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Certificates of Specialization (COS)

Certificates of Specialization (COS) can be pursued by non-degree seekers who want to pursue professional development, as well as online and on-campus students who are working toward degrees and want to earn additional credentials in another area of interest. Earn a certificate in two to five courses, depending on the concentration. It is a non-transcriptable post-baccalaureate certificate issued by the College of Education upon completing all the certificate program courses. (Courses comprising the certificate will appear on the transcript, but the certificate's name will not.) Once you have completed the coursework, please complete the request form linked here to receive your certificate. You will receive your certificate via email or be notified if there is an issue with your request.

Program Details

Course Format: Fully Online  | Credit Hours: 8-20  |  Course Duration: 8 weeks (Fall & Spring); 6 weeks (Summer)

Tuition Costs: $510 per credit hour*

COS Application Deadlines: Deadlines: 6 convenient deadlines throughout the year.


Curriculum & Instruction

Provides educators with an understanding of key teaching strategies to help support multilingual students in their classrooms.

Community College Leadership

Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

Equips individuals to take on positions of leadership, from dean to the presidency, in the two-year higher education sector.

Digital Learning

Curriculum & Instruction

Learn about the potential of technology in diverse learning environments such as schools, museums, and after school settings, and explore educational applications, games, and toys.

Diversity & Equity in Education

Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

A social-justice focused certificate of specialization that provides educators with transformative approaches for diversity and equity issues within P-16 learning environments.

Global Studies in Education

Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

Addresses education and global change from social justice and critical democracy perspectives. Develop an understanding of the globalization of policy, pedagogy in different contexts including online environments, and children and youth studies.

Human Resource Development

Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

Enhances knowledge and the applied processes used to improve workplace performance and individual learning in organizations.

Instructional Design MasterTrack

Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

Launch your instructional design career in four months with this two-course training program that will provide you with the sought-after skills needed in the growing field of instructional design.

Instructional System Design Management and Leadership (ISDML)

Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

A practice-oriented program grounded in instructional system design and learning technologies and is positioned to efficiently up-skill the training and learning development workforce in organizations.

International Education Administration & Leadership

Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

Trains professionals to lead, develop, implement, and evaluate international programming and internationalization activities in business/industry and postsecondary settings, in both private and public sectors.

Leadership & Equity

Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

Addresses the knowing-doing gap for practicing and aspiring leaders. Seeks to prepare leaders to take action in disrupting and dismantling status quo practices that are inequitable and unjust.

Learning Design & Leadership

Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

Provides opportunities to learn how to create more engaging learning environments by integrating new media technologies.

Online Teaching in Higher Education Environment

Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

Addresses the need to current and future professionals in higher education who are interested in understanding and developing online teaching competencies. Will enable individuals to design, implement, and sustain meaningful online learning experiences for diverse populations in higher education contexts.

Technology Specialist

Education Policy, Organization & Leadership

Prepares educators to understand technology and know how to use it in their classroom or workplace. Learn about emerging technologies and about their implications on teaching and learning.

Trauma-Informed Education

Special Education

For degree and non-degree seeking students. Requires a total of 12-14 credit hours coursework designed for developing students' understanding of trauma in educational settings.

Weekly Online Synchronous Sessions

The program consists of online video synchronous sessions that typically meet once per week, Monday - Thursday, anytime between 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm CT. These sessions are required and are designed for you to interact with your course instructors and peers synchronously for enriched learning experiences.  


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*Tuition and fees are direct costs charged by the university. The cost of attendance also includes indirect cost allowances for food, housing, books, supplies, and other expenses. You will not be billed by the university for these costs unless you live in university housing.  Use the Illinois Cost Calculator for an estimated cost of attendance.** 


** Note: Online students will only be charged tuition at the rate of $510 per credit hour. Please see the Instructional Design MasterTrack®️ Certificate for information on its special tuition rate. Tuition rates are subject to change.