for developmental education and learning assistance professionals.
This certificate is ideal for professionals who have earned a master’s degree in various academic disciplines, but who want to pursue graduate work in developmental education without earning the doctoral degree.
WHY GRAMBLING’S POST-MASTER’S CERTIFICATE?
Grambling State University was the first institution in the nation to offer the Doctor of Education with the major in Developmental Education and has offered Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Developmental Education for more than 30 years.
Our various degree programs have a strong history of producing leaders in the field of Developmental Education.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE (PMC)?
–Convenience. The PMC is 100% completely online and is therefore a great choice for working professionals.
–Transfer option. Candidates have the option to transfer all PMC courses into the Doctor of Education Degree Program.
–Demand for the Certificate. The demand for professionals in the field of developmental education is expected to grow as more states relegate developmental education to community colleges and require certifications in the field.
–Longevity. Grambling State University was the first institution in the nation to to offer the Doctorate of Education with a major in Developmental Education. Grambling has offered Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Developmental Education for more than 30 years.
Following admission to the Graduate School, the individual must submit to the Department of Developmental and Higher Education an application for admission to the PMC program. Applicants must have three recommendations sent by appropriate individuals to the department. When an individual’s application materials are complete, they are evaluated by the department’s graduate admissions committee, and the student is notified of the committee’s decision regarding admission to the program.
The Department admits students twice a year during the fall and spring semesters. To be considered for admission for the fall semester, the Department must receive the student’s complete application package by April 1. To be considered for admission for the spring semester, the Department must receive the student’s complete application package by October 1.
Students entering the PMC program must have at least a master’s degree from an accredited institution, and must meet the same criteria required by the Department of Developmental and Higher Education for admission to the master’s degree program in developmental education.
Requirements for admission to the Post Master’s Certificate program in Developmental Education include the following criteria:
-A Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or
proof of equivalent training at a foreign university
-At least a 3.0 grade point average on the last Master’s Degree earned
-A writing sample on the application form – 500 words minimum
-The GRE score as accepted by the Department of Developmental and Higher Education
-The Admissions Committee may interview the applicant
A degree-seeking applicant for admission to the School of Graduate Studies must:
International applicants must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and an affidavit of sponsorship in addition to the information requested above.
Applications for these tests are available from www.ets.org or:
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000
An application fee of $20.00 for first admission and $10.00 for re-admission (year
or older application fee: $20.00). International students must remit $30.00 for first
The application fee must be in the form of a money order or cashier’s check made payable to Grambling State University and must accompany the application at the time it is filed.
PERSONAL CHECKS ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE. DO NOT SEND CASH. The fee is neither credited toward the matriculation fee if the applicant is not accepted, nor is it refunded if the applicant does not enroll.
Test scores and recommendation forms are not required for non-degree students; however, an official transcript of the last degree awarded must be submitted. Non-degree students may apply for a maximum of 15 hours to be counted towards a degree.
The application for admission to the School of Graduate Studies & Research and all supporting documents should be on file at least 60 days prior to registration. Late applications will be processed in due course. No guarantee can be made that these applications will be processed in time for registration.
Any admitted student not enrolled for one regular semester, excluding summer sessions, must apply for re-admission to the School of Graduate Studies. The following documents must be submitted to the School:
Application for re-admission (completed and signed)
$10.00 re-admission application fee (money order or cashier’s check, made payable to Grambling State University (Year or older application fee: $20.00);
Two (2) official copies of transcript from college(s) attended while absent from Grambling State University.
Please return completed application and requested documents to:
School of Graduate Studies & Research
Grambling State University
GSU Box 4239
Grambling, LA 71245
ALL RECORDS AND DOCUMENTS BECOME THE PROPERTY OF GRAMBLING STATE UNIVERSITY AND WILL NOT BE RETURNED.