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Accessibility Studies - Complete Your Certificate in 10 Weeks - 100% Online

Accessibility Studies - Complete Your Certificate in 10 Weeks - 100% Online
This new certificate prepares students to understand accessibility by applying universal design principles to all fields of study and careers: business to sociology. Accessibility Studies provides opportunities to learn about barriers that exclude people with disabilities. Moreover, it serves to ensure that every environment will accommodate everyone, regardless of ability. Laws and accessibility requirements directly impact employers in all industries. And having employees skilled in this area brings added value to an organization.

               Contact: Naomi Petersen, 509-963-1481

Adminis​trative Management

The ITAM Administrative Management Certificate is the perfect complement to any CWU major. Students will complete courses in communications, management and leadership while gaining a foundation of basic operations and strategy. Today, more than ever, students of any CWU major will benefit from the knowledge and application of Administrative Management in the global economy.




This new certificate prepares its students to meet the growing need for qualified cybersecurity specialists. Over the last decade cyber intrusions have increased dramatically at great social and economic cost. Graduates from the Cybersecurity certificate learn how to identify security risks to systems and create functions to protect against digital attacks. They have careers such as Computer/Network Security Specialists, IT Security Specialists, Security Policy Analysts, and Applications Security Engineers. Tailored to meet the needs of one of the fastest growing fields in today's job market, the Cybersecurity certificate complements any major with a high-demand skill set.



English Language Learner

The ELL endorsement program offered by Central Washington University has been approved by the Professional Education Standards Board. It will be delivered completely online and with continuous enrollment, a certified teacher can complete the course requirements in three (3) quarters (a WEST-E exam will be needed for the endorsement). 

                Contact: Craig Huges; 509-963-1269;


Global Literacy Development

Students in the Global Literacy Development Certificate Program will gain knowledge of best practices in literacy development and effective communication strategies. Certificate holders will be equipped with communication skills and basic knowledge about literacy development in order to support, sustain and enhance literacy programs for a variety of organizations.

Contact: Janet Finke; 509-963-1951;


Information Technology

In today's world technology is advancing at a rapid pace. Become a leader in your profession by augmenting your degree with an Information Technology Certificate! This program prepares students in any field to handle networking, systems analysis, security, and project management. These skills are in high-demand and will be a valuable selling point as you begin your job search. The curriculum is constantly updated to stay current with the latest technological developments and is taught by knowledgeable doctorate-level faculty.



Library Media Endorsement

The Library Media program offers endorsement to the teaching certificate. Individuals completing this 27 credit program will have met the initial level of preparation necessary to direct a learning resources (library media) center in a K-12 school. Completing this program and passing the West-E test will allow you highly qualified status under the NCLB Act.

Contact: Henry Williams; 509-963-1415;


Non-Profit Organization Management

The certificate in non-profit organization management is an interdisciplinary certificate designed to provide an understanding of the organization, financing and management issues in non-profit organizations. It is designed to complement majors in artistic, advocacy, public relations, social services and educational endeavors. The certificate provides practical, hands-on skills as well as discussion of the issues facing non-profit organizations.This certificate is ideal for professionals seeking an edge in their career but cannot return to school for a degree.

Contact: Cesar Garcia; 509-963-1097;


Project Management

Employers need skilled employees capable of leading projects in their organizations. This new certificate from ITAM will prepare you to meet this need with knowledge specific to successfully managing projects. You will gain skills in this high-demand field of Project Management that, when combined with the soft-skills classes, will give you the competitive edge in the marketplace. Project Management skills are applicable in any industry and will complement any major. All courses are offered 100% online or in class to give students flexibility.



Retail Management & Technology

The Retail Management and Technology Certificate is the perfect complement to your degree and will prepare you to be competitive in the modern job market. Students learn all sides of the retail environment from business basics to marketing and selling products to customer relationship management and the nuances of e-commerce. Plus this 23 credit certificate can be completed 100% online, making it a highly convenient way to augment your marketability.



Rural and Community Health Graduate Certificate

CWU’s new Graduate Certificate in Rural and Community Health offers students the chance to pursue graduate coursework in public health with a focus on rural and underserved communities. The program emphasizes applied study to build skills in program planning and evaluation, health services administration and management, grant writing, and leadership within public health-related agencies that serve rural and other underserved communities. This 17-credit certificate can be completed entirely online in two academic quarters, which is ideal for working students and those unable to commute to a traditional face-to-face academic program.

                Contact: Tishra Beeson; 509-963-2494; 

Teacher Certification

The Alternative Pathways to Teaching (APT) program is designed for individuals with at least a bachelor’s degree who wish to become educators. The APT program employs a hybrid instructional delivery model with hands-on mentorship and training, supplemented with online coursework, and takes one year to complete.


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