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Post-Doctoral Certificate Higher Education Leadership 

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Work to develop the skills to lead effectively in a higher education institution. Apply your prior knowledge and experience to earn a Post-Doctoral Certificate in Higher Education Leadership online at a pace that works for you.

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Our Higher Education Leadership Post-Doctoral Certificate program is designed to equip you to make or support strategic decisions and engage with people from across the institution while serving in a leadership role. Consisting of 4 online courses, this competency-based program allows you to progress by demonstrating mastery of course content and competencies. Spend more time on topics that are new to you and move faster in areas where you have existing expertise, interacting frequently with your instructors along the way. 

Your courses can prepare you to lead diverse groups and use data to drive institutional improvement in the ever-changing world of higher education. You’ll also discuss assessment and accreditation efforts and how to apply educational theory to boost learning outcomes. To enroll in this certificate program, you must already hold a doctoral degree in education.

Develop Essential Skills In
  • College teaching practices and strategy
  • Higher education law
  • College and university administration
  • Institutional assessment
  • Data-driven improvement initiatives
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The South College Competency-Based delivery modality (or CBE) is an innovative educational approach that creates opportunity for students to evidence mastery of required content at their own pace in their own surroundings.  This degree-seeking method creates a unique environment for self-starters, working professionals, and students who prefer to learn at their own speed.  

Start your educational journey with our unique and flexible Competency-based Education graduate-level programs. Review our program list of offerings and choose the one that drives your ambition. With the self-pace of the competency-based education model and the flexibility to study anywhere you are, you will be able to explore a variety of Master’s, Doctoral, and Post-Doctoral Certificate programs in business, education, information technology, ministry, and more! You will also receive the benefit of a supportive community of a faculty mentor, advisors, and staff who will partner with you in your pursuit of academic excellence.

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CBE programs are administered via a distance learning format using a faculty model designed for 1:1 faculty/student contact that promotes and involves substantive faculty and student interaction. The faculty engage students through a variety of multimedia presentations, discussions, and qualitative and quantitative feedback. Each course requires successful completion of tasks that are made up of specific formative/summative tasks per competency that must meet or exceed Mastery level in order to progress to the next course. Students accelerate at the pace they choose to work learning through their demonstration of current knowledge and skills already gained from previous education or experience. *(Doctoral degree programs require dissertation and successful defense of dissertation earning a “Pass.”)

A Unique Subscription Approach to Higher Education

One of the most popular features of our CBE programs is the subscription-based tuition structure which allows for a 6 month “All You Can Master” of 9+ credit hours. This flexible tuition allows for students to go as fast or as slow as lifestyle dictates with a flat subscription fee. Whether you plan to learn full time, part time, or just on the weekends, the subscription-based structure puts tuition decisions in your hands at your speed.

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South College is committed to providing you with individualized support, hands-on guidance, and mentorship. As a student at South College, you’ll have frequent access to faculty with a variety of experiences and backgrounds.

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You May Enjoy This Line of Study If You…

  • Want to help college students and teachers
  • Are interested in adult learning theory and motivation
  • Like being in a leadership and management role
  • Delight in studying and solving complex institutional issues
  • Enjoy data collection, analysis, and application
  • Follow trends and news in adult education and higher ed law
Student Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate the ability to create impactful change within an institution through the application of teaching and learning research.
  • Students will utilize effective communication skills demonstrating an understanding of historic higher education developments and personnel management topics as it applies to an institution.
  • Students will develop a research-based approach to higher education administration based on a deep understanding of an institution’s history in curriculum development, faculty development, and organizational structure.
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to communicate the assessment and accreditation process, initiatives, and results by engaging all levels of the institution’s stakeholders.
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to investigate and create processes for developing assessment initiatives through the understanding and application of assessment and accreditation research in higher education.
Admission Requirements
Applicants interested in the Certificate in Higher Education Leadership (Post-Doctoral) program are required to meet individually in person or via telephone with an admissions representation to discuss the program and all requirements. Applicants must provide a completed South College application for admission and application to the program. Those selected for admission will provide evident of a completed doctoral degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum grade point average (CPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
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Tuition & Fees
What is the tuition for South College?

Tuition and fees for South College students vary by program, and tuition rates are tiered based on the number of credits taken each quarter. For example, in our undergraduate programs, students taking 10-20 credits per quarter are charged one quarterly tuition rate based on their program, while students in the same program taking 1-5 or 6-9 credits are charged different tuition rates. Our tuition rates are designed such that South College students who take a high number of credits per quarter may be able to complete their program at a lower total cost than students who take fewer credits per quarter. Contact our admissions team who can help you prepare the budget for the field of study you want to pursue. And don’t forget we also offer numerous grants, scholarships, and financial aid packages to those that qualify.

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Does South College offer Financial Aid?

