Step 1 - Design & Development
The first step is to contact and meet with someone from the Curriculum Office. To set up a meeting, contact any of the following specialists:
- Curriculum Coordinator, Sally Earll, firstname.lastname@example.org or 971-722-7812
- Curriculum Specialist, Djambel Unkov, email@example.com or 971-722-7816.
Determine what type of degree or certificate you want to develop:
- Associate of Applied Science Degree: 90-108 credits which includes 16 credits of general education
- Associate of Applied Science Degree Option: 90-108 credits, 70% of the credits, minimum, must be the SAME as the parent degree, and 16 credits of general education.
- Statewide Associate of Applied Science Degree: 90-108 credits, member of a statewide consortium of community colleges who offer like curriculum. PCC can be a member or a host school for the consortium
- Less-than-one-year certificate: 12-44 credits.
- Career Pathway certificate: 12-44 credits, and is wholly contained within a 45 credit certificate or an associate degree program, requires a roadmap.
- One-year certificate: 45-60 credits, 8 credits or 240 hours of embedded related instruction in the areas of communication, computation and human relations. This can be related to a degree (related certificate) or an independent certificate
- Two-year certificate: 61-108 credits, 16 credits or 480 hours of embedded related instruction in the areas of communication, computation and human relations. This can be related to a degree (related certificate) or an independent certificate.
- Business and Industry Certificate: Certificate is exclusively for employees at that business. It cannot be promoted to the public.
Sub 100-level courses
Note about the use of sub 100 level courses (not collegiate) in degrees and certificates. Sub 100 level course cannot be used in:
- The first 12 credits of a less-than-one-year certificate
- The first 45 credits of a one-year certificate
- The first 61 credits of the two-year certificate
- The first 90 credits of an AAS degree
Resources for designing and developing degrees and certificates
- Degree and Certificate Outcomes
- Advice for writing your AAS degree and certificate outcomes.
- Career Pathway Roadmap
- Certificates of 12-44 credits in which EVERY class within the certificate is within a larger degree or certificate are required to have a roadmap. Learn more about setting up a career pathway roadmap.
- Related Instruction: for certificates only 45-108 credits
- Certificates of 45 credits or more MUST include a recognizable body of instruction in program-related areas of communication, computation, and human relations. Learn more about these requirements on the Related Instruction pages.