Certificate Programs

The University offers a variety of fully online academic credit-bearing Certificate Programs to pursue as a standalone Certificate, to complete as a great foundation in conjunction with a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s Degree, or to be taken for Professional Development. Upon completion of the Certificate Program coursework will be posted by the Registrar on the student’s UWF transcript.


To request additional information about any of the UWF Online Campus programs, please complete and submit the Online Program Information Request.

If you are admitted to one of our certificate programs and reside outside the state of Florida, you may be eligible for a tuition waiver that reduces the out-of-state portion of your tuition anywhere from 100% - 75%. Please review the Tuition Waiver Availability information to determine if you qualify.

Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Arabic Language and Culture

This innovative certificate in Arabic language and Culture is designed for beginning students to develop language and culture skills though listening, speaking, reading and writing, and emphasizes cultural understanding of the Arab world.

The certificate consists of three courses in Arabic Language and Culture - each course is 4 semester hours. The first course starts at the introductory level, there is no prerequisite knowledge of Arabic Language or Culture required - and offers a mix of culture with basic language component development through drill and practice and interaction with the instructor using web collaboration software. The second and third courses are also tied to culture and sometimes include other Arabic language software to assist students in sentence structure and conversational Arabic development.

The Arabic Language and Culture program provides the opportunity to gain an excellent grasp of the Arabic Language and Culture. The program is designed so participants will learn to read and write the Arabic alphabet, to speak words and phrases, and to enter into conversations. While this program is not designed to reach the fluency level of the Arabic language, students will develop the language skills necessary to communicate with Arab speaking people throughout the world. Each course is 1 full semester in length - completing the certificate will take a minimum of 3 consecutive semesters. This Program is fully online and regular internet connectivity is required.

Important Note: Courses in this program require several "synchronous" class interactions to practice the language and receive feedback. This means students enrolling in these courses are required to attend live lectures on specific dates and times via the university's free video conferencing service.

Course # Arabic Language and Culture Certificate Semester hours
ARA 1120C Beginning Arabic Language and Culture I 4
ARA 1121C Beginning Arabic Language and Culture II 4
ARA 2200C Intermediate Arabic Language and Culture I 4
  Total Hours 12

*Successful completion of the first two courses (ARA 1120C - Beginning Arabic and Language Culture I and ARA 1121C - Beginning Arabic and Language Culture II) satisfies Florida's Foreign Language requirements for degree program completion.

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Business Intelligence

This is a 12 credit hour undergraduate certificate.

The Business Intelligence certificate program has been designed to cover the managerial aspects of business intelligence related skills that are required to handle “big data” in the modern business world.

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Career and Technical Education Program

The State of Florida requires individuals who teach in the Workforce and Adult Education content areas to complete initial certification courses to receive permanent teaching credentials. In the past, individuals enrolled in the classes have only received college credit for completing the courses. To further promote and identify UWF as the leading educational institution for Workforce and Adult Education in Florida, students now receive a certificate designation after completion of all four courses. Additional endorsements for Workforce Education and Workforce Directorships may be obtained through our online campus.

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Database Systems

This 12 hour Certificate in Database Systems

This Certificate in Database Systems is not limited to students in Computer Science and related fields. This certificate will also be useful for students in business schools, geographic information system fields, health care related fields, and students in other fields who want to learn to manage and work with data. Courses taken for this certificate can also be applied towards elective credit for many degree programs at the undergraduate level.

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Geographic Information Science (GIS)
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The University of West Florida has launched an innovative new program to bring a cutting-edge Geographic Information Science Certificate to students around the country. Through an innovative virtual machine system, students are given remote access to industry-standard GIS and remote sensing software to use from their own computers. UWF is the first and only certificate program currently employing this technology to provide a mix of hands-on software training with conceptual instruction from highly qualified GIS professionals.

Upon completion of the program, students will receive a University of West Florida Certificate in Geographic Information Science, and earn 24 semester credit hours of undergraduate college credit. Students with a bachelor's degree can earn up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit. The certificate can be used to help fulfill a student's educational requirement when applying for their GISP certification. Courses will transfer into several UWF undergraduate and graduate programs or may be applied towards other Accelerate programs.