Yes! Financial aid for South College is available to those who qualify. Students at South College have access to a range of financial aid to provide the economic assistance they need to pay for college. Aid is available in the form of scholarships, grants and awards, work-study programs, and loans. We’re happy to participate in numerous federal, state, and private student aid programs, and to offer funding directly. In addition to federal and state financial aid, South College institutional grants can reduce out-of-pocket expenses for qualified military-affiliated students, first responders, and recent high school graduates. Visit our financial page or contact our admissions team. We want you to succeed! Let us help you give your dream direction and address your financial aid questions.

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Accreditation
Is South College Accredited?

Yes! South College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the doctorate, educational specialist, master's, baccalaureate, and associate levels, as well as certificates. With over 100 programs and concentrations and campuses on multiple states the state authorizations have been obtained. Visit the link to see the full listing. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the appropriate licensing board to confirm whether a South College program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in that state. South College will assist with this information for fully online programs. For onground/hybrid programs, the institution ensures that the program meets requirements for the state in which the campus is located.

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Visit South College and see for yourself what the college has to offer. Campus tours include a personal admissions consultation, campus facility tour and more! When you are ready to start your journey at South College, submit an online application or speak with an admissions representative. Once your application is received, we will begin building your personalized plan to pursue the chosen degree or certificate program based on your interest. We want you to have the best possible educational experience. To learn more about the educational opportunities available for your future, Apply today!

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Do you Offer Housing?

South College offers a wide range of degree and certificate programs in areas such as business, healthcare, legal studies, education, criminal justice, and technology. At this time, we do not currently offer housing options. Our expansive online study and hybrid options allow our students to learn wherever they are located, and often with the flexibility of their own convenient time. With academic advisors that support the students throughout their tenure at South College, along with tutors, study groups, and a student success team, students at South College have resources at their fingertips to assist them in their educational pursuits and may be able to guide towards housing areas close to the campus of their choice. The individual attention and support provided by our faculty and staff helps to set us apart. Students interested in a more personalized learning experience are often attracted to South College over other larger universities and colleges in our campus locations. Request more information about South College today!

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South College was founded in 1882 and focused on serving students who want a hands-on, relevant education that can have a meaningful impact on their lives. South College strives to provide quality instruction, resources, and support services based on systematic and ongoing assessment and evaluation of objectives/outcomes to ensure the development of student abilities necessary for the achievement of positive student outcomes and the mission/vision of the college. The institution establishes policies and procedures to maintain compliance with applicable federal, state, and accrediting requirements. Click below to learn all about South College’s history, and who we are as an institution today.

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Transfer
Does South College accept Transfer Students?

Yes! Credit for transfer work may be given if it was taken at an accredited collegiate institution, if it is equivalent to courses offered at South College, and if it carries a grade of C or better. Any coursework taken over seven years ago may be denied transfer credit if the material is outdated. Policies for the acceptance of any graduate level transfer credit are determined by the associated program faculty within guidelines determined by the institution. We want students to succeed and will do our best to help you in your journey to apply transfer credits to those who qualify. Contact admissions for assistance for your transfer individualized plan and consideration and learn about transfer specifications and time limits by course here:

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Certificates & Degrees
What Kind of Certificate & Degrees does South College Offer?

South College is a regionally accredited private co-educational, institution with non-residential campuses in Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee; Asheville, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Indianapolis, Indiana; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Orlando, Florida. Students can pursue academic programs at all levels, including professional certificates and associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. New academic programs are added frequently in response to local, regional, and national employment trends, and South College is committed to providing programs at all levels with innovative course content and teaching platforms. Explore all the programs and come back often as we regularly add new programs that may spark your interest!

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Online vs. On Campus
Online vs On-Campus – What Is Best?

Since its founding 140 years ago, South College‘s mission has been to serve students who want a hands-on, professional focused education. Today this means offering traditional classroom experiences along with accelerated, hybrid, and online learning options. It means small class sizes, modern labs, and campuses that are convenient to large numbers of students. Most of all, it means experienced instructors who provide real world experiences in their classes and lead in-depth discussions on the concepts taught. South College also offers non-traditional distance-learning programs, allowing students to earn a college degree online providing more flexibility with the same level of quality education and experience from all academic programs offered. This option is great for potential students who are working a full-time job or are not in travel distance to one of the learning sites. Online vs. campus? You decide. Get the student experience you desire in the program that fits your style best on your road to success!

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Does South College Have Programs for Active or Retired Military?

As an institution of higher education, South College recognizes its responsibility to society and supports both institutional and individual commitments to service. South College encourages its administration, faculty, and staff to invest their knowledge, experience, and expertise in community, professional, and institutional service. South College’s core values of excellence, responsibility, and integrity serve as the foundation for assessing the quality of institutional, school/departmental, and individual performance in achieving this mission. South College is grateful for the service and sacrifice of our military and their families. We are happy to provide the South College Military Grant to support our military – past and present – in the pursuit of their education and skill development. The South College Application Fee is waived for all active-duty military members, veterans, their spouses, and their dependent children who receive this Grant.

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