COE: Grad Cert: College Access, Student Success, and Student Services Leadership (CASSL)
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Strengthen the Foundation for Student Success to Transform College Access, Workforce Preparation, and Student Services

The graduate certificate program in College Access, Student Success, and Student Services Leadership (CASSL) will provide participants an opportunity to pursue a career in student services related to college access and workforce development. The program will prepare college preparation professionals to establish partnerships with K-12 institutions, community colleges, 4-year institutions, community agencies, and private college preparation agencies to establish defined academic and career pathways and mentoring systems for elementary, middle school and high school students. The goal is to prepare all students for success, whether they choose to pursue a college degree, vocational training, or transition to the workforce immediately following high school.

The graduate certificate program will also provide student support professionals with the necessary tools to intercede and provide the appropriate psychological, social and emotional supports during the critical developmental phases of childhood and adolescence to empower minority youth in underrepresented communities and disadvantaged populations to become contributing members of society.

Utilizing the insight gained from this program, participants can also pursue entry-level staff positions related to student affairs administration. Students will develop the requisite knowledge and skills upon completion of a 12-hour curriculum.

Who Should Apply

  • K-12 Teacher Leaders who want to transform the college access and career readiness culture
  • Professionals interested in staff and leadership roles related to pre-collegiate programming in 2- and 4-year institutions
  • Professionals interested in staff and leadership roles in private agencies that provide college access services to students in urban communities
  • Professionals who want to establish partnerships with community leaders and community agencies to promote college access and vocational programming and funding initiatives
  • Professionals who are interested in serving as transition support specialists for K-12 students who express an interest in career options immediately following high school
  • Professionals interested in staff and leadership roles related to student support services in 2- and 4-year institutions

Career Options

  • Student Affairs professionals in higher education institutions
  • College and Career Advisors in Charter Schools
  • Academic and Career Advising/Coaching professionals in higher education institutions
  • Postsecondary education access programming, including TRIO, Bridge, Talent Search, and Upward Bound
  • College preparation professionals working for agencies such as College Bound or Wyman Center
  • College access policy development with state and federal agencies
  • Child advocacy, victimization, and trauma support for K-12 and postsecondary students
  • Independent college preparation and career readiness professionals who establish private practice focused in this area

Graduate Certificate

Program Director:

Dr. Shawn Woodhouse

123 South Campus Classroom Building (SCCB)
p: (314) 516-5889

Deadlines to Apply:
Fall - July 1
Spring - December 1
Summer - May 1
HIGHERED 6474Understanding the Psychosocial Development of Emerging Adults3
or CAST 4398 Child Maltreatment: A Multidisciplinary Approach
HIGHERED 6475College Access and Career Preparation for the Emerging Adult 3
HIGHERED 6476Organization and Administration of Higher Education3
HIGHERED 6478Enrollment Management and Student Retention3
Total Hours12
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Shawn Woodhouse, Ph.D.
Associate Dean

Shawn Woodhouse is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Administration in the Division of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies for the College of Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. A Gus T. Ridgel Fellow, Dr. Woodhouse completed her Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia in Higher and Adult Education.