Please be advised that beginning September 2015, the Student Affairs and Services Certificate Program will be under review and revision. Due to this revision, new students will not be accepted into the program. We hope to have our revised program available for new enrollments in the near future.
The Student Affairs profession is in its early development in Canada. This professional field in higher education promotes student learning, success and development. In cooperation with faculty, administrators and students, Student Affairs practitioners provide specific educational services and programs designed to facilitate the achievement of the student's educational, personal and career goals.
This 5 course online certificate provides you with the knowledge and skills necessary to be an effective practitioner in College and University Student Affairs and Services today. It is of interest to post-secondary graduates as well as those currently working in this area. The curriculum offers the opportunity for theory and practice as well as application and refinement. Graduates of this program may work in a variety of areas within academic institutions such as Admission, Financial Aid, Career Services, Academic Advisement, Housing & Residence and Student Leadership.
Through studying student development student affairs and services practitioners are provided with a framework to better understand and connect with their students. This course explores a number of theories such as student development and personality theories, all of which are used in higher education.
SAS110 - Student Development and Student Experience
This course introduces students to the scope of Student Affairs and Services within college and university settings. Students learn about the historical development of the Student Services profession, how student affairs & services fits into the mission of higher education, and different organizational models. Student will also examine the various departments, functional areas, specialization, and roles within Student Affairs.
Students gain an understanding of relevant learning theory and current learning practices within Student Affairs and Services. You are provided with the tools needed to create a learning-centred environment.
You are introduced to the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to effectively advise, coach and support students in order to provide the greatest opportunity for student success. Topics include communicating and supporting students, student success and success practices, peer support programs, coaching skills and academic and non-academic advising programs.
Explore the administrative functions required of a manager working in a student affairs and services environment. Topics include an introduction to Human Resources; budget development and managing finances; planning including vision and mission statements; decision making and professional development.
This program has three overarching objectives:
If you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a Certificate, Diploma or Degree you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the fee. Forms are available at the Registration office and online.
Certificates and diplomas are issued twice a year: Fall (October) and Spring (June). Graduation Application forms must be received no later than July 31 (for Fall Convocation), November 30 or March 31 (for Spring Convocation).
Students will only be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if they have maintained an overall good standing in their current program of study. Students in degree programs will be eligible to graduate when they have obtained an average of C (2.5 GPA) in courses in the main field of study, and an average of C (2.0 GPA) in all other courses.
Note: To be eligible for the Student Affairs & Services Certificate students are required to successfully complete the 5 online courses (equivalent to 210 in class hours).