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Post-Master’s Certificate
in Transfer Leadership and Practice

Advance your expertise as part of the only credit-bearing, online certificate program for transfer leadership and practice in the country.
Program Highlights:
  • Fully online, 12 credit hour program from the University of North Georgia

  • Designed to be completed in one year - two (consecutive) eight-week courses per semester

  • Courses accepted as part of UNG’s online Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership and Practice

  • Cohorts begin each fall semester

  • Discount on NISTS Annual Conference registration (graduate student rate)

Application Deadline:
  • August 1st for Fall Cohort

  • Completion of Master’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) prior to beginning certificate work.

  • Estimated total cost: $4,300

For more info:

Janet L. Marling, Ph.D.
Executive Director, NISTS
Associate Professor of Education,
University of North Georgia

Call:  (706) 864-1582


EDD 7210 - Historical and Contemporary Contexts of Community Colleges

This course is designed to study the historical development of the transfer function in the U.S. higher education system with an emphasis on the major source of transfer students – community colleges.  The course examines the historical development of community colleges and the transfer function, growing importance of the transfer function as a mechanism of access, and brings students to the contemporary, multi-dimensional context of transfer pathways.

EDD 7211 - Transfer Student Communities

This course is designed to study current issues, challenges and successes of diverse transfer student populations. Emphasis is placed on understanding the overall educational experiences and barriers to success of transfer students. The course focuses on research related to historically marginalized communities and specific groups of transfer students, including first-generation college students, low-income students, student veterans, adult, adult re-entry students, and rural students.

EDD 7212 - Dimensions of Transfer: Pathways, Policies, and Practices

This course is designed to study traditional and contemporary pathways to transfer with an emphasis on national, state, and local policies and practices that enhance or constrain student mobility among the segments of higher education.  The course focuses on concepts of accreditation, seamless transitions (guaranteed admission, associate degree transfer, local community college-to-university compacts), and articulation.


EDD 7213 - Program Assessment and Planning

This course is designed to study foundational elements of administrative program assessment and planning with an emphasis on improving services, practices, and policies as they relate to transfer and transfer students.  The course focuses on common assessment techniques for administrative programs, developing key performance indicators, and implementation of program improvement plans.

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