Culinary Arts - Certificate of Specialization

The Certificate of Specialization in Culinary Arts Program is designed to prepare students for entry-level work in the foodservice industry. It is also a great transition into upper-level coursework, particularly the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Culinary Arts degree program. The certificate program is a good fit for those seeking to graduate as soon as possible or those who are already working in the field. Our instructors combine theory and classroom learning with kitchen demonstrations and hands-on practice. Program courses include Food Preparation and Theory, Meat Fabrication, Safety and Sanitation, and more. Graduates find work at restaurants, nutrition centers, catering companies and other foodservice organizations.

The Culinary Arts Program is accredited by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission (ACFEFAC).

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Create their own dishes or baked goods
Learn how the foodservice industry works
Develop skills needed to find entry-level employment
Transition to the A.A.S. in Culinary Arts Program

Program Snapshot

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Average Length: Not Available
Average Salary: Not Available
Graduation Retention Rate: Not Available

Possible Careers

Foodservice manager
Food stylist
Cake decorator

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Lisa Gardner
Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Department Chair


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