Immigrant and Refugee Education

Advanced Graduate Certificate

School of Education

Program Description

The advanced graduate certificate (AGC) in immigrant and refugee education is for educators who already have a master’s degree and some experience with immigrant and refugee education. This eighteen credit hour advanced certificate is for those who wish to make an even greater contribution at their workplace. Graduate students are encouraged to assume advocacy roles, to participate in professional organizations, and to contribute to professional conferences and publications. 

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  1. Any Webster University graduate courses taken that are not applied toward a graduate or undergraduate degree, may be counted toward the completion of an Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) program provided that the courses are appropriate and relevant to that specific Advanced Graduate Certificate.
  2. All AGC coursework must have a grade of B- or better.
  3. Any graduate coursework completed may not be counted to two different certificate programs.
  4. Courses may not be transferred from another university into any Webster University Advanced Graduate Certificate (AGC) program.

Choose at least one course (3 hours) from each of the following three clusters:

  • EPSY 5510 Psychosocial Aspects of Migration (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5490 Seminars in Immigrant and Refugee Experiences (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5350 Intercultural Communications (3 hours)
  • SOCS 5000 Interdisciplinary Course: Multiethnic Education (3 hours)

Cluster Two: Educational and learning needs of immigrant and refugee students

  • EPSY 5991 Issues in Assessment: Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (3 hours)
  • TESL 5139 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Methods (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5600 Practicum in Educational Psychology (1-6 hours)
  • TESL 5040 Practicum in ESOL (3 hours)

Cluster Three: Social and emotional needs of immigrant and refugee students

  • EPSY 5150 Resilience and Self-Concept Development (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5290 Family Counseling (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5370 Counseling (3 hours)
  • EPSY 5520 Children, Culture, and Violence (3 hours)

Required course:

  • EPSY 6000 Advanced Graduate Certificate Project: Immigrant and Refugee Education (3 hours)

To complete the 18-hour Advanced Graduate Certificate, choose two electives (6 hours). International experience and the study of a second language are strongly recommended.

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Students who are interested in applying to this program should also see the Admission Section found in the front of this catalog for general requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Master's Degree in Educational Psychology, Teaching English as a Second Language, or related area of study
  • Receipt of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions.
  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Essay: How do you think your participation in Webster's Advanced Graduate Certificate program in Immigrant and Refugee Education will help you to accomplish your personal and professional goals?

Send all required admission materials to

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 East Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

Completed application files will be reviewed by the Multidisciplinary Studies Department.

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