Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificates are comprised of linked courses in focused areas of study that provide students with a specialized emphasis to enhance their career options, focus their degree program, or to advance lifelong learning. Those interested in taking courses in a graduate certificate program should be sure to review the admission requirements for that specific program and contact the certificate’s director if additional information is desired.

Students who are not currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program, but who are ready to begin a graduate certificate program, should apply using the application link below and choose the “non-degree seeking” option where appropriate.

In many cases, up to 12 hours of coursework from a certificate program (with grades of B or better) may be transferred into and used towards satisfaction of a graduate degree program with prior approval of the student’s graduate faculty advisor.

Food Writing and Photography

The Food Writing and Photography graduate certificate can be obtained with 15 hours of graduate level study, either 100% online or as a hybrid of online and face-to-face courses.

Students pursuing this certificate will take three required online courses with a focus on food writing and photography (JOU 6114: Multimedia Reporting, MMC 6936: Digital Law and Ethics, MMC 6936: Special Topics in Food Communication), take one journalism elective (either face-to-face or online), and complete one culminating project.

Should a non-degree seeking student decide to pursue a Master’s degree in Journalism and Media Studies or Digital Journalism and Design after completing Food Writing and Photography coursework, up to 12 credit hours may be applied to graduate work. Note: Participation in the certificate program does not guarantee admission into a graduate degree program.

Applicants must satisfy the following:

  • A bachelor’s level degree with a cumulative 3.0 GPA in their overall program or in the last 60 hours of study attempted while completing a bachelor’s degree.
  • Candidates who have less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA will be considered for the certificate if they can provide evidence of at least five years’ experience in an area related to the Food Writing Certificate program. This includes work in culinary arts, restaurant or food management, or work that involved substantial writing for print, broadcast or the web.
  • A cover letter describing their interest in the program.

For more information, please visit foodwriting.usfsp.edu.

Geospatial Science

The Geospatial Science graduate certificate can be obtained with 12 hours of graduate level study as a hybrid of online and face-to-face courses.

Students pursuing this certificate will take three sequential required courses and one elective with a focus on Geospatial Science:

GIS 5049 Geographical Information System for non majors
GIS 6100 Geographical Information System
GIS 6038 Advanced Remote Sensing
*GIS 6306 Environmental application of GIS – is an elective and can be substituted by taking an Independent Study Course under the following numbers: GEO 6908, GLY 6905, OCE 6908, CCJ 6905, ANG 6905, or BSC 6905

Note: Participation in the certificate program does not guarantee admission into a graduate degree program.

Applicants must satisfy the following:

  • Admission to the program is based on academic merit and/or relevant work experience as noted of the GIS professional certification site located at http://www.gisci.org/GISP?CertificationRenewal.aspx. Students will be selected on the basis of information included in the application. The deadline for submitting a Fall application is July 31st; for the Spring semester, Nov 30th.
  • Completion of introductory GIS course or workshop within the last 5 years, or equivalent work experience.
  • An Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.

For more information, please contact Dr. Barnali Dixon at bdixon@usfsp.edu.

Infant-Family Mental Health

This fully online graduate certificate program is designed for individuals who are interested in gaining knowledge, skills and connections to become powerful change agents for infant-family mental health in the systems and communities where they live and work.  It is a 12-hour certificate appropriate for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work, criminology, human development, early childhood education, nursing or other social science-related fields, and will benefit practitioners in allied health professions and social and behavioral sciences. The program does not provide specialized clinical training in specific forms or modalities of intervention but rather provides broad coverage of knowledge necessary for informed and competent work in early childhood mental health, prenatal and health-related positions, child protection and child welfare positions, and other fields working with families of infants and toddlers. Program emphases include theoretical/conceptual and applied issues relating to:

  • Coparenting
  • Cultural Diversity and Humility
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Triadic and Family-focused Intervention
  • Risk and Resiliency
  • Reflective Practice
  • Systems and Community Change

Admissions Requirements:
Applicants must satisfy the following:

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Overall minimum GPA of 3.0 or minimum GPA of 3.0 on all work completed while registered as an upper-division baccalaureate student.
  • Prior undergraduate course work in ethics and in child development (requirement will be waived with permission of program faculty for practicing professionals working with families of children aged 0-3 with at least one year of prior direct service).
  • A 1,000-word statement of intent for seeking a certificate in Infant-Family Mental Health, including discussion of your motivations; your background (especially the academic and professional aspects); the specific community, professional, policy or scholarly issues in which you have an interest; how your background has prepared you to excel in the Infant-Family Mental Health Certificate program; and how you intend to apply your education when you complete the certificate program.
  • Three letters of recommendation from qualified people who are familiar with the nature of the work required of graduate students in the social sciences, and who can address your ability to excel in this type of work.
  • Two examples of professional or academic writing.

