Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate certificate programs range from 9 to 15 credit hours, and many of the following programs are offered in online and hybrid formats that fit the needs of international educators.


The Graduate Certificate in Autism includes 15 hours of coursework that prepares educators to effectively teach the increasing number of students diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Offered Mostly Online

Assistive Technology

The Assistive Technology Graduate Certificate is a collaborative effort between the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling, the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in the College of Allied Health, and the Human Development Institute. Students may choose an emphasis from either Special Education or Rehabilitation Counseling.


Offered Mostly Online

Health Coaching

Health Coaching has been defined as, “…the practice of health education and health promotion within a coaching context, to enhance the wellbeing of individuals and to facilitate the achievement of their health-related goals.” The aim of the Graduate Certificate curriculum is to provide a foundation in current behavior change theories/models, motivational interviewing, as well as understanding of current health issues.

Offered on Campus

Distance Education

Distance education requires a unique set of skills for course program development, management, support, and delivery. To prepare educators seeking to develop online programs, the University of Kentucky offers a graduate certificate in distance education through the collaborative efforts of the Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling (EDSRC) and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction (EISD) within the Instructional Systems Design (ISD) program and Distance Learning Programs.

Offered Entirely Online

Inclusive Education

This 5-course graduate certificate program prepares general educators, educational leaders, and other school personnel (e.g., counselors) to team with specialists to design and deliver effective accommodations, modifications, and interventions within general education settings.

Offered in Hybrid Format

Next Generation Teaching & Learning

The purpose of this certificate program is to prepare educators, educational leaders, and other school personnel to demonstrate Next Generation pedagogy and assessment. The certificate will enhance educator preparation and be critical to clinical professional development for practicing teachers and leaders who need to demonstrate competencies in the 21st century innovative practices for Next Generation Teaching and Learning.

Offered in Hybrid Format

School Technology Leadership

In five courses  school leaders can dramatically deepen their ability to lead school systems into a digital, global era. Students will learn everything from a deeper understanding of the global educational context, to how to make effective hiring decisions for technology-savvy teachers, to the elements of leadership in 1-1 computing environments, to the legal and policy structures critical for reform. 

Offered Entirely Online


In order to enroll in the College of Education Graduate Certificate Programs, students must first be admitted to the University of Kentucky Graduate School. Qualified applicants will have earned baccalaureate degrees from fully accredited institutions and meet admission requirements set by the University of Kentucky Graduate School. For those seeking admission to the certificate program only, your admissions category is “Graduate Certificate.” No GRE scores are required by the Graduate School for students only seeking a graduate certificate. If your native country does not have English as a first language, you may be required to submit TOEFL scores. Apply here for admission.

Those students who are enrolled in graduate programs at other institutions may be admitted as visiting students. For more information about a certificate, contact the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) associated with the program. Please consult the online catalog to learn more about individual courses. Consult the academic calendar for important dates. Visiting the Registrar’s page for information on registration, transcripts, and residency. Students taking online courses will pay the in-state tuition rate for those courses.

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