Curriculum Approvals and Processes

Certificate Program


  • New, modified or deleted. The highest level of approval necessary to modify a certificate is UCC for certificates under 22 credits.
  • For certificates of 22 credits or more ODHE approval is needed. For deleted certificates, a "teach-out" plan needed.
  • Requirements cannot be added to an active catalog because it violates students' catalog rights.


Approval Body timeline and process
  1. All Departments or Schools Involved
  2. College Curriculum Committee where certificate is housed; other colleges must submit written permission to use their courses to fulfill certificate requirements
  3. Dean's Office
  4. College where certificate is housed
  5. Graduate Council
  6. University Curriculum Committee (UCC)
  7. Senate (New or deleted certificate only)
  8. ODHE (for certificates with 22 credits or more).

New Certificate:
Final approval by July 1, implemented Fall.
Final approval after July 1, Spring implementation.

For credit-bearing certificate proposals where more than 50% of courses are new (not derived from current academic programs), HLC has a screening form to be used.

Modified or Deleted Certificate:
Approvals by March 1 for following Fall.