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Information Security Management

This is a 12 credit hour undergraduate certificate.

Information security managers are generally responsible for dealing with a broad range of issues related to information security functions within an organization, including policies and procedures, ethical and legal obligations, privacy issues, staffing and resource allocation. This Information Security Management Certificate Program is designed to address the non-technical aspects of information security. These include policy development and management, compliance management, security education training and awareness (SETA) programs, and the use of encryption technologies. The program will also address the personnel and risk analysis aspects of information security. This certificate is broad based and offers business as well as non-business majors a unique practical opportunity to identify themselves as trained specialists in this high-demand and knowledge-intensive field.

  • For more information contact the College of Business Advising Center at cobadvising@uwf.edu or our Management/MIS advisor at management@uwf.edu, or by phone 850-474-3442 to speak with the Management/MIS academic advisor.

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​Intelligence Analysis

The 12 hour undergraduate Intelligence Analysis program immerses students in scenarios that mirror real-life situations faced by Intelligence Analysts. This four course certificate program can be obtained fully online for undergraduate credit. As you progress through each course, you will develop the skills that you need to be successful in intelligence analysis in national security, law enforcement, and public and private agencies and businesses. Through these course experiences, you will learn to interpret large datasets from intelligence sources, analyze geospatial data to identify and characterize patterns and associations reflected in the data, communicate effectively with the various entities within the intelligence community and develop intelligence products vital to effective decision-making.

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Public Health - Occupational Safety and Health

This certificate program was designed to meet the needs of public health practitioners who have collateral responsibility for worker safety and health as well as those assigned primary responsibility. Completion of this certificate provides the student a broad-based foundation in occupational safety and health that enhances recognition, evaluation ad control of workplace hazards. Occupational safety and health management tools and skills are identified and explored that can be implemented in the public practice health practitioner's work environment to bring about improvements in worker safety and health.

PHC 4341 Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health 3
PHC 4340 Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene 3
PHC 4363 Occupational Safety and Health in the Health Care Environment 3

Total Hours

9

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Technology Systems Support

Skills developed in the TSS Certificate enable individuals to effectively work in a range of networking environments. Students may incorporate the undergraduate Certificate courses in our online programs in Information Engineering Technology (IET) or IIT: Networking and Telecommunications. Information Engineering Technology prepares individuals to assume the roles of network, telecommunications, and instructional systems support in a wide variety of organizations. The focus of IET is the implementation, maintenance, and adaptation of technologies to meet organizational mission and goals from a scientific and engineering foundation. IIT graduates develop skills in designing, implementing and managing technologies to align with the strategic goals of an organization.

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Web Development Technologies

The Certificate in Web Development is designed to prepare undergraduate students, general practitioners, as well as professionals, for promising new careers as webmasters, application developers, designers, and managers of internet and web technologies. 

Students will learn basic programming and database skills, how to program the web using PERL/CGI/ASP.NET and ColdFusion, fundamentals and infrastructure of e-commerce applications, how to create and implement applets into web applications, how to create dynamic web-pages, and about web-database connectivity and SQL basics with ColdFusion and ASP.NET.

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Graduate Certificate Programs

Civics Educator

The 12 semester hour Graduate Civics Educator Program is devoted to the study of American government, focusing on the origins and development of American political thought and institutions. The founding documents, the basic constitutional structure (separation of powers, judicial review, federalism, etc.) political parties and elections, and the evolution of public policy and administration in response to changes in ideas and demography as well as key events are emphasized. Participants develop content knowledge and skills they need to work as teachers of civics in the social studies classroom.

Important Note: This is a synchronous course delivery program, meaning that students are required to attend live lectures on specific dates and times via the university's free video conferencing service. 

