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Doctoral-Level Certificate in Strengths-Oriented Higher Education


The Doctoral-Level Certificate in Strengths-Oriented Higher Education is designed for educators and leaders who already have a master’s degree and wish to deepen their knowledge and application of a strengths development model to their work in higher education. The certificate consists of four courses, for a total of 12 doctoral units, and is offered as part of the intensive residency program on the Azusa campus.

The certificate program is offered for two weeks in January and two weeks in July on the APU campus in Azusa, where program participants join existing cohorts of doctoral students in their classes.

Course Requirements:

Students will complete the following courses for certification:

  • HED 701 Strengths-Oriented Leadership (4-unit course)
  • HED 737 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (4-unit course)
  • HED 708 College Impact on Student Success (2-unit course)
  • HED 761 Strengths-Oriented Research and Programming (2-unit course)

Dates and Location:

January and July, APU Azusa campus (Los Angeles vicinity)

Cost: $903 per unit for doctoral credit

For more information and to register:

Students need to apply to be a non-degree-seeking student in the Doctoral Programs in Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University and complete all course assignments at a B- level or above. Please email for more information.

Use the following program code when applying: DHED05