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 79 associate degrees and 161 certificates.

Landscape Contracting and Management Degree (Horticulture)

The Landscape Contracting and Management degree develops a student's ability to design, implement, and maintain landscape projects. Students build professional skills in plant healthcare, design, estimating, installation and project management while earning an Associate's in Applied Science Degree. Landscape contracting graduates are well-placed to work in the growing field of sustainable landscaping, or enter a Bachelors program in Horticulture or related field. The Landscape Contracting and Management degree requires a minimum of 71 credits in program requirements, program electives and
general education.

Types of Jobs: The graduates will be qualified for entry level positions in a variety of horticulture related work settings, including those associated with landscape contracting and management, landscaping and grounds maintenance, or a variety of other jobs found in the horticultural industry.

Sustainable Urban Agriculture Degree (Horticulture)

The sustainable urban agriculture program offers a hands-on approach to becoming a professional in the field of urban farming and sustainable urban agriculture. The goal of the program is to help society improve the health of its environment, food, and communities, give students practical experience working alongside professional urban farmers and faculty and teach students how to critically analyze historical and current food systems to offer more sustainable solutions. Includes management and marketing techniques for urban agriculture food production systems. The Sustainable Urban Agriculture degree program requires a minimum of 66 credits in program requirements and general education.

Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate (Horticulture)

The Sustainable Urban Agriculture certificate program requires 28 credits in program requirements and program electives.

Types of Jobs: The graduates will be qualified for entry level positions in a variety of work settings, including those associated with environmental and sustainable agriculture such as horticulture, nursery operations, agricultural education and managing food production.

Power Equipment Technology Certificate (Horticulture)

The Power Equipment and Technology Certificate is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge, required skills and hands-on-experiences to maintain and repair outdoor power equipment such as outboard motors, lawnmowers, chainsaws, motorcycles, rotary tillers, all-terrain vehicles, portable power generators, compact diesel engines, and small garden tractors, as well as the use of technical manuals. This certificate requires 16 credits in program requirements.

Types of Jobs: The graduates will be qualified for entry level positions as small engine mechanics in a variety of work settings, including landscape and construction companies. The basic knowledge and credentials acquired will translate to related careers in the outdoor power equipment industry.

Eye Care Assistant Certificate (Eye Care Assistant)

The Eye Care Assistant certificate is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions as assistants in optometrist/ophthalmology practices. Under the supervision of a licensed eye care professional, eye care assistants render support services and aid in the treatment of eye conditions and diseases. Graduates will be prepared to sit for the certification examination administered by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).  The Eye Care Assistant certificate requires a minimum of 33 credits in program requirements.

Type of Jobs: The Eye Care Assistant Certificate Program is designed to provide the medical eye care community with skilled Ophthalmology and Optometric Assistants who, under the supervision of a licensed eye care professional, render support services and aid in the treatment of eye conditions and diseases.  This occupation would be covered by the Health Science Career Cluster, Diagnostic Services Pathway.

Automotive Service Management (Automotive Service Technology)

Automotive service manager and service advisor skills will be emphasized. Repair orders will be covered in detail, including how to calculate labor, parts and other fees. Proper terminology and best practice for writing a work order will be covered. Customer service skills including communication skills, service consulting, customer relations, and making the sale will be covered. Safety compliance, employee management, expenses and general shop management will also be covered. The Automotive Service Management certificate requires 22 credits in program requirements.

Type of Jobs: The certificate can give students with limited technical knowledge about cars the necessary technical and management skills necessary for an entry level position as a service advisor or service manager.

Construction Management (Architecture)

The Construction Management certificate includes a range of technical architecture classes with basic business topics to give students a first level credential in the construction management field. The certificate prepares students for entry-level positions in construction firms and can serve as the first step to completing the AAS degree in Construction Management. It is especially suited to students who have construction experience or already have a degree in another field. This certificate requires 32 credits in program requirements.

