Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program

The Horticultural Therapy Certificate Program in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University will aid students interested in a career as a horticultural therapist to acquire the required skills to pursue registration from the American Horticultural Therapy Association (AHTA). This 12-credit certificate program provides coursework in plant science, therapy skills and therapy program management.

In addition to the program’s coursework, graduates must  

  • become a member of AHTA at the associate level,  

  • hold a baccalaureate degree in horticulture with a concentration in horticultural therapy or an equivalent degree,  

  • complete horticulture coursework as outlined by AHTA, and  

  • successfully complete a 480-hour internship in horticultural therapy or meet the work experience criteria defined by AHTA. 

Classes & Curriculum

Coursework for the Certificate in Horticultural Therapy focuses on developing the knowledge and skills to engage diverse populations in horticultural activities designed to improve and enhance their physical, cognitive and emotional well-being. Courses include  

  • Plant Propagation

  •  Introduction to Horticultural Therapy,  

  • Horticultural Therapy Skills and  

  • Horticultural Therapy Program Management.  

All courses for the certificate must be taken at Temple University. Learn more about the curriculum.

Internships & Opportunities

Every year, Tyler students benefit from exposure to scores of artists, scholars, architects, designers and professionals who are at the top of their fields. Students meet with these inspiring individuals through lectures, class visits, demonstrations and more—including three diverse lecture series and two major speaker programs—the Jack Wolgin Visiting Artist Program and the Knowles Architecture Alumni Lecture.

Tyler’s renowned Critical Dialogue Series, Architecture and Environmental Design Present series, and Laurie Wagman Visiting Artist in Glass series bring influential artists, curators, critics, filmmakers, designers, art historians and more to enrich the Tyler undergraduate experience and interact with students.

Students also connect with a plethora of design projects, programs, studios, workshops, design firms, art centers and collections for internships, residencies and other opportunities, regularly listed in Tyler’s biweekly newsletter, The WHAT.


Pursuing a certificate in environmental disciplines teaches you how to be a dynamic thinker and problem-solver—two of the most valued skills that today’s employers seek in new hires. Design programs teach creative ways of seeing, thinking and making.

Students learn versatility and technical skills while becoming adept in traditional practice and new technologies. Students enter a competitive workforce at the head of the pack, ready to use their skill sets and creativity to tackle society’s toughest challenges.

Tyler career coaches specialize in the types of jobs available in the arts and built environment, mentoring students on everything from cover letters to interviews to career advice.

Temple’s Career Center is another resource that empowers students to find pathways to future success. The Career Center offers comprehensive career development services, from résumés and interviews to finding internships and jobs.

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for this Certificate Program is based on school or college of your major, program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.


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