Department of Crop Sciences

Professional Development Certificates in Crop Sciences, Horticulture, and Urban Agriculture

The Professional Development Certificate in Crop Sciences, Professional Development Certificate in Horticulture and the Professional Development Certificate in Urban Agriculture are aligned with the course offerings of the Online MS Degree Program in Crop Sciences. The semester-based course offerings for the online program enable students to strengthen their education through part-time study as they continue their full-time employment.

What are the General Requirements for a Professional Development Certificate?

  • Complete one 500-level approved course (at least 2 credit hours or more)
  • Complete two 400-level approved courses (at least 3 credit hours or more)
  • Earn a “B” or better (courses with grades of a B- or less will not be counted towards the certificate)
  • Take the courses for academic credit. Noncredit courses do not qualify

Which Courses Qualify

  • To qualify for a Horticulture Certificate, two of the three required courses must be Horticulture (HORT). The third qualifying course for the certificate can be any online course within the College of ACES.
  • To qualify for a Crop Sciences Certificate two of the three required courses must be Crop Sciences (CPSC). The third qualifying course for the certificate can be any online course within the College of ACES.
  • To qualify for an Urban Agriculture Certificate, one core course, must either be HORT 434 - Designing Urban Agriculture or HORT 435 - Urban Food Production.  Two additional graduate online courses approved for the program from the Crop Sciences (CPSC) or Horticulture (HORT) areas. Students can take both of these courses from the Horticulture area (HORT), or one HORT course and one CPSC course.
  • Coursework cannot be used to qualify for all three certificates.

How Are the Courses Delivered?

Online courses follow an education model that consists of two components: synchronous and asynchronous.  The Synchronous (live) component, are class meetings held in a virtual classroom setting where student/faculty interaction is maintained at a high level. Asynchronous (independent) component includes course readings, assignments, and a student Web chat board which is also part of many courses. Using both online components ensures that not only the rigor and quality of the program is maintained but also ensures a high level of success by the students taking these courses.

How Do I Obtain My Printed Certificate?

Upon successful completion of the three required courses, complete the Request for Certificate.  You will be notified via email regarding the determination of your request.  

For Additional Information:

Dr. A. Lane Rayburn

Coordinator, Online MS Degree Program in Crop Sciences

360 E R Madigan Laboratory

1201 W. Gregory Dr.

Urbana, IL 61801

Phone: 217-333-4374