Graduate Certificates


Graduate certificates involve completion of four graduate courses and a project. Three of the certificates are available completely online: Web Design, Distance Education, and Florida Digital/ Virtual Educator. The others can be completed partially online. Twelve credits earned by a non-degree seeking graduate certificate student for one completed graduate certificate may be applied toward degree programs. The following four graduate certificates are offered by the USF Instructional Technology Program:

The Florida Virtual School (FLVS) has endorsed two of our certificates. The FLVS will give students earning the Florida Digital Virtual Educator certificate and the Web Design certificate preferential hiring for job-related positions.

All students who are enrolled in graduate degree programs at USF may earn Graduate Certificates without additional cost.

Course Requirements

There are some courses that meet requirements for several different certificates. However, one course can only apply to two certificates. No two certificates can share more than one course for completion. This means that if certificate A and certificate B share only one course and certificate B and certificate C share a different course, then you would be able to have all three certificates. However, if you apply EME6053: Internet in Education to both Distance Education and Florida Digital/Virtual Educator, you cannot also apply EME6457: Distance Learning to both.

If you want to complete more than one certificate, it is imperative that you map all of the requirements for all of the certificates that you think you may want to get. This will assure that you take the courses in the correct order.

How to Enroll in a Graduate Certificate


All graduate certificate students must meet the prerequisites for courses in which they wish to enroll. Students pursuing a graduate certificate will be required to meet the same academic requirements as those for degree‐seeking students to remain in “good standing.” Should a graduate certificate student subsequently apply and be accepted to the M.Ed. in Secondary Education: Instructional Technology program, up to twelve (12) hours of USF credit earned for the graduate certificate may be applied to satisfy graduate degree requirements.

All non-degree seeking students and degree seeking students pursuing a graduate certificate in a discipline outside of their graduate degree program must apply for the certificate and complete required coursework within five years of taking their first course. Students who have completed all coursework within their Instructional Technology degree program are not restricted to the five years.

All graduate degree seeking students must apply for admission to the certificate prior to graduation. All students must submit a graduate certificate completion form after they have earned grades for all of the courses required for the certificate.

Students not enrolled in graduate degree programs at USF

You must have a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 from an accredited college or university to enroll in any of the Instructional Technology graduate certificate programs. Follow the steps outlined in the graduate certificate application process.

Students enrolled in graduate degree programs at USF

If you have already been admitted to a degree program at USF, then there is no additional fee for students to apply for graduate certificates. Just complete the Departmental Approval Form for each certificate and send it with your resume or curriculum vita and your statement of purpose (250-words or less), which explains your interest in obtaining the graduate certificate to the address below.

An alternative method is to attach these documents to an e-mail and send them to Kathy Barnes, Coordinator USF Graduate Certificate Program, Please include in your application a request for the Graduate Certificate Office to print out your USF transcripts for you.

University of South Florida
Office of Graduate Certificates SVC1072
4202 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL 33620

Contact Information

If you need additional information about these or other Graduate Certificates, visit the website or contact:

USF Graduate Certificate Program
Coordinator: Dr. James Hatten
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave., SVC1072
Tampa, FL 33620-7750
Phone: (813) 974-8031