Type of Jobs: Entry-level positions in construction firms

Paraprofessional in Education (Education)

The Paraprofessional in Education certificate is designed to prepare individuals to take on the role of a paraprofessional, also known as a teacher's assistant, in a K-12 classroom. Students will take a variety of classes to introduce them to aspects of teaching and learning that will help them to be successful as a paraprofessional. Additional requirements must be met for Illinois licensure. This certificate requires 27 credits in program requirements and electives.

Type of Jobs: Teacher assistants

Early Childhood Administration (Early Childhood Education and Care)

The Early Childhood Administration degree prepares students for employment in the management of early childhood and school-age programs. Students acquire the skills and knowledge to administrate programs serving infants, toddlers, preschool, and school-age children. This program includes the 20 credit hour Administration of an Early Childhood Center certificate and upon successful completion of this degree, students are eligible to apply for the Illinois Director’s Credential. This degree program requires a minimum of 64 credits in program requirements.

Type of Jobs: The Early Childhood Administration degree will train graduates for the occupation of: Preschool and Child Care Program Directors, Early Childhood Teachers and Assistants, Child Care Assistant/Workers, Preschool Aides, Kindergarten Aides, and Instructional Systems Specialists.

Foundations of Data Science (Sociology)

Data science is an emerging field due to the explosion of "big data". The importance of a good understanding of data is crucial in a multiplicity of fields, such as the social sciences, criminal justice, education, public health, the non-profit sector, and many others. By completing this certificate, students will acquire the fundamental skills of research and data analysis. This certificate requires 13 credits in program requirements.

Type of Jobs: The label “data scientist” is still relatively new and not yet indexed in a lot of labor market databases, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, the certificate specifically targets people in the following occupations as well as occupations adjacent to these (such as assistants):

  • Data scientist
  • Data analyst
  • Business analyst
  • Business intelligence
  • Information analyst
  • Statistician / statistical analyst
  • Market research


This certificate is based on imparting skills that are applicable to a variety of fields, such as:

  • Social sciences / Academic research
  • Business / market research
  • Criminal Justice
  • Natural sciences
  • Health / Public health
  • Government
  • Non-profit sector

 

Fund Development in Human Services Certificate (Human Services)

The Fund Development in Human Services Certificate is designed to provide knowledge and expertise in the areas of fund development. Courses focus on fundraising theory, history, strategy, implementation, and practice. Students in the Human Services program, professionals from non-profit organizations, advocates, and providers, would benefit from completion of this program. This certificate requires 15 credits in program requirements.

Type of Jobs: This certificate will prepare the student to be a Fund Raising Assistant. In addition, the skills gained from this certificate are considered useful to professionals who are responsible for fund development in non-profit organizations.

Nail Technology Certificate (Cosmetology)

The art and science of beautifying and improving nails and skin of hands and feet. Includes the management of salon operations and licensure requirements. This certificate requires 16 credits in program required courses.

Type of Jobs: Various job choices include: nail technician, manicurist, pedicurist, product educator, sales representative, freelance editorial nail technician, beauty school instructor, product development, product marketing, and public relations.

Interactive Media Degree (Graphic Design)

The Interactive Media degree provides students with interdisciplinary, theoretical, and application knowledge in the design, development, and production of interactive media, including web-based and other emerging media, to create interactive design solutions for a variety of media such as web sites, digital interfaces, and applications. This degree program consists of a minimum of 64 credits in program requirements, program electives and general education.

Type of Jobs: Graduates will be qualified for entry-level positions as User Researcher, Interaction Designer, Visual Designer, and User Experience Designer.

CNC Operations Certificate (Manufacturing Technology)

Students will learn operations of Computer Numerical Control (CNC) controlled machining and turning centers. The CNC Operations Certificate requires 17 credits in program required courses.

Type of Jobs: The graduates will be qualified for entry level positions as CNC operators in a variety of work settings, including companies in manufacturing and precision machining. Graduates will have the opportunity to present a very-highly sought after credential that can translate to entry-level position in the field of production, structural, aerospace, renewable energy, pipeline and advanced manufacturing both in DuPage County and throughout the world.

