Western Illinois University comes to Shedd with its graduate certificate in zoo and aquarium studies, master's in biological sciences, or master's in arts and sciences. These certificates are perfect for people who are already employed at a zoo or aquarium and want continuing education and recognition for job advancement.
Graduate-level coursework focuses on a number of skills, including personnel management, budgeting, problem solving, time management, organizational structure, negotiation, reward systems and leadership. Background on basic theories, concepts and techniques in animal training will also be provided.
All participants, degree-seeking or otherwise, must register with WIU and pay WIU tuition in addition to Shedd Aquarium fees.