Program Overview

California State University in Sacramento offers students the opportunity to earn a supplemental certificate focusing on Dropout Prevention. The certificate program is designed for parents, counselors, teachers, social workers, consultants, probation officers and the many other individuals taking on the responsibility of working with at-risk students.

The certificate program is comprised of four courses, which specifically address the dangers, causes and preventative measures of dropout students. Students in the certificate program should learn the importance of completing a high school education as well as preparing at-risk students for successful entry into the community. Dropout Prevention Specialists are essential contributors to the overwhelming demand of helping students stay in school while also improving their quality life and decision making. The curriculum may enable caring adults to identify potential dropouts, understand the reasons students leave school, and effectively implement prevention strategies.

The four courses include: Introduction to Dropout Prevention, Supporting Dropout Prevention at the Classroom Level, Supporting Dropout Prevention at the School and Community Level, and Comprehensive School Dropout Prevention Planning.

Graduates of the certificate program may become a critical asset to many schools, community centers, and social welfare agencies. The academic credibility of the DPS certificate may give professionals the ability to speak out, inform, and influence others in the steps to be taken for dropout prevention. California resident teachers and counselors may use the professional development certificate when pursuing advanced careers in K-12 learning institutions. Graduates outside the state should inquire with their local state for transferability and acceptance policies.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

    School Overview

    The first graduation--in 1948--at California State University, Sacramento awarded a single degree. Since that date, more than 200,000 students have earned degrees at Sacramento State. Founded in 1947, the University first shared facilities with a junior college, then moved to its own campus in 1949, and finally relocated to a permanent home along the American River in 1959. 

    Today, the public, 4-year institution retains the official California State University, Sacramento title, but promotes the use of Sacramento State, or Sac State. Students at Sacramento State can pursue bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees. To date, the University offers undergraduate majors and master’s programs, along with post-baccalaureate certificates and doctorate degrees. Non-traditional programs, including distance education degrees and coursework, at Sacramento State are housed in the College of Continuing Education. Students can participate in online, on-campus, evening/weekend, and hybrid learning environments.


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