Welding Technology Degree (Welding Technology)

The Welding Technology program will provide students with the theory and practice in entry-level welding skills. Upon successful completion of the program, students will be prepared for the American Welding Society (AWS) examinations. This degree requires a minimum of 64 credits in program requirements, program electives and general education.

Types of Jobs: The graduates will be qualified for entry level positions as welders and fabricators in a variety of work settings, including companies in manufacturing and construction. The basic knowledge and credentials acquired will translate to related careers in welding and manufacturing.

American Sign Language Interpreter Degree (American Sign Language)

The American Sign Language Interpreter degree will prepare students for a career working as a sign language interpreter for people who are Deaf and hard of hearing. This degree combines both the 21 credit hour certificate of American Sign Language proficiency as well as the 24 credit hour certificate in American Sign Language Interpreting and provides instruction in communication models and processes of American Sign Language, Deaf culture, interpreting skills, ethical understanding, and hands-on training in oral and manual interpreting in a wide range of situations. This degree also requires completion of 19-22 general education credit hours. Successful completion of this program will prepare students for certification examinations conducted by the State of Illinois and national accrediting agencies.This degree requires a minimum of 64 credits in program requirements and general education.

American Sign Language Certificate (American Sign Language)

The American Sign Language Certificate (ASL) requires 21 credits and provides the language and cultural foundation for competency in American Sign Language as well as preparation for the certificate in American Sign Language Interpreting. Students who successfully complete this certificate may apply for selective enrollment in the American Sign Language Interpreting Certificate.

American Sign Language Interpreting Certificate (American Sign Language)

The American Sign Language Interpreting Certificate(ASLI) requires 24 credits and provides instruction in communication models and processes of American Sign Language, Deaf culture, interpreting skills, ethical understanding, and hands-on training in oral and manual interpreting in a wide range of situations. Successful completion of this certificate or degree program will prepare students for certification examinations conducted by the State of Illinois and national accrediting agencies. 

Types of Jobs: Sign Language Interpreter or Translator, American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter, Certified Interpreter in American Sign Language, Educational Sign Language Interpreter, Deaf interpreter, and Sign Language Assistant. 

Anesthesia Technology Degree (Anesthesia Technology)

The Anesthesia Technology program prepares the student to be an integral member of the anesthesia patient care team.  Emphasis is on fundamental and advanced clinical procedures to assist licensed anesthesia providers in the acquisition, preparation, and application of various types of equipment required for the delivery of anesthesia care. 

Type of Jobs: Anesthesia assistant, anesthesiology assistants, anesthesia technician, and Certified Anesthesia Technician (Cer. A. T.) 

Hearing Instrument Dispensary Program Certificate (Hearing Instrument Dispensary)

The Hearing Instrument Dispensatory Program certificate prepares students for entry level position as a hearing health care provider. Graduates of this certificate program are eligible to take their written and practical Illinois Department of Public Health Licensure exam.This certificate requires 22 credits in program requirements. 

Types of Jobs: The Hearing Instrument Dispensary Program certificate will train graduates for the occupation of:  hearing aid specialist, hearing instrument specialist, and hearing aid dispenser. To qualify for employment as a Hearing Instrument Dispenser per Illinois Department of Public Health guidelines, the candidate must possess a minimum of an Associate’s Degree, have completed specific course work within audiology and the hearing sciences, and have passed both the Illinois Department of Public Health Hearing Instrument Dispenser Licensing Written and Practical Exams. 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Advanced Certificate (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses strong magnetic fields and radio-frequency waves to obtain cross-sectional anatomical images of the human body. This three semester advanced certificate program is designed for graduates of a radiography or nuclear medicine program, allowing graduates of the program to possess multiple credentials upon graduation. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology certificate requires 27 credits in program requirements. 

Types of Jobs: The Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology (MRIT) Advanced Certificate program will train graduates for the field of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses strong magnetic fields and radio-frequency waves to obtain cross-sectional anatomical images of the human body. 

