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  • Certificate: Definition and Requirements
    • A certificate is defined under New York State Regulations (50.1) as a  credential issued by an institution in recognition of the completion of a curriculum other than one leading to a degree. Certificates are defined as a structured group of courses that focus on a specific area of knowledge. As such, they are stand- alone programs and focus on specific skills needed in the workplace for career advancement, career change, continuing education requirements, or personal education enhancement.
      • RIT’s ICC has determined that certificates are stand-alone programs and as such are not part of a registered undergraduate degree program.  This credential is awarded to students demonstrating mastery of skills and knowledge in a specific area or discipline.
      • Credits earned through a post-baccalaureate certificate (an advanced certificate) in which there is an approved master’s degree may, upon approval of the program and the graduate college, count toward a master’s degree.
    • Minimum Credit Hours:
      • NYSED does not stipulate minimum number of credit hours for a Certificate. Typically, however, certificates are a minimum of 12 semester credit hours
      • New York State does establish minimum credit requirements for financial aid eligibility as designated below
    • Course Requirements:
      •  Each credit-bearing course in a Certificate program must be applicable to one or more degree programs.  This means that courses used in a certificate must be courses approved by the University and designated as part of a pre-existing major, liberal arts and sciences or as a free general elective.
    • Faculty Requirements:
      • Faculty members teaching at the certificate, associate degree, and baccalaureate levels must hold at least a master’s degree in an appropriate field and have the background for in-depth teaching, curriculum development, and program evaluation responsibilities
      • Certain occupational specializations may merit demonstration of competence alternative to a master’s degree. In all institutions, faculty with master’s degrees and beyond, and with substantial collective experience in college teaching and academic administration should be strongly predominant
CERTIFICATE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY FOR NYS FINANCIAL AID
  TAP APTS VVTA
Full-Time Programs YES NO YES NO YES NO
Undergraduate Certificate Programs—24 Or More Credits X   X   X  
Undergraduate Certificate Programs—Fewer Than 24 Cr; At Least 12   X   X X  
Graduate Certificate Programs—24 Or More Credits X     X X  
Graduate Certificate Programs—Fewer Than 24 Cr; At Least 12   X   X X  
Part-Time Programs  
Undergraduate Certificate Programs—24 Or More Credits   X X   X  
Undergraduate Certificate Programs—Fewer Than 24 Cr; At Least 12   X   X X  
Graduate Certificate Programs—At Least 24 Credits   X   X X  
Graduate Certificate Programs—Fewer Than 24 Cr; At Least 12   X   X X  

TAP – NYS Tuition Assistance Program APTS – NYS Aid for Part-Time Students VVTA – Vietnam Veteran’s Tuition Assistance

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