Degree and Certificate Development Overview
The Curriculum Office provides support to faculty as they create new or revise existing AAS degrees and certificates. These pages are meant to help guide faculty through the process of gaining approval from PCC and the State of Oregon. Prior to developing a new degree or certificate, the sponsoring faculty and/or dean must complete the Preliminary Review form.
|Types of Degrees or Certificates||Credits|
|Associate of Applied Science Degree: Must include 16 credits of general education||90-108|
|Two-year certificate: 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.||61-108|
|One-year certificate: 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||45-60|
|Career Pathway certificate: Is wholly contained within a 45 credit certificate or an associate degree program.||12-44|
|Business and Industry Certificate: Certificate is exclusively for employees at that business. It cannot be promoted to the public.||Varies|
How long will it take?
A new degree or certificate request will take a minimum of eight months and/or three terms to complete the approval process. A revised degree or certificate will take a minimum of four months to complete the process.
New or Revised?
Reasons for a new AAS degree or certificate include:
- results of a program change
- advisory committee recommendations
- external scans
Reasons for revisions to an AAS degree or certificate include:
- course credit change
- addition, removal, or exchanging required courses
- degree or certificate outcome change
- change in the total number of electives
- change in total credits
- program title change
- program prerequisite change
- change in status (e.g., open vs. limited enrollment)
- related instruction: initial submission or changes