The University of Maine at Fort Kent offers certificates that lead to certification or licensure in a variety of areas. The purpose of these certificate programs is to serve the needs of both matriculated and non-degree students interested in developing specific skills and knowledge for personal and professional development. These certificates may be taken by themselves, or as part of a degree program. Application for the certificates is done through the Admissions Office. Each certificate requires a minimum of 18 credit hours with a 2.0 GPA. One-half of the credits required for each certificate must be completed by courses offered by UMFK.
The certificates are intended to give evidence for employment purposes that a student has satisfied programmatic requirements for entry level positions in specific fields. They are designed for retraining or demonstrating supplemental career qualifications.
The structure of each certificate is to provide educational opportunities that are greater than simple introductory courses and introductions to specific areas; students will develop higher-order thinking skills and analytical skills without the need to complete an entire program that would have more broad-based student learning outcomes.
Some of the courses in the certificates are advanced, upper-level classes, and students need to have satisfied course prerequisites. This may be accomplished by having previously completed courses, or by experiential learning experiences. To assure proper preparation for each class, the student is encouraged to meet with an advisor to determine the student’s appropriate background preparation for specific courses.
The following certificates are offered: