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Graduate Certificate in College Teaching


The Graduate Certificate in College Teaching is a 12-credit (4-course) sequence designed to help graduate students in a variety of professional settings and disciplines who seek to enhance their understanding of teaching and learning issues for adult learners, particularly at institutions of higher education. Students who participate in the certificate program will have exposure to theory, research, and practice related to the professoriate and to teaching and learning in higher education. The intent of the Graduate Certificate is to assist professionals in responding to the increasingly complex and diversifying social and cultural contexts for adult learners. Students who complete the Certificate will have it listed on their transcripts.

The Graduate Certificate in College Teaching is designed to help you:

  • Clarify your goals related to student learning
  • Develop knowledge of and skills for using effective instructional methods
  • Improve your capacity for assessing student learning
  • Understand the characteristics of the United States professoriate and what it means to be a member of it.
  • NOTE: This certificate is not a credential for teacher certification/licensure.

Admission Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university and 18 graduate semester hours in a teaching discipline or professional field (the latter may be earned concurrently with the Certificate)
  • Acceptance to the certificate program by the Graduate School and department faculty
  • Minimum Required Hours: 12

Application Process

  • Apply to the Graduate School.  Select the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching when applying.
  • Include your Statement of Purpose focusing on the student’s goals in pursuing a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching.
  • Time Limit: 4 Years.

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in College Teaching involves coursework in The United States Professoriate and in College and University Teaching. Moreover, students take an elective related to a specific area of interest. Finally, students participate in a mentored teaching experience. The coursework is as follows:

  • AHE 603 College and University Teaching
  • AHE 602 Problems in Higher Education: The United States Professoriate
  • AHE 688 Mentored Teaching in Higher Education
  • Choose one elective from the following:
    • AHE 503                                       Learning w/ Tech in Higher Ed
    • AHE 507                                       Student Development Theory I
    • AHE 610                                       Academic Culture & Learn
    • AHE 644                                       Sem Acad Progrm Dev Eval
    • AIL 602                                         Electrnc Instruct Design
    • AIL 604                                         Distance Technologies
    • BEP 672                                       Teaching Ed Psych Coll
    • BSC 695                                       Spec Topics Biolog Sci
    • COM 501                                     Intro Tchng Public Speaking (may repeat 3 times)
    • COM 505                                     Intro to Teaching Comm Studies (may repeat 3 times)
    • COM 524                                     Forensics Pedagogy
    • COM 551                                     Instructional Communication
    • FR 512                                          Practicum Appl Linguist
    • GN 514                                        Teaching Methodology
    • HY 600                                         Teaching History (1 credit hour)
    • JCM 536                                       Teaching Multimedia News
    • MATH 591                                   Teaching College Math
    • NUR 531                                      Nsg Fac Roles and Resp
    • NUR 532                                      Instructional Media for Nursing Education (prerequisite: NUR 531)
    • NUR 620                                      Curriculum Theory & Practice
    • PY 695                                         Teaching Of Psychology
    • SP 502                                          Pract Appl Linguistics
    • WS 503                                        Teaching Gender & Race
    • or another advisor-approved elective