Graduate Studies

Frequently Asked Questions - Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

 
Does earning a post-baccalaureate certificate make me eligible to be licensed to teach in a public school system?

No.   Those wishing to gain licensure to teach in a public school system should visit the website at wiu.edu/cpep for information on how to become licensed. 

How do I apply for a post-baccalaureate certificate program?

If you have never applied to the School of Graduate Studies before, you should apply online at https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=wiug .  You may apply for the certificate only at this time or if you wish you may apply for both a certificate and a degree program in the same application.   Instructions  will be provided within the application.  Please note that admission into a certificate program does not guarantee admission into a degree program.

If you have already submitted an application to the School of Graduate Studies for a degree program and now wish to ADD a post-baccalaureate certificate, you only need to complete the application for post-baccalaureate certificate .   Remember you will do this ONLY if you have already submitted an application and paid the $30 application fee.    If you are in doubt, contact the School of Graduate Studies for assistance.

Are students enrolled in a post-baccalaureate certificate program eligible for graduate assistantships and student loans?

Students enrolled solely in a post-baccalaureate certificate program are not eligible for graduate assistantships.  However, if enrolled in a certificate program simultaneously with a degree program, graduate assistantships are  an option.   (Students accepted into degree programs on a probationary status are not eligible for graduate assistantships while on probation.)

Students enrolled solely in a post-baccalaureate certificate program are eligible for federal financial aid but it only covers courses that are required for the certificate.  Since most certificate programs require very few hours,  students should be very careful to make sure they will be enrolled in enough hours to be eligible for financial aid (6 hours for part-time aid and 9 hours for full-time aid).    Many students find they do not have enough hours for financial aid their last term.