Credits required
18 Oregon State University is on a quarter-term system. There are four quarters each year and classes are 11 weeks long. This program's 18 quarter credits are equal to 12 semester credits.
Cost per credit
$528 Cost per credit is calculated using tuition per credit for the current academic year. It does not include associated fees, course materials, textbook expenses, and other expenses related to courses.
Online You can complete all courses online. Some courses may require proctored exams in your local area.
Start terms
3 per year

Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching – Online

Start fall, winter or spring term.
Apply at least four weeks prior to your intended start date.


Oregon State University's online Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching is designed for faculty, graduate teaching assistants and other professionals who want to develop or enhance instructional skills in a higher education setting.

Build your career in higher education

Adding graduate-level teaching credentials to your résumé or CV is a meaningful way to distinguish yourself when pursuing a career in higher education.


This certificate can help you stand out as you seek to attain a new position or “hit the ground running” as a newly hired faculty member into the world of research and teaching.

Graduate students

Graduate level teaching credits will help you differentiate yourself when competing for highly sought GTA or GRA positions or applying for grants.

Student services professionals

Demonstrable skills in designing high-quality learning experiences will make you more effective in your role and help you emerge as a leader among your peers.

Professionals transitioning to higher education

Developing instructional skills can help you transfer your professional experience and knowledge into a higher education setting.

18-credit certificate 100% online

Courses in this certificate program are developed by the OSU Graduate School. They are delivered fully online by Oregon State Ecampus – a national leader in distance education – and match the quality and rigor of OSU's campus-based courses.

This curriculum is designed to meet you at your current level of knowledge and help you develop or advance your teaching abilities.

Apply to take courses as a nondegree-seeking student

If you are not pursuing the full Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching but are interested in taking individual classes that are part of the graduate certificate curriculum, you may apply to OSU as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Benefits of an Oregon State University online certificate program

  • All classes are developed by Oregon State's world-class faculty, who are known worldwide for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • OSU is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Online students receive the same credits as on-campus students, and credits transfer to most higher education institutions.
  • Students can complete their courses from anywhere in the world with an internet connection.

With more than 1,000 online courses in more than 90 subjects, discover how Oregon State Ecampus can turn your passion for teaching into a lifelong career.


Dr. Susan Morré, online program coordinator
Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching

This is not a certification program

Please note: the GCCUT is a graduate certificate, which can be thought of as an 18-credit university degree. The certificate is not a form of official certification or licensure to legally practice teaching, which are not required in post-secondary education.

Federal regulations require institutions to report certain information about educational programs that lead to gainful employment in recognized occupations. For more details, visit the federal gainful employment disclosure page.


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