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Carleton University offers a variety of certificate and diploma programs. Students enrolled in these programs are able to benefit from the same university resources and support services as our regular, full-time degree students. There are many workshops and seminars on topics ranging from time management to exam preparation.
Certificates and Diploma Programs available at Carleton University:
Performing on one of the world’s largest musical instruments, the carillonneur produces music at a keyboard console—not unlike that of an organ, with both manuals and a pedal board—that is connected to an array of bells. Carleton University possesses its own “practice carillon,” and Ottawa’s National Carillon is located in the Peace Tower of Canada’s parliament buildings.
The Certificate in Carillon Studies is a focused course of study [4.0 credits] with three main objectives:
The Certificate in Carillon Studies may be completed on its own or concurrently with one of Carleton’s undergraduate Music programs. For more information, visit the Music website.
The Certificate in Multidisciplinary Studies in Mental Health and Well-Being is for anyone who wishes to gain a broad perspective on mental health and well-being. It combines courses from psychology and other allied disciplines as well as more applied training from different campus partners. Thus, this certificate is great introduction to these topics.
All prospective students should note, however, that this certificate does not offer professional training or credentials for any helping profession. Students who seek careers in clinical psychology, counselling, psychiatry, nursing, social work, or health sciences should explore those programs specifically.
The CNPSS is a 5.0 credit program is administered by the School of Public Policy and Administration. Currently, courses in the Nunavut Certificate are offered in partnership with Nunavut Sivuniksavut, a postsecondary program for Inuit from Nunavut. Courses in the program include Public Administration in Nunavut, and options such as Qualitative Research Methods.
The Certificate in Professional Writing is designed to be taken concurrently with an honours undergraduate degree in English or Applied Language and Discourse Studies, or any other bachelor degree program where a student has second year standing and a CGPA of 7.5 or higher. To be eligible for admissions, applicants must present a statement of purpose and a sample of their academic or professional writing and have permission of the Professional Writing Program.
The Certificate in Science Communication offers Carleton University undergraduate students the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to translate scientific knowledge for wider public audiences for the benefit of the economy, culture and society. Although science communicators can come from varied backgrounds with variable levels of scientific expertise, the overarching aims of science communication remain consistent – increasing awareness and understanding of science and mobilizing scientific knowledge.
The Certificate in Science and Policy is a unique opportunity for current Carleton University undergraduate students and non-Carleton students to receive practical training and skills for working at the interface of science, innovation and policy. An understanding of both policy and science languages, culture and norms is essential for the development of evidence-based policy.
The CTESL program, offered by Carleton’s School of Linguistics and Language Studies, is one of Canada’s oldest and best-known TESL programs. The CTESL program includes courses in theory and methodology, as well as a practicum that includes opportunities for classroom observation and supervised teaching in a variety of settings. With the proper course selection, the program may be taken simultaneously with the four-year Honours program in Linguistics or Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies, or with other majors, allowing you to graduate with both a degree and a certificate at the same time. You can also pursue this program as a post-degree certificate.
The CTESL program concentrates on teaching English to adults, either in Canada or abroad. It is widely recognized in Canada as a qualification to teach ESL at the post-secondary level in private language schools, colleges and universities. Overseas, it can lead to teaching positions at the elementary and secondary school levels, as well as at the adult level.
To be eligible for admission to the CTESL program, students must have already obtained a degree and have extensive experience in teaching, or be registered in an Honours degree at Carleton University with an overall CGPA of 7.00 (B-) or higher. Students registered in the concurrent CTESL program who fail to complete their degree cannot receive the CTESL.
The READ Initiative, in partnership with the Rick Hansen Foundation, is offering the Accessibility Assessor Training Course as part of the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC). The Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification (RHFAC) program helps improve the accessibility of the built environment.
RHFAC is a comprehensive rating system that measures the accessibility of buildings and sites, and promotes increased access through the adoption of Universal Design principles. This program is the only one in Canada using a rating system to identify and certify accessible built environments based on a consistent methodology.
The RHFAC Accessibility Assessor training combines theory and hands-on practice to train individuals who are planning, designing, and constructing the built environment to understand accessibility from the perspective of people with disabilities, and measure the accessibility of their venues. Participants learn how to deliver consistent, professional site evaluations that determine the level of access for people with disabilities.
With its long established leadership in accessibility and extensive expertise in the field, Carleton University is an ideal host institution for the RHFAC Accessibility Assessor Training Course.
The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD) in Accounting provides students who have an undergraduate degree in any discipline with the prerequisite core courses to be eligible to apply to the Sprott Master of Accounting (MAcc) program or enter the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP), pathways leading to the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation and a career in professional accounting.
Applicants are expected to hold a Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, with a minimum overall average of B- (70-72%) and have completed the following prerequisite courses:
The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Art History provides foundation for students wishing to pursue the MA program in Art and Architectural History but who do not have sufficient disciplinary background in the field. The diploma is designed for students with a strong academic performance (minimum B average, or 8.0 GPA on the 12.0 Carleton scale), typically in an undergraduate degree outside Art History or History and Theory of Architecture, and a keen interest in advanced study in Art and Architectural History.
The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD) in Cognitive Science is designed for students who already have an undergraduate degree but want to learn about cognitive science and gain research experience in the field. The program consists of the equivalent of 4.0 credits (8 one-term courses). Students take advanced courses (third- and fourth-year courses) that are required in the Bachelor of Cognitive Science degree.
The PBD in Cognitive Science is also an option for students who are interested in pursuing graduate work in Cognitive Science at the Master’s level, but whose undergraduate degree did not include any research experience or who may not have a high enough GPA to enter the Masters of Cognitive Science program directly.
The PBD in Cognitive Science can be completed in one academic year (Fall-Winter), or students may opt to spread the coursework over two or more years.
Normally, students need to have achieved a B average (8.0 GPA on the 12.0 Carleton scale) to be admitted to the program.
The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD or “post-bac”) program in Economics is designed for
The PBD in Economics provides
To be eligible for admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Economics students must normally have
Students may be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 1.0 credit. Advanced standing does not negate the 3.0 credit residency requirement.
The sequencing of courses normally allows post-bac students who begin in September to complete their program by the following May. Students who maintain an average of B+ or higher during their PBD studies are given strong consideration for admission to the Carleton University Master of Arts (MA) program in Economics.
Note: students who already hold an honours undergraduate degree in economics are encouraged to apply for admission to graduate programs in economics through the Graduate Admissions web site at graduate.carleton.ca.
A new Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD) in Film Studies is intended for students applying for admission into the MA in Film Studies who have at least an 8.0 GPA but minimal background in Film Studies.
The Post-Baccalaureate Diplomas in History and Theory of Architecture provides foundation for students wishing to pursue the MA program in Art and Architectural History but who do not have sufficient disciplinary background in the field. The diploma is designed for students with a strong academic performance (minimum B average, or 8.0 GPA on the 12.0 Carleton scale), typically in an undergraduate degree outside Art History or History and Theory of Architecture, and a keen interest in advanced study in Art and Architectural History.
The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD) in Professional Writing is intended as a program option designed to provide students with a comprehensive education in the nature, contexts, and practice of the specialized types of writing which occur in professional contexts. Students applying for admission must have an honours undergraduate degree with a GPA of 8.0 or higher. To be eligible for admissions, applicants must present a statement of purpose and a sample of their academic or professional writing and have permission of the Professional Writing Program.
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