Are you interested in a certificate in child nutrition?
Do you have a passion for nutrition, and want to provide healthier meals for children? The graduate Certificate Program in Management of Child Nutrition Program will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to excel in the management of child nutrition. The program is designed for school nutrition program directors/supervisors and senior management staff employed by local school districts or state agencies, as well as those interested in pursuing careers in school nutrition.
This convenient and affordable online program draws on real-world experiences and encourages professionals to engage in research meaningful to their organization. Faculty and industry experts facilitate a think-tank learning environment where creativity flourishes and students engage with the brightest minds in human capital development – offering the best to our students. This is your life, plus college.
Interested in a master’s degree? Check out our Nutrition and Food Systems online degree – MS (Management of Child Nutrition Programs). Need an undergraduate certificate instead? We also offer a Child Nutrition Program Management Undergraduate Certificate online.
Management of Child Nutrition
The Graduate Certificate in Management of Child Nutrition Programs is a professional curriculum that prepares students to assume management responsibilities in school nutrition settings as child nutrition program directors and as school food service directors and managers.
This certificate program is targeted towards individuals currently working in school nutrition and foodservice programs, as employees of state or local school districts and education agencies, or those seeking such employment. The program is open to both resident degree candidates and practitioners who need to update and formalize their knowledge pertaining to management of child nutrition programs. Resident students are advised that course requirements include applied assignments that must be carried out in the school nutrition setting. Students may complete the certificate program with or without being admitted to a specific degree program. Students may complete the certificate program to fulfill elective hours as part of the M.S. in Nutrition and Food Systems. Students must declare their intent to complete the certificate program in a letter to the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems before completing 6 credit hours of the courses required for the certificate.
To earn the certificate, students are required to complete 12 credit hours from NFS 581, NFS 582, NFS 625, and NFS 673 all with grades of B or better. Students must complete any prerequisite courses prior to enrolling in the required courses. Students may repeat a class only one time if earning a grade less than a B. Students must complete certificate requirements within four years.
Requirements for Admission
Applicants must complete the follwing:
- The applicant must complete the online application forma dn pay the application fee.
- The applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution approved by a recognized accrediting agency
- The applicant must be eligible to re-enter the last college or university attended in good standing.
- The applicant must present evidence, by official transcript, of a grade point average equivalent to at least 3.0 (calculate on a 4.0 scale) for the last two years (60 hours) of undergraduate study.
- The applicants must submit a written statement of purpose, discussing professional goals and how completion of the certificate is expected to assist in attaining those goals.
- The chair of the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems must be satisfied that the applicant shows promise of satisfying the certificate program requirements and approve admission.
|Financial Management in Child Nutrition Programs||3 hrs.|
|Food Production Management in Child Nutrition Programs||3 hrs.|
|The Nutrition of Children||3 hrs.|
|Child Nutrition Program Management||3 hrs.|
Please note that the above information is meant to be a guide and is not official. For further information regarding courses for this degree, see the University Bulletin. Please be aware that not all course choices listed in the University Bulletin are available online. However, sufficient online options are available to complete this degree.
Frequently Asked Questions
Typically we offer one to two classes per semester including the summer semester.
We rotate the classes each semester. Classes offered each semester are dependent on enrollment. Typically a student can finish the program within two calendar years, including courses taken during the summer semester
Students may start the program at the beginning of each semester.
Please check Southern Miss’s academic calendar at: http://www.usm.edu/registrar/calendars
Students can access the class through the internet from any computer with internet access. Most courses require use of word processing or spreadsheet software (Microsoft Office is preferred).
The faculty are a combination of full-time faculty in the Nutrition and Food Systems department and adjunct faculty with teaching and professional expertise and experience in child nutrition program management.
The Mississippi Department of Education has approved the coursework in the certificate program to meet the educational requirements for School Food Service Administrator. If you are from another state, please check with your state agency to determine if these courses will meet your state requirements.
Please visit our programs page here: https://online.usm.edu/programs/
The Graduate Certificate in Management Child Nutrition Programs requires six three-credit courses for completion and provides broad exposure to the field. Graduates of the program are prepared to take on additional responsibilities in their existing careers or begin new careers as child nutrition professionals.
The Graduate Certificate Program may serve as an entry point for enrollment into the Master of Science (MS) in Nutrition and Food Systems program.
The program is geared to meet the educational needs of two types of students:
- The school nutrition professional seeking advanced training in food service operations and financial management and child nutrition.
- The individual with no experience in child nutrition programs seeking training in food production management, child nutrition program management, and child nutrition.
The main objectives of the program are to provide students with:
- A theoretical and practical understanding of child nutrition program management, including food production, financial management, child nutrition and school wellness.
- Skills needed to manage school nutrition programs in the 21st century.
Admission to the Graduate Certificate Program requires a baccalaureate degree in any subject area from a college or university approved by a recognized accrediting agency. No specific food service management or nutrition background is required.
- A bachelor’s degree in any field of study from an accredited institution.
- The TOEFL for all applicants for whom English is not their native language.
- An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.75.
- Completion of an undergraduate introductory nutrition course (applicants who have not met this prerequisite can enroll in NFS 362, Nutrition, offered online)
- Official sealed transcripts must accompany the application.
Graduate Certificate Application Deadlines:
- Fall semester – July 15
- Spring semester – November 15
- Summer term – April 15