College Credit Program

Certificate Program

Pearson Online Academy students can enroll in the American Public University System (APUS) certificate program and earn 18 college credits. In addition to career exploration, students can receive industry certification in one of three career pathways while still in high school. College credits also meet Pearson Online Academy graduation requirements.

APU online certificate programs are ideal if you seek a short program focused on career exploration or knowledge of a specific discipline. Consult with your Pearson Online Academy school counselor, family, and teachers, and review APU's undergraduate certificate programs carefully before selecting your desired program. The online certificate programs are included in your Pearson Online Academy tuition. The opportunity to get ahead and save on college tuition costs via college online courses for high school students is available through the following unique certificate program.

Featured Certificate Pathways

Homeland Security

The homeland security certificate may be suitable for those interested in public safety, criminal justice and homeland security. Students will take courses to learn about security vulnerabilities, intelligence, consequence management, and homeland defense.

Real Estate Management

The real estate management certificate may be suitable for those interested in the real estate field. Students will take courses to learn about a variety of real estate topics including real estate law, property management, deeds and leases, insurance, marketing, and negotiation.

Visual Communications

The visual communications certificate may be suitable for those interested in graphic design, image editing and animation. Students will take courses to learn how to design, develop and deploy moving text and graphics to create dynamic and interactive digital experiences.

American Public University is part of the American Public University System (APUS), which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). A nationally recognized leader in online education, APU offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Arts & Humanities, Business Education, Public Service & Health, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), and Security and Global Studies.

For additional information, please contact your Pearson Online Academy advisory teacher.

Note: Participation in our online environment requires appropriate computer equipment and Internet access. Before continuing with the enrollment process, please review the technology requirements.

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