Professional Certificate: College Admission for Emerging Leaders


Professional Certificate: 
College Admission for Emerging Leaders

A New, Eight-Week, Online Course from NACAC

Ensure that your newly hired and beginning admission staff have the knowledge and skills to develop thriving, long-term careers in the profession and serve your institution well!

Enroll them in the new course, "Professional Certificate in College Admission for Emerging Leaders" (ELP).

Featuring an outstanding faculty, this eight-week, online course provides participants from postsecondary institutions with a comprehensive understanding of college admission and student recruitment. With this foundational course under their belt, your staff will be onboarded and ready to excel in their admission and recruitment role.

About the course

  • Comprehensive, online learning. This course provides a comprehensive understanding of college admission and student recruitment in a convenient, self-paced, online format. As a participant, you'll gain a national, regional, and international perspective while learning about best admission practices across multiple dimensions.

  • Short, on-demand modules. Log into the learning management system to complete the short, topic-based modules on your own schedule and at your own pace. Each participant has eight weeks to complete the course.

  • Three virtual meetings. In addition, all participants will gather on Zoom on three separate dates to meet with classmates and faculty members. You'll discuss key issues and topics, review assignments, and learn within smaller breakout groups. *Participants are required to attend at least two virtual meetings.*

  • Build your network. Start building your professional network. Each course section is open to 200 of your counterparts from colleges and universities worldwide. You'll have the opportunity to get to know the faculty members and keep the connections going through an online community of practice.

  • Professional certificate and digital learning badge. Upon successful completion of the course, you'll receive a professional certificate from NACAC. You'll also receive a digital learning badge that you can easily embed on LinkedIn and other social platforms to signify your achievement.

Who should participate?

Newly hired admission staff working at an institution of higher education.

What is the time commitment?

You should plan on spending approximtely 3-4 hours each week completing the on-demand modules. Each virtual live session is 1.5 hours long and start at 11am ET. Live sessions will be conducted via Zoom. *Participants are encouraged to attend all three live sessions*

Sample topic areas

  • Becoming a New Admission Professional
  • Basics of Data Analytics
  • Understanding College Selectivity
  • Decoding the School Profile
  • Basics of Student Engagement
  • Understanding Unconscious Bias
  • Serving Diverse Students
  • Event Management and Budgeting
  • College Admission Ethics
  • Introduction to Higher Education
  • How Students Pay for College
  • Recruitment on a Budget

Registration information

Registration is now open for the cohorts listed below. The cost per person is $195 for members and $300 for nonmembers.

A 25 percent discount is available for offices of four or more – contact us for a promo code prior to registration.

Registration is limited. No refunds are available (although participants may be substituted). For purchasing and billing questions, contact




Start Date
End Date

Virtual Meeting Dates: 11 AM ET

Cohort No.
Mar. 7 May 2 Feb. 28  March 23, April 5, April 19 0322
June 6 Aug. 1 May 30  June 21, July 6, July 19 0622
Aug. 15 Oct. 10 Aug. 11  Aug. 30, Sept. 13, Sept. 27 0822
Dec. 12 Feb. 6  Dec. 5 Dec. 20, Jan. 3, Jan. 17 1222


 * at 12 p.m. ET or until sold out




"The goal of this course is to invest in and equip new professionals so they can grow into leaders who pay it forward. Our dream for graduates of ELP is that they will emerge as the future leaders of our profession, advocating for families and engaging others, firmly rooted in equity, access, and kindness." 

- Emma Adebayo, program director



Emma Adebayo, ELP Program Director
Executive Director of Admissions
Augustana College (IL)

Christian Brown

Associate Director of College Counseling
Beacon Academy Chicago (IL)



James Fisher

Senior Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions
University of Southern California



Khala Granville

Dean of Admissions
College of Charleston (SC)



Ryan Hargraves

Executive Director, Student Recruitment and Admissions
University of Toronto (Canada)




Claudia Hernandez-Ponce

Higher Ed Professional and NACAC SIG Co-Lead




Valencia Jones

Senior Associate Director of Inclusion, Access, and Special Populations
Washington University in St. Louis (MO)




Fatmata Koroma

Associate Director of College Counseling
St. John's College High School (DC)



Candace Leake

Associate Director of Admissions for Access and Outreach 
Bucknell University (PA)




Terron Phillips

Former Director of Admissions/PhD: Higher Education Administration
Purdue University (IN)



Derek Terrell

Director of Member Engagement
Coalition for College



Andy White

Associate Director of Admission
Butler University (IN)



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