Graduate Certificate in College Teaching

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. For more information about program graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit the disclosure information.

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  
Workshop in English 2  
Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language  
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

Students may substitute courses with a disciplinary focus for any of the three required courses with prior written approval of the director.  
HE 603 Higher Education in the Digital Age 3
HE 704 The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 3
HE 605 Learning Assessment 3
HE 685 Practicum 3
Total Credits 12


Electives must be chosen in consultation with the HEP Director and are selected from any HE course. 6
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