General Education Certificate

Description and Outcomes

The General Education Certificate program is designed to build a strong foundation in communication, mathematics, science, social science, and humanities. Additionally, the courses in this certificate program will provide you with skills that will further your professional career goals. These career skills include critical thinking, communication, diversity and inclusion, teamwork, and leadership.

Program Length

The General Education Certificate program is 45 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded a certificate.

Program Outcomes

Discipline-Specific Outcomes

  1. Arts and Humanities: Recognize human potential through a study of human expressions.
  2. Communications: Demonstrate college-level communication through a variety of media.
  3. Critical Thinking: Apply critical thinking to real-life situations.
  4. Ethics: Comprehend, apply, and evaluate ethical reasoning.
  5. Mathematics: Apply quantitative reasoning to real-world situations.
  6. Professionalism and Career Development: Apply skills which support career and professional success.
  7. Research and Information: Apply methods for finding, evaluating, and using resources to undertake research.
  8. Science: Analyze how scientific principles are applied in real-world contexts.
  9. Social Science: Critically evaluate social or psychological issues that impact human behavior.

Program Availability

For program availability, please refer to the U.S. State and Other Approvals section and Program Availability Information.


Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams

Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.

Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not reviewed the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions, nor intended the program to meet such requirements. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Information to determine enrollment eligibility.

You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.