Graduate Certificate in College Teaching

The Graduate School, in conjunction with the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning, offers a twelve-credit certificate program, the Certificate in College Teaching, designed to prepare and enhance the effectiveness of college teaching. The Certificate is open to current UNH faculty members and post-docs, and faculty, doctoral students enrolled at institutions other than UNH, as well as others outside of UNH with the minimum of a bachelors degree. All of the classes are online.

The Certificate in College Teaching offers, through a series of core and elective courses, a set of skills and understandings specific to effective teaching in a learner-centered environment. Courses focus on: theories and research in the area of cognitive science that are relevant to understanding and promoting student learning in educational contexts; how to design courses to enhance that learning; how to interact effectively with students; and how to assess teaching and learning. This program is designed to help faculty and post-docs learn and sharpen these skills, and to broaden their knowledge-base in the scholarship of college teaching.

All courses in the program are grounded in the latest research and scholarship in the field of college teaching. The curriculum offers a rich blend of teaching and learning theory, a comprehensive overview of the current best teaching practices in higher education, and practical strategies for applying what is learned.


Certificate in College Teaching Requirements

Students must be formally admitted to the Certificate program.  A maximum of 2 courses taken prior to matriculation (enrollment in the program after admission) may be applied to fulfill requirements in the Certificate. Click here to arrive at the Graduate School for application information. 

The Certificate requires the satisfactory completion of 12 academic credits including 8 credits in core courses and 4 credits in elective courses. A list of courses is outlined below. Contact Catherine Overson ( ) for more information on the Certificate in College Teaching. 

Below is a listing of the required and elective courses for the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching: 





Core Courses - 4 courses (8 credits)

GRAD 950 Issues in College Teaching

Online Summer 2
GRAD 951 Teaching with Writing Online Summer 2
GRAD 961 Cognition, Teaching, and Learning Online Summer 2
GRAD 965 Classroom Research and Assessment Methods Online Summer 2

Electives – 2 courses (Varied Availability)
(minimum of 4 credits)

GRAD 970 Speical Topics in College Teaching: Teaching and Learning with Multimedia

Online January Term 2

GRAD 970 Special Topics in College Teaching: Teaching with Technology

Online Summer - not offered every year 2
GRAD 970 Special Topics in College Teaching: Course Design: Best Practices for Course Development and Implementation Online January Term and/or Summer 2
GRAD 995 Independent Study TBA AY or Summer - permission required 1 or 2

Where available, the appropriate course(s) or seminar(s) on teaching in a particular discipline (e.g., history, economics, psychology, etc.)

Face to face AY Variable


For further information please contact Catherine Overson at (603) 862-0902 or via e-mail