New online certificates: early learning, biosciences



PULLMAN – WSU is launching two new online graduate certificates this fall, one in early-childhood educational administration, and one in molecular biosciences.

The 12-credit early childhood leadership and administration certificate addresses the national shortage of educational administrators in schools, preschools and child care centers.
“This certificate prepares students for leadership roles in a variety of organizations that aim to improve lives of young children and families,” said Patricia Pendry, assistant professor at the department of human development.
The online format makes it ideal for working professionals, students in other graduate programs, and educators seeking continuing education credits.


“The courses focus on research, theory and practice that will lead to deeper knowledge of learning and development, effective mentoring and supervision of teachers and support staff,” said Jared Lisonbee, assistant professor.

Prerequisites include a bachelor’s degree in a related field, one year experience in early childhood education programs, and a three-credit undergraduate course in child development.
The molecular biosciences graduate certificate prepares students for advancement in biotechnology, medical research, and interdisciplinary fields, such as biological chemistry and biological physics.
 “The certificate gives recent graduates an excellent additional credential, while helping those already in the field keep up with the latest research,” said Dr. Norah McCabe, clinical associate professor of molecular biosciences.
Prerequisites include a bachelor’s degree in a related field. Advisors recommend that students have completed three undergraduate semesters of a combination of general biology, microbiology, cell biology, genetics, or molecular biology courses, and one semester each of organic chemistry, physics, biochemistry and calculus.
The certificate requires three 3-credit core courses, and an elective. All of the certificates’ core courses can be also applied to the new 32-credit professional science masters, which is being offered both online and on-campus this fall.
“The interdisciplinary PSM combines science and non-science courses,” said McCabe, “so graduates can efficiently transition into the workplace.”
For more information about either graduate certificate or the Professional Science Masters, go to the degrees and certificates page at