Graduate Certificate in College Teaching (Offered by Higher Education Program)

Catalog Year: 2023-2024

Banner Code: LA-CERG-CTCH-HE

The certificate in college teaching is designed for graduate students who are planning a career in undergraduate education. The program offers courses that enhance pedagogical skills and explore pedagogical assessment or scholarship with the use of technology in instruction.

This certificate program qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 18

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students pursuing this graduate certificate must choose either a concentration in English pedagogy or a concentration in higher education pedagogy.

Concentration in English Pedagogy (EPGY)

Core Courses

ENGH 610 Proseminar in Teaching the Reading of Literature 3
ENGH 615 Proseminar in Composition Instruction 3
Pedagogy Courses  
Select two courses from the following: 6
Topics in Pedagogy  
Northern Virginia Writing Project Inservice Program 1  
Composition Theory  
Visiting Writers 2  
Applied Linguistics: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)  
Total Credits 12

 Offered only to full-time teachers through school district contracts.


Topic must be NVWP Summer Institute; open to full-time teachers on an invitation basis.


Select content-area coursework that supports their goals in developing pedagogical expertise. 1 6
Total Credits 6

 Electives should be selected in consultation with an advisor.

Concentration in Higher Education Pedagogy (HEDP)

Core Courses

Choose 9 credits from the following courses: 9
College Teaching  
Learning Assessment  
Higher Education in the Digital Age  
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning  
Assessment and Program Evaluation in Higher Education  
HE 685 Practicum 3
Total Credits 12


Choose 6 credits from the following courses: 6
The Community College  
Cultural Pluralism in Higher Education  
Research Methods in Higher Education  
Introduction to Helping Skills  
The Contemporary College Student  
Student Development Theory  
Students in Postsecondary Education  
History of Higher Education  
Other HE courses, when relevant, with approval of director or advisor
Total Credits 6