LHU’s new certificate programs, credit for police academy training

LOCK HAVEN — The Lock Haven University Council of Trustees approved two new sub-baccalaureate certificate programs in social media marketing and curriculum and assessment for early care and education. The university also announced plans to provide students in the criminal justice program with credit for police academy/ACT 120 training.

“These two developments are part of our on-going efforts to create more affordable pathways through alternate types of credentials and life experience credit that can lead to rewarding careers for our students,” said university president Robert Pignatello.

The certificate programs are the first sub-baccalaureates offered by the university and will allow students without an associate’s or bachelor’s degree to earn valuable credentials in rapidly growing, high-demand fields.

Childhood education

Students pursuing the certificate in curriculum and assessment for early care and education will complete three courses (nine credits) that are part of the current baccalaureate certification program in pre-k to grade four/early childhood education.

These courses will give students a foundation in observation and assessment as well as curriculum methods (literacy, mathematics and science) for young children prior to first grade.

“The certificate offers those working in pre-K settings the opportunity to increase their knowledge and skills in curriculum and assessment. They will be able to directly apply this new knowledge to improve the learning of their young students,” said Betsy Manlove, professor in Lock Haven University’s pre-K to grade eight and professional studies department.

Digital marketing

The rise of digital marketing has substantially altered preferred marketing avenues for many businesses. Lock Haven University’s three course (nine credit) certificate program in social media marketing will prepare students to quickly help companies connect their digital marketing efforts to return on investment measurements.

The program is designed for those looking to both update and acquire skills in market research and strategy as well utilization of best practices across digital marketing including blog and video production and social media campaign planning.

Police academy

The university also has announced that it will provide both current and non-matriculated students credit for police academy/ACT 120 training.

Current students pursuing a degree in criminal justice will be eligible to receive full semester credit for police academy training within the commonwealth and will be eligible for financial aid while completing the training. Graduates of the police academy/ACT 120 training interested in pursuing a degree also are eligible for the credits.

Lock Haven University’s criminal justice program is available at both the main and Clearfield campuses and offers a bachelor’s and associates. Students in the program gain important knowledge in current criminal justice trends and earn valuable first-hand experience through internships with organizations including PA state correctional institutions, the PA Game Commission and local police departments. The program includes a concentration in conservation law enforcement.


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