Certificate Program in Genealogy and the Post-Graduate Diploma of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences
There are currently two programs in the American School of Genealogy, which is a part of the International College, – i.e. the Certificate Program in Genealogy and the Post-Graduate Diploma of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences (graded as a Licentiate). The aim of the certificate program is to provide an introductory level of competence in fields of genealogy, heraldry, documentary sciences, pedagogic studies and scientific research and educational methodology. The Accredited Post-Graduate Diploma of Genealogy, Heraldry and Documentary Sciences, a professional and academic diploma in genealogical, family history and heraldic studies, is designed through its structures and processes to develop a higher level of skills, knowledge and attitudes among the participants in the areas of genealogical and heraldic studies as well as the fields of history, anthropology, archeology, sociology, education, research theory, teaching, ethics writing, and legalities of the varied professions.
Many societies, associations and schools in the U.S. offer technical or mechanically inclined courses in genealogy. However, as excellent as these may be, a void exists in the educational and scientific knowledge, as there is no nexus or connection between the aforementioned disciplines in scientific knowledge and writing.
Thus, a student, regardless of how versed he/she is in the technical skills of genealogy, is like a traveler in the South Pacific without a map or compass. The American School/College of Genealogy, offers courses that are individually tailored to a student’s adult professional goals. The scientific and scholarly genealogical course program is consistent with the model of adult learning theory practices and processes. The College’s postgraduate program consists of 10 advanced 16 week per course units. The accredited courses are located at:
Genealogy Programs – The Distance Education Model
The goal of the American School of Genealogy is to offer studies that are individualized to the professional goals and career interests of students. Students work with their primary mentors and together they build the study plan, which outlines their route and requirements leading to the finalization of their program. Courses are taken through a distance-learning mode. In time, courses will be offered on-site. The School also has an annual conference and series of learning workshops which will be held at various university and royal society sites.
• The one-on-one mentorship model helps mature students to customize their learning through working with individual mentors.
• Students can proceed at their own pace by working with their mentor designing a study plan to complete a course within a 16 week period.
• Students and their mentors work together to plan their communication schedule as they work through their courses in distance learning.
• All of the students work under the mentorship of leading scholars and noted professional genealogists.
• The genealogical program is designed to meet the educational standards through the self-paced delivery mode that is meaningful and effective to the professional genealogist.
• The program in genealogy takes into consideration the previous professional training and experience as well as other prior learning of the students.
• Students work in their own academic areas of interests within their selected minor fields of academic study.
• Students emphasize their own professional interests, through individualized and interdisciplinary programs, which may address local, regional or global concerns.
• Students meet weekly as a group to discuss research, comments, and hopes for the future and comparative techniques in other fields. The discussions are by audio-visual Skype meetings, consisting from 3-12 students.
The American School/College of Genealogy, in its commitment to implement a strong program has appointed a Vice President of Academic Studies who is committed to meet the demands of a broad research base and curriculum through the active development of scope and sequence by integrating the program within various kinship model and European theories.