Digital Broadcast Journalism Degree (Motion Picture/Television)

The Motion Picture/Television program specializes in preparing students for employment and/or transfer in the field of broadcast journalism.  Students will explore and become proficient in the basics of broadcast journalism and news and talk-show production.  This program will teach students techniques in news story gathering, on-camera talent techniques, field production, and studio production.  The Digital Broadcast Journalism degree program requires 64 credits in program requirements, program electives, and general education as listed below. 

Type of Jobs: Graduates will be qualified for entry-level positions as broadcast news reporters and news production crew in a variety of work settings including news stations, radio stations, online news media outlets, and print media.

Surgical Assistant Certificate (Surgical Technology)

The Surgical Assistant Certificate will prepare students to assist the surgeon in surgical operations safely and expeditiously. The program provides advancement opportunities for Certified Surgical Technologist and Registered Nurses through a variety of instructional methods including online, laboratory, and clinical experience. Eligible students will be prepared to take a national certification exam. This certificate requires 35 credits in program requirement courses.

Type of Jobs: The Surgical Assistant Certificate program will train graduates for the emerging occupation of Surgical Assistant. To qualify for admission, students must be a Certified Surgical Technologist or Perioperative Registered Nurse. These occupations would be covered by the Health Science Career Cluster and Therapeutic Services Pathway.

Mental Health First Aid Certificate (Human Services)

Students who complete this certificate will have a solid foundational knowledge of mental health issues and ways to appropriately respond when people experience a mental health crisis. Aimed specifically at first responders, including firefighters, police, EMTs, and nurses who routinely confront people with crises related to mental health. The certificate requires three courses totaling seven credit hours.

Type of Jobs: The certificate itself will not directly prepare someone for a job. However, the skills gained from the certificate are considered important to a range of professionals. Targeted occupations include police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and nurses. The skills and knowledge learned in the program are considered invaluable to these professions.

Cancer Registry Management Certificate  (Cancer Registry Management)

The Cancer Registry Management (CRM) certificate provides didactic and practical experience to perform the duties of a cancer registrar or cancer registry manager professional in a hospital setting, private physician group practice, state agency, or national cancer organization. The certificate includes twenty four (24) credit hours and prepares the student for the national board examination for a Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR).

Types of jobs: The Cancer Registry Management Certificate program will train graduates for positions in cancer registry abstracting, supervision and/or management of cancer registries in venues such as healthcare systems, State registries or professional organizations.  To qualify for admission, students must have a minimum of an Associate’s Degree. These job categories are mapped to the Health Science Career Cluster of Biomedical Research.

Game Animation and Design Degree (Computer Information Systems)

This degree prepares students to create computer generated animation, design, and create video games, and incorporate the art assets into games. The degree requires a minimum of 68 credits in program requirements and general education.

Type of Jobs: The graduates will be qualified for entry level positions as designers and animators in a variety of work settings including companies that specialize in computer-based games, console-based games, hand-held based game in the entertainment, simulation, education, and training segments of the game industry.  The basic knowledge acquired will translate to related careers in designing where any form of interactive interface is required.  This includes the Internet and mobile devices. With this degree, graduates will have very-highly sought after job skills that can translate to entry-level position in the field of Game Development, Broadcast Design, Game Design, Mobile Applications, CD-ROM Design, Web Design, Film Effects, Characters & Props, Film animation, Television Effects, Medical Field, Law Field, Trade Shows, Corporate Videos.

Mechatronics Technology Certificate (Electro-Mechanical Technology)

Mechatronics Technology (MET), a one-year program leading to a certificate, is designed to meet industry needs for multifunctional technicians competent in mechanics, computers, and electrical/electronic technology. This project-based certificate program allows students to learn and work in collaborative teams. As MET technicians, graduates may work as a member of technological teams, applying design concepts to creation of new technologies in the areas of automated systems operation and maintenance.

Types of jobs: Systems and Automation Technicians, Maintenance Technicians, Industrial Process Technicians, Testing Technicians, Technical Service Technician, Machine Designer, Packaging Machine Technician, Automation Specialist, Human/Machine Interface (HMI) Programmer, Controls Specialist, Motion Control Programmer

For general information about any of the College's new degrees and certificates, please contact the Admissions and Outreach Office at (630) 942-2380.