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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:

Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Second Language (CTESL)

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.

Certificate in American Sign Language (CASL)

The CASL program, offered by Carleton’s School of Linguistics and Language Studies, is designed for anyone wishing to benefit from an officially recognized capacity for communicating with members of the deaf community who use American Sign Language. Students in the ASL Minor are able to obtain a Certificate if they fulfill the additional requirements. The CASL program may be taken simultaneously with a BA 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.

To be eligible for admission to the CASL, students must have already obtained a degree or be registered in a degree program at Carleton University with an overall CGPA of 5.0 or higher. Students registered in the concurrent CASL program who fail to complete their degree cannot receive the CASL.

Certificate in Public Service Studies (CPSS)

This 6.0 credit program is administered by the School of Public Policy and Administration and is designed primarily for public employees who are seeking special training in public service subjects at the undergraduate level. Required courses are drawn from both Political Science and History.

Applicants must have the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including a minimum of six 4U or M courses. Special consideration will be extended to other applicants under Mature Applicant regulations (see General Admissions Requirements and Procedures in the Admissions Regulations section of the Undergraduate Calendar).

Candidates may be admitted with advanced standing, but must complete at least 4.0 credits at Carleton, including all required courses, to obtain the Certificate from Carleton University. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree are not eligible for admission to this program.

Certificate in Nunavut Public Service Studies (CNPSS)

This 5.0 credit program is also 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.

Certificate in Carillon Studies

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:

  • to rapidly develop proficiency in carillon performance up to the point at which graduates will be at a professional competency or will have the understanding and strategies necessary to reach such competency;
  • to enhance students’ understanding of the particular history, cultural significance, and compositional potential of the carillon; and
  • to develop the specific research and creative skills necessary for graduates to explore those potentials further on their own and develop those interests in the direction of professional research and composition.

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.

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting

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.

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Accounting is delivered online.

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:

  •  BUSI 1004: Financial Accounting for Business Students, or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher.
  • BUSI 1005: Managerial Accounting for Business Students, or equivalent, with a grade of C or higher.

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Cognitive Science

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.

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Economics

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD or “post-bac”) program in Economics is designed for

  • people who already have an undergraduate degree—whether in a math-intensive field like engineering or a writing-intensive field like journalism—and would like a rigorous and structured introduction to economics;
  • new Canadians, international students, and others with a degree from outside Canada, whether in economics or another discipline, who are looking for a one-year, recognized, Canadian qualification in economics; and
  • anyone who would like additional preparation for graduate education in economics beyond that provided by the degree(s) they hold already.

The PBD in Economics provides

  • eight months of intensive training in economic theory, econometric methods, and applied economics;
  • Opportunity for English-language training in academic writing skills for students whose first language is not English; and
  • a structured and clearly defined course of study.

To be eligible for admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Economics students must normally have

  • an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 9.0 or higher, preferably with honours;
  • successfully completed university-level introductory (micro- and macro-) economics, calculus, and linear algebra with a grade of C+ or higher in each; and
  • permission of the Department of Economics.

Applicants must meet the requirements of Option 1 of the English as a Second Language Requirements section of the Undergraduate Calendar.

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.

Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Women’s and Gender Studies

The Post-Baccalaureate Diploma (PBD or “post-bac”) program in Women’s and Gender Studies is designed for

  • students wishing to enter a master’s program in Women’s and Gender Studies but who do not yet have adequate background preparation; and
  • those seeking knowledge and a credential in Women’s and Gender Studies to enhance their skills and employability.

To be eligible for admission to the Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Women’s and Gender Studies students must normally have:

  1. an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 8.0 or higher, and
  2. permission of the Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies

Students may be granted advanced standing to a maximum of 1.0 credit. Advanced standing does not negate the 3.0 credit residency requirement.

Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

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