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Geographic Information Science (GIS)

This certificate program is designed to teach students and working professionals both the highly in-demand technical skill of using industry-standard geospatial software as well as a strong conceptual foundation in Geographic Information Science necessary for advanced analyst and manager roles. Graduate level courses focus on project development and management relating to various applications. The program represents the latest technologies that are revolutionizing many disciplines, including geography, environmental sciences, archaeology, business, defense and intelligence, and public health/safety in the information age.  Required courses and GIS internship have been carefully combined to reflect the real-world requirements needed for careers in the geospatial sciences. Students may choose between face-to-face (Pensacola campus) and online courses by applying to one of the two program offerings available: GIS Graduate Certificate and Online GIS Graduate Certificate programs.

Two specializations are available under the Online GIS Graduate Certificate program: Traditional GIS and Archaeology for GIS. Six semester hours are devoted to each specialization. See the Course Catalog for course descriptions.

Students who successfully complete the 12-credit program (including pre-requisites) with a 3.0 overall GPA will be awarded a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science. Graduate Certificate courses count towards the Master of Science in Administration, GIS specialization.

Admission Requirements

Those interested in obtaining a Graduate Certificate in GIS must apply and be approved by the GIS Certificate Committee prior to enrollment. Admission requirements vary slightly between our two program offerings: GIS Graduate Certificate program (Pensacola campus) and Online GIS Graduate Certificate program (online campus). Admission requirements by program are provided below.

Students may transfer one class (3 or 4 credits) into the program providing the transfer criteria are met. The class must not have counted towards a degree or a certificate at another institution and must be a graduate-level course from a regionally accredited university.

Graduate Certificate in GIS Program:

  • Submission of Application for Admittance
  • Provide proof of undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Admission to UWF as a degree or non-degree seeking student

Online GIS Certificate Program:

  • Submission of Online GIS Certificate Application
  • Provide proof of undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Submission of letter of intent describing the candidate’s work experience and reasons for pursuing the certificate program, including how the certificate relates to career goals
  • Successful completion of the Computer Skills Assessment
  • Admission to UWF as a degree or non-degree seeking student

Course Requirements

Students accepted into the certificate program of their choice should schedule to meet with a program advisor to receive a detailed course plan.   

Students accepted into the Online GIS Certificate program should select, by the end of the first semester, the Traditional GIS or Archaeology for GIS specialization. Online GIS courses are offered once a year unless otherwise stated.

 Foundational Proficiencies

12

GIS 3015

Cartographic Skills

 

GIS 3015L

Cartographic Skills Lab

 

GIS 4035

Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing

 

GIS 4035L

Photo Interpretation and Remote Sensing Lab

 

GIS 4043

Geographic Information Systems

 

GIS 4043L

GIS Laboratory

 

Required Course

3

GIS 5103

GIS Programming

 

Choose one of the following:

3

GIS 5039

Applications in Remote Sensing

 

GIS 5100

Applications in Geographic Information Systems

 

GIS 5265

GIS Applications for Archaeology (Offered only in online Certificate program)

 

Choose one of the following:

3

GIS 5935

Special Topics in Geographic Science

 

GIS XXXX

Special Topics in GIS for Archaeology (Offered only in online Certificate program)

 

GIS 6110

Advanced Topics in Geographic Information Science

 

Choose three semester hours from the following:

3

GIS 5945

GIS Internship

 

GIS 6905

GIS Directed Study

 

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Graduate Business Foundations

The University of West Florida’s (UWF) Graduate Business Foundations Certificate Program offers online foundation courses for participants interested in developing or renewing skills and knowledge in basic business foundations. The program primarily targets working professionals with non-business undergraduate degrees who desire formal business education to support existing or anticipated responsibilities in their career tracks. The Graduate Business Foundations Certificate also provides the foundation for further graduate study in business and administration. Depending on the options chosen, a participant can complete many of the foundational courses necessary to enter the Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program or apply the courses toward the Master of Science in Administration (MSA) Program.

For more information contact The MBA Program at mba@uwf.edu or 850-474-3124

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Human Performance Technology

UWF's innovative Certificate in Human Performance Technology (HPT) develops your skills in identifying and solving performance problems. The HPT certificate program aligns to performance standards and competencies developed by the American Society for Talent Development (ATD) and the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI).

You can complete HPT Certificate Requirements on your timeframe - according to your schedule. The certificate can be completed in as little as two semesters, and is available fully online. The web-based course material allows students to interact with their instructor, other students and access exams online through our eLearning system at times convenient for them.

