If you're considering further study after graduation but aren't ready to commit to a Master's or Ph.D. program, you might want to think about a graduate certificate program. A graduate certificate takes less time (and money!) to earn than a graduate degree, and the extra training and skills that you can gain may give you just the boost you need to find success in your chosen career.
Here are some reasons to consider a graduate certificate program:
- You're interested in career field, but lack the specific skills needed to enter into the workforce
- You need extra training to meet state or national licensing requirements (such as for teaching or certain health professions)
- While you had a career in mind during your time at Goucher, you've since changed your plans and need to build some specific skills in your new field of interest
- You want a quicker route to being able to enter your field of interest than pursuing a graduate degree
While you can't always fulfill the job requirements for every field through a certificate program, it can be a great option for some professions. Below are some examples of certificate programs, as well as some general resources to help you get started in your search.
Database of Certificate Programs
On the GradSchools.com website, search for certificate programs in your field of interest.
Online Certificate Programs
Provides an overview of what online graduate certificate programs entail, with some basic information on several different programs.
What is a Certificate Program?
Offers a basic description of certificate programs with information on different programs.
Baltimore City Community College
Offers 27 certificate programs in technology, business, engineering, health care, hospitality, teacher education, and other programs.
Maryland Teaching Certificate Programs
Provides a list of the colleges and universities in Maryland that offer Teacher Certificate programs.
Schools in Maryland with Certificate Programs
Listing of certificate programs in the state of Maryland.
Offers numerous certificate programs within education, arts, health professions, and many others.
UMBC English Language Center- TESOL training
Offered through the UMBC Continuing and Professional Studies program, this course offers training in the Teaching of English as a Second Language (TESOL), either domestically or abroad.
University of Baltimore
Offers certificate programs in accounting fundamentals, business fundamentals, information design, new media publishing, and strategic management & public accountability systems. Also offers a post-graduate certificate in professional counseling studies.