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Charter Oak celebrated Constitution Day 2015 with Online Lecture
History professor Dr. Richard Gerber presented "The 14th Amendment - Then & Now"

Learning Studio Nights @ Charter Oak: Work, Study, Engage
Need to study away from distractions? Come to our Learning Studio Nights! Study, work, & get academic coaching! Events on 10/14, 10/28 & more!

Charter Oak State College Enrollment Up 38%
The College's current enrollment is now at 2,836 students with over 2,000 of those students registered for online courses.

New CT Education Academy to Launch
Academy will provide training for CT state workforce

Charter Oak Ranked First for Affordability
College offers most affordable online degree program in state.

Charter Oak Launches Health Care Major
New major focuses on health care workforce

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Certificate Programs

Charter Oak's certificate programs are perfect for professionals and adult learners seeking continuing education and career advancement opportunities.

The following certificate courses are all offered online, in accelerated, convenient, 5- or 8-week terms. Students do not need to be matriculated with the college. Students who are already fully matriculated with Charter Oak State College can apply for a certificate program without the certificate application fee.

  • After School Education Credential
    This is a professional certification program developed through collaboration among Charter Oak State College, the Connecticut After School Network, and Connecticut Charts-A-Course that establishes educational and experiential competency standards for specialists in the care and education of children, ages 5 - 15, outside of school hours.

  • Direct Care Workers Certificate
    This certificate for Direct Care Workers provides an overview of issues in aging and the main issues direct care workers will be facing. The certificate is designed to enhance clinical skills of direct care providers in long term care facilities, including front line workers, receptionists, and recreation facilitators. It also provides an avenue for health care providers to move into supervisory positions and/or to further their education towards advanced degrees.

  • Direct Care Workers Certificate - Specialty Skills in Elder Care
    The certificate for Direct Care Workers - Specialty Skills in Elder Care is designed to enhance clinical skills of direct care providers in long term care facilities, including front line workers, receptionists, and recreation facilitators. It targets specialty areas in elder care and gives an overview of health care systems and administration. It also provides an avenue for health care providers to move into supervisory positions and/or to further their education towards advanced degrees.

  • Health Insurance Customer Service Certificate
    The Certificate in Health Insurance Customer Services is designed for students who are interested in career development within the Health Insurance industry. It is also appropriate for individuals seeking to transition into the Health Insurance industry. All of the courses are available in an online accelerated format through Charter Oak.

  • Infant-Toddler Care Certificate
    Anyone who works with infants and toddlers in a licensed child care center or licensed family child care program, including teachers in Early Head Start and other publicly funded programs will benefit from this certificate. This certificate will also allow you to earn 12 college credits toward an associate degree in early childhood education.

  • Land Surveying Certificate
    The certificate in Land Surveying is designed for students with a background in land surveying who desire to advance their knowledge of the art and science of the profession and better prepare themselves for professional licensure. It is also designed to allow students with no land surveying experience to better transition into the profession.

  • Leadership in Health Care Administration Certificate
    This certificate is primarily intended for students who are already employed in the health care industry (clinical, allied health, insurance, medical office, etc.) and are seeking career advancement. All courses may be completed online, and all credits will apply toward degree requirements at Charter Oak State College.

  • Paralegal Certificate
    Students who complete a certificate in Paralegal Studies will be able to understand, apply and adhere to ethical and professional practices within the scope of their position, understand the doctrines of the Attorney/client privilege and apply that to legal review, conduct legal research effectively, and more.

  • Paraprofessional Educator Certificate
    Most of the courses that comprise this certificate are under development. A continuing education and professional development program that prepares education paraprofessionals for entry into the ever-expanding field of Education. This certificate program is specifically designed to refine your teaching skill sets as they relate to working with students in an educational setting and to enhance your opportunity for career advancement. This program of study is also appropriate for practicing paraprofessionals who would like to extend their knowledge while earning college credit.

  • Project Management Certificate
    Does your current position require project management skills, or are you looking for a career that does? This certificate program is designed to assist professionals, with some college credits and work experience, in developing valuable project management skills.

  • Public Safety Certificate
    Are you a public safety professional with some college education and work experience? If so, you probably already possess strong technical skills in fire science, criminal justice, or law enforcement. You may, however, lack the management training necessary to truly advance your career. The Public Safety Administration Certificate provides the advanced management education that helps public safety professionals succeed as managers and administrators.

  • Speech and Language Pathology Assistant Certificate (PDF)
    A continuing education and professional development opportunity for those committed to achieving their career objectives in the specialized field of Speech and Language Pathology.

Apply for a certificate program

Grades of C or higher must be earned in each certificate course. Certificate students are subject to our administrative withdrawal policy.