Appalachian’s Graduate Certificate in Sociology is designed to provide a solid post-baccalaureate foundation in sociology. The six required courses:
- qualify certificate recipients who hold a master’s degree in a field other than sociology to teach sociology courses in most colleges and universities nationwide
- comprise the basis of a master’s degree in sociology
To teach sociology at community colleges and four-year colleges and universities, any master’s degree plus 18 graduate hours in sociology are needed. This program and curriculum are specifically designed to provide those 18 hours and to prepare students who already have master’s degrees to teach the most common sociology courses, such as Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, and Marriage and Family. Teacher training materials and activities are included in addition to course content. Our market research shows that a second master’s degree is neither required by employers nor desired by students.
The certificate also develops expertise in other standard sociology sub-disciplines that are useful and that enhance the teaching of sociology, such as sociological theory, research methods and social stratification.
Required Entrance Exam: None
Required number of references to specify in the online form: None
Supplemental Information: Resume (Required upload for application submission); statement of purpose
- Spring: x
- Summer Session 1: 4/1
- Summer Session 2: x
- Fall: 7/1
*See full deadline information below under Application Essentials.
- This program is intentionally designed to provide the credit hours, content and teacher training needed to teach the most commonly offered undergraduate sociology courses at the post-secondary level.
- All courses are 100% online and asynchronous. This means you’re never required to be logged in at a given day/time, so you can schedule your coursework around your other obligations.
- All courses are taught by Appalachian tenured or tenure-track faculty with doctoral degrees – no part-timers or graduate student instructors.
- All courses are potentially transferrable into sociology master’s degree programs. (Please consult the university to which you are applying.)
- You can complete the program in one year.
- The program is approved for financial aid.
- Each cohort begins in Summer, so you can “get your feet wet” when you’re most likely to have time off.
- The program is available to on-campus students, distance education students, and students from other UNC campuses (via UNC-Online).
Method of DeliveryOnline
- Sociology instructor
- Sociology lecturer
Dr. Bradley Nash Jr.