Benefits of a Certificate Program
What Is a Certificate Program?
Associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs are the most commonly
earned marks of completion in higher education. Another common, but lesser known,
mark of completion are certificates earned from certificate programs.
Certificate programs are like associate programs because they both take a short amount
of time to complete, although associate degrees are generally better-rounded in terms
of topics and courses. Certificate programs are generally completed during your education before earning your actual degree and
are generally suited to the field of study you’ve chosen, whether it’s business, technology,
science or anything else. Some certificates must be completed before a student can
earn a degree in their area of study, however, this requirement may change depending
on the university’s curriculum.
Certificates can also be optional depending on what you choose to study at university.
Some students choose certificate programs outside their field of study to round out
their education or simply for their own personal fulfillment and interest. Whether
it’s for professional advancement or personal interest, certificate programs provide
Benefits of Certificate Programs
- It stands out on a resume – When employers read through dozens of resumes they’re
looking for things that immediately stand out about a candidate. For example, if you’re
applying for a general counseling position with a counseling degree and a certificate
in something specialized like advocacy or civil rights (knowledge of use to your degree),
your well-rounded education may make you stand out more from the competition and make
you more appealing to employers.
Employers love continuous learners because it shows that you’re always looking to
improve and learn new things, making you a valuable asset to any business or company.
Certificates can also fast track you to employment in a specialized niche of counseling that not many people apply for, improving your chances of finding employment.
- Provides a well-rounded education – Learning new things just for the sake of it bears
intrinsic value, as it can inspire people to try new things, communicate better and
opens their minds to new ideas and ways of thinking. Certificates also offer a pool
of knowledge to pull from, whether you’re engaged in everyday conversation or suddenly
find a bit of knowledge from your certificate program can be put to use in a completely
separate career field.
- Can facilitate a last-minute career change – A sudden change in your career goals
is natural, but the time spent going to school for a particular degree that no longer
has much value to you can, in essence, put you back at square one when switching to
a career in a completely separate field. Certificates can help you enter that new
field without needing to go back to school for four years. It can be a valuable safety
net that’ll help open doors in your new career and get you closer to the career you
want much faster.
- Earn more money – A study conducted by the Center of Education and the Workforce at
Georgetown University found students who earned a post-secondary certificate added
almost $117,000 in lifetime earnings over a high school diploma or those without degrees.
Depending on the field of study, tuition for certificate programs is generally cheaper
than full-fledged degree programs. With ever-rising costs of degree programs, certificates
are a great alternative for those looking to further their education without needing
to pay off student loans for decades afterward.
- Helps people with busy lives gain an edge – Certificates are not equivalent to a degree,
but they still make great options for people busy with families and full-time jobs
to further their skills in a short amount of time and take potential steps toward
a degree program in the future.
Start Your Career on the Right Foot with a Certificate from Upper Iowa University
>Whether you’ve just started your academic career or are looking for an opportunity
to enroll in an affordable certificate program to gain an edge in your field, Upper
Iowa University has the certificate program to help you excel.
Since 1857, UIU has provided students with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed
in the classroom and the world. UIU has become a recognized innovator in offering
accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including
online and self-paced study.
UIU’s graduate and undergraduate certificate programs include diverse areas of study
in which you can specialize, including:
- Communication Studies
- Emergency and Disaster Management
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Human Resources Management
- Organizational Communications
- Organizational Leadership
- Pre-Professional Arts Administration
- Literacy Coach
- Teacher Leadership
- M.Ed. Higher Education: Leadership
- M.Ed. Higher Education: Student Affairs
Post Graduate Certificates
- Corporate Financial Management
- Human Resource Management
- Organizational Development
Contact UIU today to schedule a counseling appointment with our attentive, knowledgeable counselors who will help you pick a certificate
program that meets your career goals and educational endeavors.