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Not-For-Profit Administration

The department of Legal Studies, Public Administration and Sports Management is proud to offer a 10.5 semester hour online Certificate in Not-For-Profit Administration. This program is designed to prepare students for leadership roles as managers and administrators in nonprofit, private sector agencies. The program is offered completely online. The courses in the Certificate Program are utilized in the broader Master of Science in Administration - Public Administration degree program, and as such provide a feeder venue for students who have completed the Certificate Program to apply for admission, and if admitted, move to the Master of Science in Administration - Public Administration Degree program. The Certificate in Not-for-Profit Administration is designed to provide students a focused knowledge base and skill set useful in the effective administration of public and private not-for-profit organizations. The four courses in the certificate include:

PAD 5146 The Nonprofit Profession
PAD 6335 Strategic Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
PAD 6227 Public Budgeting
EME 6358 Evaluation for MSA Professionals or
GEB 5509 Interpretation and Application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles for Not-for-Profit Organizations

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Public Health - Emergency Management

Students will gain an understanding of disasters and their consequences with a focus on the role of the public health response. The principles of disaster planning, prevention, mitigation as well as the structure and organization of disaster response will be covered. Risk assessment, raid health assessment, and surveillance will be covered. Topics include mental health issues, environmental services, ethical and legal issues, evaluation methods for assessing the mental and public health response, as well as discussion of complex humanitarian emergencies.

BSC 5856 Bioterrorism 3
HSC 5205 Public Health Preparedness 3
HSC 6528 Strategies for Prevention of Infectious Disease 3
Total Hours 9

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Public Health - Environmental Health

This certificate is designed to prepare those working in public health, health care, and environmental sectors to deal with the plethora of environmental issues that impact human health.

PHC 6300 Environmental Health (formerly Survey of Environmental Problems) 3
PHC 6310 Environmental Toxicology 3
PHC 6251 Disease Surveillance and Monitoring 3
Choose one:  
PHC 6005 Disease Transmission in the Urban Environment  
PHC 5351 Occupational Safety and Health in the Health Care Environment  
Total Hours 9

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Public Health - Infection Control

This certificate is designed primarily for health care workers concerned with infectious disease transmission in the nosocomial environment.

BSC 5856 Bioterrorism 3
HSC 6528 Strategies for Prevention of Infectious Disease 3
MCB 5273 Epidemiology of Infectious Disease 3
PHC 6251 Disease Surveillance and Monitoring 3

Total Hours

12

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Public Health - Occupational Safety and Health (OSH)

This certificate is designed to meet the needs of public health practitioners who have collateral responsibility for worker safety and health as well as those assigned primary responsibility. The student will gain a broad based foundation in occupational safety and health that enhances recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards. Management tools and skills are identified and explored that can be implemented in the public practice health practitioner’s work environment to bring about improvements in worker safety and health. 

PHC 5351

Occupational Safety and Health in the Health Care Environment

3

PHC 5355

Fundamentals of Occupational Safety and Health

3

PHC 5356

Fundamentals of Industrial Hygiene

3

Total Hours

9

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Teacher Ready*

TeacherReady® is a 9-month online teacher certification program that leads to a Florida Professional Teaching Certificate upon completion. TeacherReady® is state approved and is the Educator Preparation Institute of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida. This revolutionary program includes eight lessons focusing on educational pedagogy and field experiences allowing for flexibility in scheduling, participation, and completion.The TeacherReady® Program can even be completed while working full time. TeacherReady® serves students worldwide creating teachers of excellence for tomorrow's classrooms. Graduates will have the opportunity to transfer 12 credit hours of graduate coursework towards a Masters of Education at UWF.

* This program prepares students for potential licensure in Florida. Prospective out-of-state students who will be pursuing a license in their state should check with that state's licensing agency before enrolling.

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Florida Virtual Campus

Additional fully online courses and programs are available from other Florida Universities and State Colleges through the Florida Virtual Campus' online course and program catalog.

Electronic CampusYou can find even more distance learning courses and programs through the SREB’s Electronic Campus.

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