Collegiate Pathway

The USHJA Instructor Credential collegiate pathway provides an opportunity for college students to develop their teaching and coaching, riding theory, and equine business skills and work toward their Instructor Credential through or alongside their college or university’s equestrian studies program. Participating Colleges pair the USHJA Instructor Credential program with their existing Equine Studies undergraduate curriculum. Students may complete the Instructor Credential online learning modules throughout their college tenure and attend an Instructor Credential Live Session hosted by the Participating College. Upon successful completion of their collegiate requirements and the Credential Program, graduates from these select Participating Colleges enter the industry with the unique benefit of not only holding a degree, but also being a USHJA Credentialed Instructor. To read more about the collegiate pathway, read the full press release here. For more information about becoming a Participating College, email

USHJA Instructor Credential Participating College: Lake Erie College

Lake Erie College, founded in 1856, provides an excellent, inclusive, and highly personalized education grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Guided by hope and care, students are empowered to lead lives of personal significance and professional success as global citizens. Lake Erie offers 35 undergraduate majors and master’s programs in business administration, professional studies, education, and physician assistant studies. Their students compete in 19 NCAA Division II varsity sports and on three intercollegiate equestrian teams.

Lake Erie combines a rigorous academic curriculum with experiential learning. Pairing the USHJA Instructor Credential with Lake Erie College curriculum ensures graduates hit the market with a substantial resume that stands out in a crowd.

The School of Equine Studies at Lake Erie College offers five majors and minors:

  • Equine Business Administration
  • Equine Facility Management
  • Equine Pre-Veterinary Science
  • Equine Therapeutic Horsemanship
  • Equine Teacher/Trainer

Additional equine academic pathways include:

  • Equine Fitness Management & Rehabilitation Concentration
  • Equine Studies Minor
  • Therapeutic Horsemanship Concentration

For more information about Lake Erie College, visit