Graduate Certificate in University and College Teaching

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Graduate Certificate in University and College Teaching (12 credit hours)

Program Director
Dr. Florence Martin

College of Education 279
University of North Carolina Charlotte
Phone: 704-687-8869
Skype: florencemartin2k

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Program Description
This 12 credit hour Graduate Certificate in College Teaching will prepare graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, current faculty, and others with the skills needed for the full range of faculty responsibilities at a range of institutions of higher education.

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the issues facing American college students through an exploration of student development theories and an examination of the relationship between the college environment and student engagement and success.
  • Develop concrete skills in teaching including developing a teaching philosophy, creating an effective syllabus, integrating effective instructional strategies, developing awareness of issues in college classroom and developing confidence in teaching style.
  • Apply effective instructional design, adult learning principles, curriculum models and delivery formats to create engaging learning experiences
  • Analyze, design, develop, and evaluate online learning including preparing online students, facilitating, fostering a sense of community, and administering online instruction

Course Requirements: The following four courses (12 credit hours) should be completed to earn the graduate certificate.

Course Number and Delivery Format

Courses Title and Credit Hour

ADMN  8171 (Hybrid)         

American College Student (3)

GRAD 8001  (Hybrid)    

Teaching at the College or University Level (3)

EIST 8150 (Online)

Design and Development of Online Learning (3) Systems

ADMN  8695 (Online)  

Doctoral Seminar in Teaching and Learning (3)


Admission Requirements

  • A Master’s degree from an accredited university or pursuing a doctoral degree.
  • GPA of at least 2.75 (based on a 4.0 scale) on all previous work completed beyond high school (secondary school).
  • An online application through the Graduate School’s application system
  • A statement of purpose

Who will benefit from this certificate?
There are several groups of students who will benefit from this certificate.

  • Doctoral students from the various programs.
  • Adjunct faculty and lecturers who are new to teaching.
  • Community college faculty and new tenure-track faculty who are content experts but not trained in teaching pedagogies.

Courses as electives
In addition to earning the graduate certificate, these courses can also be counted as electives towards your doctoral degree (if your program has room for electives).

Next cohort to be admitted for Fall 2017 semester. Apply at

Priority application deadline - March 1st, Final Application deadline - August 15th

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