Academic Advising Certificate

IU Online’s Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising offers instruction in the skills and theories needed for a career in academic advising.

As a student in this program, you study the foundational theories related to student and adult development. You learn techniques and tools to guide students in their academic journey and to create an equitable and inclusive environment for all. You learn to distinguish between the characteristics, needs, and experiences of various student populations, and o develop your own personal approach to advising.

The certificate can be a good fit for:

  • Graduates who want to work in higher education but possibly not the field in which they are earning their degrees;
  • Graduates who want to add another facet to their degree;
  • Advisors who have not completed professional training in the higher education context.

Required Courses

Coursework includes the following:

  1. academic advising
  2. a higher education administration course
  3. a counseling course
  4. a course in student and adult development
  5. a practicum with field experience

ALL courses are listed here and are 3 credit hours each. You will select from among these courses to meet degree requirements.

  • EDUC-U 540 Academic Advising in the Collegiate Environment
  • EDUC-C 565 Introduction to College and University Administration
  • EDUC-U 544 Introduction to Student Affairs Administration Work in Higher Education
  • EDUC-G 522 Counseling Theories
  • EDUC-G 575 Multicultural Counseling
  • EDUC-D 505 Adult Learning through the Lifespan
  • EDUC-P 510 Psychology in Teaching
  • EDUC-P 540 Learning and Cognition in Education
  • EDUC-U 556 Applying Student Development Theory to Practice
  • EDUC-U 560 Internship in Student Affairs

The certificate hours may be used toward the Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in elementary or secondary education if a licensed teacher chooses to apply to the M.S.Ed. program at a later date.

Admission Process

Applicants seeking the graduate certificate in academic advising must first apply for admission to the IU Southeast Graduate Program in the School of Education.

For information on this process, please contact Ms. Tracy Stracener, School of Education Records Specialist, at or (812) 941-2388.


This 100 percent online program is taught by faculty from IU Bloomington, IUPUI and IU Southeast. Advising is through the campus where you are enrolled, and your area of concentration.

To find your advisor, please contact, please contact Dr. Mary Bradley, or (812) 941-2346.

Indiana University Southeast

4201 Grant Line Rd.
New Albany, IN 47150
(812) 941-2333

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