Doctoral-Level Certificate in Strengths-Oriented Higher Education

The doctoral programs in higher education, in conjunction with the Noel Academy for Strengths-Based Leadership and Education, offer a 10-unit Doctoral-Level Certificate in Strengths-Oriented Higher Education. Designed for educators and leaders who wish to deepen their knowledge and application of a strengths development model to their work in higher education, the certificate consists of three courses.

Course Requirements

HED 701Strengths-Oriented Leadership4
HED 724Teaching, Learning, and Assessment in Higher Education4
or HED 705 Student Access, Equity, and Success in College
HED 761Strengths-Oriented Research and Programming2
Total Units10

The certificate program is offered on the Azusa campus, comprising two weeks in January and two weeks in July, and program participants join existing cohorts of doctoral students in their classes. The doctoral credits from the certificate may be transferred to any other university. Participants must have a master’s degree or higher with a GPA of at least 3.0 at the graduate level to be eligible for admission to the doctoral certificate program, and must complete all certificate courses with a B- or above.

For more-detailed information about the certificate program, visit the department’s website at or email