Successful Student Certificate Program with Externship

Program includes National Certification & an Externship Opportunity

The Successful Student Program

This program provides students with the information and skills they need to succeed in their studies, including setting academic goals, managing time and financial resources to meet those goals, and developing an awareness of how they learn. Students also build thinking, listening, reading, study skills, note-taking, test-taking, and information literacy skills. The program also includes discussions on stress management and career development. Throughout, students will apply critical thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate situations. The skills students learn from this program will be essential to student success not only in the academic context, but will also carry over to any professional undertakings thereafter.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Create long- and short-term goals that align with your personal mission statement
  • Create an academic time-management plan
  • Create long- and short-term financial goals
  • Solve a problem using critical and creative thinking
  • Recommend effective learning strategies for your learning preferences
  • Create class notes using active listening techniques
  • Create reading notes using active reading techniques
  • Recommend strategies for studying for and taking a test Mentor supported
  • Recommend strategies to appropriately communicate with diverse audiences, including peers, instructors, and teams
  • Evaluate sources for reliability, credibility, currency, and accuracy
  • Create a stress-management plan
  • Create a career exploration plan
  • Use Microsoft Office


  • Explain three keys to academic success
  • Analyze the relationship between values, motivation, and academic success
  • Write a personal mission statement
  • Analyze the characteristics of SMART goals


  • Identify effective time management strategies
  • Explain the importance of prioritizing activities
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of various time management tools
  • Recommend strategies for avoiding time management pitfalls


  • Define financial literacy
  • Explain the advantages of setting financial goals
  • Explain strategies for managing your finances
  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of using credit


  • Analyze steps in the critical thinking process
  • Use creative thinking techniques
  • Explain the value of using critical and creative thinking skills to solve problems


  • Describe different learning preferences
  • Determine your learning preferences
  • Recognize classroom and study tactics for different learning preferences


  • Describe how to prepare for class
  • Explain techniques for active listening
  • Analyze characteristics of effective in-class notes
  • Compare different in-class note taking strategies


  • Explain the process of active reading
  • Describe highlighting and annotating techniques
  • Explain different strategies for taking notes from reading materials
  • Combine class and text notes


  • Describe effective study habits
  • Identify various memory strategies for studying
  • Analyze strategies for taking different types of tests


  • Explain how to adjust your communication to suit your audience
  • Recommend best practices for forming and participating in teams
  • Explain ways to manage conflict in one-on-one and team settings


  • Explain information literacy
  • Describe strategies for finding appropriate information sources
  • Explain what makes a source reliable, credible, current, and accurate
  • Explain how to use sources ethically


  • Identify major stressors that affect students
  • Identify personal stressors
  • Analyze your reaction to personal stressors
  • Recommend tips for managing stress


  • Describe careers related to your interests
  • Explain the key strategies for exploring a career
  • Recommend strategies for networking that enhances career exploration and growth
  • Create a resume

Note: This program can be completed in 6 months. However, students will have online access to this program for a 24-month period.

Education and National Certifications

  • Students should have or be pursuing a high school diploma or GED.
  • There are no state approval and/or state requirements associated with this program.
  • There is a National Certification exam available to students who successfully complete this program:
    • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification Exam.

National Certification

Upon successful completion of this Auburn University program, students would be eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program at Auburn University will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so. Auburn University works with each student to complete the exam application and register the student to take their national certification exam.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location. Auburn University works with national organizations and has the ability to place students in externship opportunities nationwide.

Note: No refunds can be issued after the start date published in your Financial Award document.