The Department of Accounting has responded to the demand for forensic and fraud accountants by developing an academic program designed to prepare students for careers in litigation support, forensic accounting and fraud examination. Although many schools offer a single fraud examination or forensic accounting course, very few offer a multi-course certificate program. The graduate certificate in Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination Students requires students to complete four courses. All four courses are taught using actual and simulated case materials, a hands-on approach to prepare students for their careers in litigation support, forensic accounting and fraud examination. To mimic real-world expectations, students are required to perform two actual engagements and report their findings both in writing and orally – see pitch-to-prosecutor and moot court exercise.
This certificate is offered by the WVU School of Social Work and affords students an opportunity to explore the basic biological, psychological, and sociological processes of aging. The effects on needs and experiences of older people and the impact of social policies related to human aging are also explored.
Professionals wanting to learn new skills and polish old ones can do so with cutting edge curriculum found in the Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) program. The 15 credit hour IMC graduate certificate provides students with a broad overview of IMC, focusing on several integral aspects of the discipline. Students working toward their IMC certificate take one course per term for one calendar year (five sessions).
Nonprofit Management Graduate Certificate The Division of Social Work, in cooperation with the other units of the School of Applied Social Sciences, offers a 15 credit hour online graduate certificate in nonprofit management. The program consists of two required 3 credit hour courses, 6 credit hours of electives, and a 3 credit hour capstone project.
Professionals in the information technology and computer industries can enhance their education and career possibilities by earning a graduate certificate in Software Engineering. The courses are offered one evening each week live via the Internet and students can also review the archived lectures online if they have to miss.
The Early Childhood Development Certificate is a specialized curriculum designed for those who work in Pre-K classrooms in the public school, Head Start and child care centers who must obtain a specific body of knowledge and need specific written recognition for their ability to work with preschool children.There are 15 credit hours in the Early Childhood Development certificate program. The certificate program is not attached to a degree in Child Development and Family Studies. Credit hours earned in the Early Childhood Development certificate can be applied to degree requirements for those students who want to pursue a degree. This CDFS certificate will incorporate the West Virginia Core Knowledge and Core Competencies and the West Virginia Early Standards Framework: Early Learning Standards in order to include the most recent requirements set forth by WV agencies responsible for preschool children.
The Infant/Toddler Certificate is a specialized curriculum designed for child care teachers and providers, Head Start teachers and WVU students who want to obtain this specific body of knowledge and who need specific written recognition for their ability to work with young children birth through three years of age.