Certificate Program Requirements
Required Courses:

  • Infant-Family Mental Health (January – May)
  • Assessment of Infant-Family Mental Health (June – July; 6 weeks)
  • Working with Families of Infants and Toddlers (July – August; 6 weeks)
  • Coparenting and Systems Change for Infant-Family Mental Health (August – December)

For more information, please contact the Infant-Family Mental Health Certificate Coordinator, Ebony Miller, M.S.W., at ebonymiller@mail.usf.edu or (727) 873-4848 or visit Infant-Family Mental Health Certificate.

Leadership Management

To be admitted to the certificate program in Leadership Management, students not currently enrolled in a graduate program at USF St. Petersburg must have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 in their last 60 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university in their baccalaureate program. Students currently enrolled in other graduate programs at USF St. Petersburg are automatically eligible for the certificate program upon the approval of their graduate advisor.

After successfully completing the MBA Essentials online module in Management, students in the program have their choice of completing any three (3) of the courses listed below. All courses listed are three (3) credit hours for a total of nine (9) credits.
1.   GEB 6930 Social Issues in Management (offered alternate Spring 2012)
2.   MAN 6601 International Management (Online Spring 2012)
3.   MAN 6289 Organizational Change and Development (TBD)
4.   GEB 6930 Leadership and Corporate Accountability (Summer & Fall)
5.   MAN 6107   Leadership Perspective (Fall 2011)
6.   GEB 6930 Managing Business Sustainability (Online Summer 2012)

Requirements for Completion of Certificate Program
1.   An overall GPA of at least 3.00 in the 3 courses
2.   A minimum grade of C+ or better in each course
3.   Completion of program within three years of initial semester of enrollment

Certificate students may transfer a maximum of two certificate courses into the MBA program, with the condition that the student has earned a minimum grade of B in both courses.

For more information, contact Dr. Alison Watkins atawatkins@usfsp.edu or (727) 873-4MBA. Please visit Leadership Management Certificate.

Middle Grades Digitally-Enhanced Mathematics Education

The five-course sequence for this technology-enhanced certificate program comprises a middle-grades methods course, a course in content area reading, and three mathematics courses that incorporate the use of interactive, representational technology when teaching algebra, geometry, measurement, and data analysis. Together these courses are designed to provide teachers with the mathematical, pedagogical, and technological foundation required to prepare middle school students for high school mathematics. The curricular focus includes both teaching conceptually-based instructional sequences, as well as developing conceptually-based instructional strategies for use in the middle school mathematics classroom. As a result, each course in the certificate will contain a school-embedded technology project to provide documentation of student learning in each of the big ideas identified by Florida’s Next Generation Sunshine State Standards in mathematics.

Tuition assistance is available thanks to the generous support of Progress Energy.

Program of Study (Program Courses)

The 15-credit hour certificate consists of the following five courses, and should be completed during four consecutive semesters beginning in summer.*

  • MAE 6356 (3 credit hours)–Teaching of Pre-Secondary School Mathematics
  • RED 6544 (3 credit hours)–Cognition, Comprehension, and Content-Area Reading
  • MAE 6327 (3 credit hours)–Teaching Technology-Enhanced Algebra in the Middle Grades
  • MAE 6337 (3 credit hours)–Teaching Technology-Enhanced Geometry in the Middle Grades
  • MAE 6824 (3 credit hours)– Technology-Enhanced Numerical Analysis in the Middle Grades

*For any teacher interested in pursuing a master’s degree program beyond the certificate, four of the five courses from the certificate program are transferable to the master’s degree with approval of the program advisor.

For more information, call (727) 873-4646 or please visit Teaching of Digitally Enhanced Mathematics.