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. Go to 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.

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

Certificate in College Teaching Course Requirements (PDF)

Required Core Courses - 4 courses (8 credits)
GRAD 950 Issues in College Teaching Online Summer Term 2
GRAD 951 Teaching with Writing Online Summer Term 2
GRAD 961 Cognition, Teaching, and Learning Online Summer Term 2
GRAD 965 Classroom Research & Assessment Methods Online Summer Term 2
Required Electives - 2 courses (minimum 4 credits)

GRAD 970

Special Topics in

College Teaching

Teaching and Learning with Multimedia Online January Term 2
Teaching with Technology Online Summer Term (not offered every year) 2
Course Design: Best Practices for Course Development and Implementation Online January Term and/or Summer Term 2
GRAD 995 Independent Study TBA AY of Summer Term (permission required) 1 or 2

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

Required Teaching Portfolio [Cognate Only]
GRAD 998 College Teaching Portfolio TBA TBA 1