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Student Affairs

Student Affairs Practice Certificate - Credits 9 (program code:  0702)

Program Description

The Student Affairs Practice Certificate is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and skills necessary for an entry-level position in student affairs, as well as to assist those currently working in student affairs units who seek to advance their own personal knowledge and professional  credentials.  It is a post-baccalaureate program.

Student affairs professionals provide services and support to enhance student growth and development. They work in a variety of settings including housing and residential life, student union management, student leadership, new student orientation, admissions, financial aid, student success and retention, and may provide counseling, career services, and multicultural support services

The Certificate in Student Affairs Practice will NOT certify you as a professional counselor.  You may want to check your state's licensure laws for more information.Courses, however, might be able to be used for continuing education or additional credits toward professional counselor licensure. (Check with your state licensing board for counselors)

Program Objectives

The certificate in Student Affairs Practice will equip the learner with competencies in these core areas of study:

  • The philosophical, legal and ethical foundations of the field of student affairs.
  • Functions and practices of student affairs units in college or university setting.
  • College student learning and development.
  • Student affairs administration.

Delivery Mode

100 percent online

Admissions Criteria

  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA in a baccalaureate degree verified by official transcripts from an accredited institution
  • Completed Graduate Application for Admission plus $25 nonrefundable application fee


CED 777 Student Affairs Services in Higher Education3 crs.
CED 778 The College Student and Higher Education Environment3 crs.
CED 779 Administration of Student Services in Higher Education3 crs.

Application Questions

School of Graduate Studiesand Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Eberly 202B
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

Program Coordinator

John Patrick, CRC, NCC, LPC, D.Ed. (Pennsylvania State University), M.S. (University of Scranton), B.A. (Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania), Professor
Web page:
Phone: 724-938-4452


Gloria Cataldo Brusoski, NCC, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh), M.Ed. (Gannon University), B.A. (Duquesne University), Professor; Licensed Psychologist
Phone: 724-938-4123

Elizabeth Gruber, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), M.A. (Youngstown State University), B.S. (Bowling Green State University), Professor, Field Site Coordinator
Phone: 724-938-1567

Jeff Samide, NCC, LPC, Ed.D., M.Ed. (Indiana University of Pennsylvania), B.A. (Saint Vincent College), Associate Professor
Phone: 724-938-4123

Taunya Tinsley, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Duquesne University), M.A. (University of Iowa), B.A. (Augsburg College), Associate Professor
Phone: 724-938-5698

Jacqueline A. Walsh, NCC, LPC, Ph.D. (Kent State University), M.S., B.S. (California University of Pennsylvania), Professor
Phone: 724-938-4123