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Diabetes Education and Management

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Certificate in Advanced Diabetes Topics


The Certificate in Advanced Diabetes Topics offered at Teachers College is an academic certificate that is unrelated to certification in diabetes education.

In 2011, Teachers College pioneered the first online, interprofessional graduate degree in diabetes education and management. Today we also offer a post-master’s certificate. Classes are designed to fit your busy schedule.

  • Online classes—5 courses, 16 credits
  • Length of program: 2 years (part time)
  • Requires a master’s degree or higher
  • Emphasizes effective approaches to working with people who have diabetes
  • Provides clinicians and others working in diabetes a foundation in pathophysiology, assessment, management/interventions, education, and behavior change

Certificate in Advanced Diabetes Topics Courses

The Certificate in Advanced Diabetes Topics requires satisfactory completion of 16 course points. The program may be completed in three to five academic terms. Two courses are offered in the fall, one in the spring, and two in the summer term.

Required Diabetes Related Core Courses  (16 points):

  • HBSD 4110 Behavior Change Strategies for Diabetes Management (3)
  • HBSD 4120 Pathophysiology of diabetes and its complications (3)
  • HBSD 4130 Assessment of the person with diabetes (3)
  • HBSD 4140 Preventive and therapeutic interventions in diabetes management (4)
  • HBSD 4150 Diabetes self-management education (DSME) programs:  Development, implementation, and evaluation (3)

Admissions Criteria and Application Process

Applications for the Certificate in Advanced Diabetes Topics are reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis. Admission requirements include:

  • Online non-degree application
  • Official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate degrees
  • Resume/CV
  • Written personal essay of a few pages that includes your interest in diabetes, your experience as a diabetes educator, if any, and your career goals; copies of registration, licensure, or certification
  • Official scores from an accepted English proficiency exam
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from a graduate level professor.