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EIU Master of Arts in Communication Studies

Graduate Certificate in Communication Processes

Option Description:

The online Graduate Certificate in Communication Processes is geared towards teachers who are interested in teaching dual-credit public speaking classes at the high school level. This certificate program targets teachers who don’t wish to pursue a full Masters program in Communication Studies, or who already have Masters degrees in another area, and wish to teach dual-credit public speaking classes. By taking the courses listed below, teachers will earn 18 hours of graduate credit that may be applied toward an M.A. in Communication Studies. This online certificate program can be completed in one year with two classes being offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.


Admission Requirements:

To be eligible for admission to the certificate program, applicants must meet all of the requirements for admission to the Graduate School (see “Admission to Graduate Degree and Certificate Programs”). All applicants must also submit a departmental application to include:

  • Statement of personal goals
  • A resume outlining relevant work or academic experience
  • One letter of recommendation

Certificate Course Requirements:

Total Semester Hours: 18


Required Core Classes (6hrs)

  • CMN5020       Communication Theory. Credits: 3                           
  • CMN5240       Communication Pedagogy. Credits: 3 

Elective Classes (12hrs)

Students can choose any FOUR classes listed below:

  • CMN5015       Communication Ethics. Credits: 3
  • CMN5040       Communication Research. Credits: 3
  • CMN5190       Leadership Communication. Credits: 3
  • CMN5510       Interpersonal Communication. Credits: 3
  • CMN5520       Social Interaction. Credits: 3 
  • CMN5530       Intercultural Communication. Credits: 3
  • CMN5650       Digital Communication. Credits: 3
  • CMN5710       Organizational Communication. Credits: 3
  • CMN5740       Small Group and Team Communication. Credits: 3

Courses taken towards the completion of the Graduate Certificate in Communication Processes may be counted toward the Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies.  Acceptance into the certificate program does not guarantee placement into the graduate program, however. Students in the certificate program will be required to apply separately to the MA in Communication Studies degree program.

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Contact Information

Angela S. Jacobs, Ph.D.
Graduate Coordinator

1741 - Coleman Hall

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