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2022-23 Graduate Catalog 
2022-23 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College and University Teaching Certificate

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Jim Huffman, Program Director
(615) 898-2331

This certificate program offered by the Womack Educational Leadership Department  has as its central goal, the preparation of students to competently assume the duties of a faculty member in an institution of higher education upon the completion of their doctoral studies. To accomplish this goal, this program includes instruction and experiences that offer preparation to develop future faculty members who

  • are able to apply appropriate instructional techniques to meet specific learning goals;
  • are able to effectively and independently instruct a class as instructor of record, including developing a syllabus, preparing course-appropriate learning activities, and evaluating student performance;
  • are able to demonstrate understanding of the interrelationship between scholarship, teaching, and research for college and university faculty members;
  • are skilled with technology in the classroom, distance and e-learning, presentation techniques, and instructional design; and
  • will have a verifiable credential documenting preparation for and skill in teaching at the college/university level.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the College and University Teaching certificate program requires

  1. being fully admitted into a terminal degree program at MTSU or a terminal degree;
  2. an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken or have earned a terminal degree.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. be fully admitted to the College of Graduate Studies;
  2. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php). Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work.

Certificate Requirements

Once admitted to the program, candidates for the graduate certificate in College and University Teaching must

  1. maintain a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.00 in courses leading to the certificate;
  2. successfully complete a minimum of four (4) approved workshops delivered by the Learning, Teaching, and Innovative Technologies Center or another center approved by the College of Graduate Studies. One of these workshops must have an e-learning or online teaching focus.
  3. create a teaching portfolio.

Curriculum: College and University Teaching

Candidate must complete 12 hours in the following course of study:

Teaching Practicum (3 hours)

Program Notes

  • Students may transfer up to six (6) credit hours of approved coursework into the certificate program.
  • The time limit for use of credit toward the certificate is six years from the date of enrollment in the earliest course applied toward the certificate, including transferred courses.

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