Professional Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Mediation and Negotiation

The Department of Communication, in cooperation with the Master’s in Human Resources and Labor Relations (MHRLR) and the Lubar College of Business, offers the Graduate Certificate in Mediation and Negotiation. The program of study is designed to provide practical and theoretical knowledge for students who wish to pursue or advance careers that involve managing or resolving disputes in organizational, educational, community, or family contexts. The program is designed to meet the increasing need of business, organized labor, public sector and community organizations for people with skills in conflict resolution. For more information, visit the program’s web site.

Graduate Certificate in Rhetorical Leadership

– The Rhetorical Leadership program is not currently accepting applications –

UWM’s Rhetorical Leadership program is a humanities-based approach to responsible leadership in all areas of life. Using symbols effectively to create, interpret, and critique shared perspectives is essential to leadership. The study of rhetoric–the ways in which symbols (e.g., speeches, visuals, letters, memos, social protest, opinion pieces, web postings) influence people and so exercise power–is key to leading effectively in contemporary circumstances. Rhetorical education cultivates one’s ability to critically assess, shape, and meet leadership situations’ unique symbolic demands, whether as an activist, parent, politician, religious leader, or business, education, health care, or non-profit professional. Through a carefully coordinated set of six classes, UWM offers post-baccalaureate students theoretically sound, well-rounded training and practice in rhetorical leadership. For more information, visit the program’s web site.

Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

The Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Certificate is a multi-disciplinary 15 credit certificate where the broad goal is to provide a foundation in teaching and learning theory and practice for a student in any discipline. The more specific goal of this certificate program is to bring research on teaching and learning from a variety of disciplines to bear particularly on the practices of teaching at the higher education level, and to do so in a way that would allow post-baccalaureate students either to specialize without pursuing a full graduate degree or to investigate teaching and learning as a part of a graduate program. For more information, visit the program’s web site.

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