Student Program

Learning Pathways

Engage in a Deeper Learning Experience

Students who pursue a Pathway Certification from GOA learn deeply about their own interests, preparing them to declare a college major or explore careers they might want to pursue in the future. These students are further able to distinguish themselves and create opportunities for sharing their unique learning journey in the college admissions process.

Earn a Pathway Certification

A GOA Pathway Certification prepares students to declare a college major or explore careers they might want to pursue in the future. These students are further able to distinguish themselves and create opportunities for sharing their unique learning journey in the college admissions process.

Students seeking to demonstrate depth of interest and expertise in a field of study can pursue one of GOA’s eight pathways to earn a Pathway Certification.

When a student earns a Pathway Certification, the certification is highlighted on their GOA transcript, which provides additional context and description of a student’s GOA experience. The GOA-issued transcript includes a list of courses the student has taken and the competencies mastered in those courses as well as Pathway Certification earned. Schools will continue to record grades from GOA courses on the school’s transcript as well.

In order to earn a Pathway Certification, students must take three (or more) courses from a particular pathway. GOA’s eight pathways are Art, Media & Design; Business, Economics & Finance; Computer Science & Engineering; Global Studies; Health Sciences; Justice, Ethics & Human Rights; Mathematics & Quantitative Reasoning; and Psychology & Neuroscience.

Please note: Not all courses are included in a pathway and some courses are cross-listed in more than one pathway. All courses eligible for Pathway Certification must be completed through GOA.

Earn a Global Learning Certification

Students who take three (or more) GOA courses spread across multiple learning pathways will earn a Global Learning Certification. This certification is highlighted on the student’s GOA transcript and includes a list of courses the student has taken and the competencies mastered in those courses. All semester, yearlong, and summer courses will count toward a Global Learning Certification.

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