Sep 30, 2023  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Higher Education Teaching, Graduate Certificate

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General Program Information

Dr. Jill Channing, Graduate Coordinator
514 Warf Pickel Hall
(423) 439-7623

The Higher Education Teaching Graduate Certificate Program is a 15-credit program of study designed to provide the learner with specific pedagogical and curriculum design tools for the higher education environment. The focus of the program is to further educate college and university faculty and those who seek higher education teaching positions.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admissions criteria set by the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies, the following will be required for cosideration for acceptance into this certificate program:

  1. Demonstrate an interest in higher education teaching;
  2. Have at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the most current awarded degree;
  3. Possess a graduate degree or concurrent enrollment in a graduate degree with completion of at least one semester of study.

Application materials to be submitted to the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies include:

  1. An application;
  2. A one-page letter (essay) stating interest in the Higher Education Teaching graduate certificate program;
  3. Transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended;
  4. A vita or resume;
  5. Two letters of recommendation.

All applications will be evaluated by an admission committee composed of faculty members of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Applicants will be evaluated on (1) GPA in most recent degree; (2) professional work experience; (3) prior teaching positions/demonstrated interest in higher education teaching; and (4) writing ability. Applicants are encouraged to address their related accomplishments, goals, and interest in higher education teaching in the essay and in their vita.

Articulation Agreement

Students who have completed the Higher Education Teaching, Graduate Certificate and subsequently are admitted into the Ed.D. Educational Leadership (Higher Education Leadership Concentration) may have up to fifteen (15) of the certificate credits applied toward the degree program of study as long as the courses fall within the matriculation limits, a grade of B (3.0) or better was earned for the course, and courses taken as electives in the Higher Education Teaching, Graduate Certificate are approved by the Higher Education Leadership program coordinator for articulation.

Higher Education Teaching, Graduate Certificate Requirements: 15 credits

Required Courses 9 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 6 credits
TOTAL 15 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 6 credits

  • Any course with advisor approval (6 credits)

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