New Degrees and Certificates
Investing in your Future: College of DuPage Taps into Latest Trends
Adaptation and innovation are crucial in today's challenging economy. College of DuPage stays a step ahead of the curve by regularly introducing new programs in emerging industries and professions that are experiencing rapid growth, and providing training in new skills for existing career areas. The College continues to monitor national, state and local employment trends to ensure that you receive the most valuable and up-to-date learning opportunities. Our new areas of study reflect changes that help you, the student, prepare for emerging career opportunities. With these offerings, College of DuPage now provides a choice of 77 associate degrees and 158 certificates.
Business Anthropology Certificate (Anthropology)
The Business Anthropology Certificate is designed primarily for individuals seeking-- or already in the midst of--careers within fields where cultural diversity is standard to the industry, including business administration, community and social services occupations, and market research. The certificate program may increase the marketability for those interested in cross-cultural and international work environments by sharpening interpersonal and critical-thinking skill-sets. The four classes cover a broad range of business and cultural anthropology topics and methods, and emphasize a practical and interdisciplinary, approach. Types of Jobs: Market research analysts and positions in fields with diverse workforces and customers, such as health care and human resources administration.
Game Design and Development AAS Degree and Certificate (Computer Information Systems)
Our Game Design and Development degree and certificate prepare you to enter the entertainment and "serious" game industry through application of the latest elements and tools. Learn how to create ideas and basic layouts for new products, including graphics and sound. Types of Jobs: Entry-level positions as designers in a variety of work settings, including companies that specialize in computer-based, console-based, and hand-held games in the entertainment, simulation, education and training segments of the game industry.
Game Programming and Development AAS Degree and Certificate (Computer Information Systems)
This degree and certificate teach you the skills you‚Äôll need to enter this challenging field, including writing code that allows games to operate as conceived and designed. Among the most demanding of computer programming applications, computer and video games have grown consistently over the past decade, and are predicted to expand even more in the years to come. Types of Jobs: Entry-level positions as computer programmers in a variety of work settings, including companies that specialize in computer-based, console-based, and hand-held games in the entertainment, simulation, education and training segments of the game industry.
Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) 4011 Professionals AAS Degree and Certificate (Computer and Internetworking Technologies)
This new program at College of DuPage prepares you for a variety of IT careers with a specialty in information security. The Information Security training degree and certificate satisfy the national training and education standards for the duties and responsibilities of Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) Professionals (NSTISSI 4011). Types of Jobs: Cyber security specialist, information security generalist, network security specialist, security administrator, and network security support engineer
Forensic Criminal Investigations Certificate (Criminal Justice)
This certificate is designed to increase the knowledge and skills of students and professionals who either have an interest in or are currently employed in the fields of criminal justice or private investigations. You are introduced to the study and techniques of forensic science as it relates to crime scene investigations. Types of Jobs: Entry-level positions in law enforcement, public and private security and private investigations. Completion of this certificate may also lead to opportunities for professional advancement for those already employed as law enforcement officers.
Private Security Certificate (Criminal Justice)
Learn the theories, principles and practices of private security and loss prevention. In addition to exposure to the technical and philosophical aspects of the profession, you develop an understanding of the U.S. criminal justice system and applicable constitutional concepts. Types of Jobs: Work in critical infrastructure protection within commercial, institutional, residential and governmental markets
Teaching Online Utilizing Technology (TOUT) Certificate (Education)
The TOUT Certificate, offered only online, provides hands-on experience in designing and implementing online course materials within a learning management system. You will focus on instructional design, visual literacy, online assessments, and current collaborative and multimedia practices while designing accessibly compliant, engaging learning materials. Types of Jobs: K-12 teacher, college faculty, professional development trainer, industry educator, and managers using technology in their work
Resort Management Certificate (Hospitality Management)
The modern resort must meet the needs of vacationing guests by offering retail shops, guest activity programming, and a complete spa experience. This certificate gives you the opportunity to learn the nuances of this specialized area within hospitality management. Types of Jobs: Front line and supervisory employees in food and beverage, rooms, sales or concierge services at resort or boutique hotels
Sports Performance Training Certificate (Physical Education)
The Sport Performance Training Certificate program is designed for those seeking an entry-level position in the fitness and sports performance profession. You will develop skills in leading athletes through advanced fitness workouts with emphasis on sport-related performance both physically and mentally. Types of Jobs: Health educators or fitness trainers, cross-functional job opportunities in health and fitness clubs with travel teams and exercise programs for children, teenagers and adults
Residential Child Care Certificate (Human Services)
The Residential Child Care program at College of DuPage prepares you for entry-level positions as counselors and case managers for children with emotional problems. Individuals in this field work with children, as well as their teachers, social workers, psychologists and other therapists, to develop and implement successful treatment plans. Students in the program study interpersonal and group dynamics, residential child care, contemporary treatment approaches, behavior modification, cross-cultural communication, addictions, ethics in counseling, family education and treatment models, advocacy, and the dynamics of child abuse. Types of Jobs: Human service assistant, child care aide, social service assistant, and overnight child care monitor
Corrections Counseling Certificate (Human Services)
Corrections counselors work with corrections facilities, law enforcement, courts, institutions and the overall criminal justice system to provide behavioral modification and cognitive training treatment for adult and juvenile offenders. In this program, you will study contemporary treatment approaches, behavior modification, cross-cultural communications, addictions, ethics in counseling, family education and treatment, as well as the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Types of Jobs: Case manager, rehabilitation counselor, mental health counselor, human service assistant, and correctional treatment specialist
Animation Certificate (Motion Picture/Television)
The Animation Certificate prepares you for employment and/or transfer in the fields of film, video, television, animation and audio production. A hands-on approach to learning is emphasized. Types of Jobs: Multi-media artist and animator, art director and web developer in industry, education and government, and also in advertising, public relations and related fields
Central Processing Distribution Technician Certificate (Surgical Technology)
This certificate gives you the content and clinical skills to meet the standards of the Central/Sterile Processing Distribution Technician in the surgical technology profession. During this one-semester program, you will learn basic fundamentals of central/sterile processing; services and distribution of hospital instrumentation, supplies and equipment; as well as didactic instruction and clinical practice in aseptic techniques, patient care concepts, and theories and practice of central/sterile processing departments. Successful completion makes you eligible to sit for the International Association of Healthcare Central Service Material Management (IAHCSMM) National Certifying Examination. Types of Jobs: Certified Registered Central Service Technician (CRCST), Certified Instrument Specialist (CIS), Certification in Healthcare Leadership (CHL) and Certificate in Healthcare Material Management Concepts (CHMMC)
For general information about any of the College's new degrees and certificates, please contact the Admissions and Outreach Office at (630) 942-2380.