College and University TeachingGraduate Certificate

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
Online You can complete all courses online. Some courses may require proctored exams in your local area.
Start terms
3 per year

Curriculum: 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.

The online Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching consists of a total of 18 graduate course credits. All of these courses are available online. Students who complete the program earn a transcript-visible Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching from Oregon State University. The program is designed to be completed within two years.

Visit the OSU Graduate School GCCUT curriculum page to view the student handbook, frequently asked questions and a complete list of online and on-campus courses for the current academic year.

Expected learning outcomes

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Watch this webinar video hosted by program director Jessica (White) Beck and get an overview of the program curriculum, tuition and how to apply.

Students who successfully complete all experiences associated with the graduate certificate will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Describe and discuss key theories and principles of learning and development in adulthood
  • Develop a course or comprehensive learning experience intended for adult learners, including the creation of a course syllabus with learning outcomes, a plan for assessing student learning, and related and engaging instructional activities
  • Design and deliver quality instructional activities to adult learners and revise instruction in response to feedback from students, peers and colleagues
  • Identify key instructional issues, trends, ethical issues, and compelling research questions for future investigation toward a greater understanding of adult learning
  • Conduct self-appraisal and peer review of instructional skills, identify successes and areas of improvement, and articulate a philosophy of teaching

Required core courses (6 credits)

The core courses focus on theories and research related to teaching and learning in higher education as well as successful course design and methods for college and university teaching. The intent of the core course work is to provide a solid theoretical and pedagogical foundation for working in higher education settings.

  • GRAD 560: Theories and Practice in College and University Teaching (3 credits)
  • GRAD 561: Course Design and Methods for College and University Teaching (3 credits)

Supervised teaching internship (GRAD 610, 3 credits)

The supervised teaching internship is intended to support students in their "hands-on" instructional experiences where they are encouraged to hone their skills and reflect upon the experiences in thoughtful and purposeful ways with a university faculty member. The selected internship experience must have a college or university teaching component in which the internship student is actively participating. All internship experiences should include, at a minimum: (a) significant involvement in the development, revision, or ongoing modification of the course syllabus; (b), responsibility for the facilitation of at least 3 class sessions (e.g. lecturer, recitation instructor, lab instructor); and (c) responsibility for evaluating at least one major student assignment, preferably one that includes a written component.

Capstone teaching portfolio (GRAD 607, 3 credits)

The capstone teaching portfolio is meant to provide a culminating experience for students whereby they demonstrate and articulate their knowledge and skills in the area of teaching and learning. The culminating experience is the development of an individual teaching portfolio or similar set of materials appropriate to the profession which may contain elements such as a statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vitae, a video recording and analysis of the student's teaching, samples of graded student work, student, peer, or supervisor evaluations of teaching, sample course materials such as syllabi, learning activities, assessment tools, and uses of technology to support learning.

Specialized course work and experiences (6 credits)

Specific selection of courses will be determined by students and their advisor, subject to approval by GCCUT program director Dr. Jessica Beck. These elective courses may include but are not limited to the following:

  • GRAD 550: Introduction to Online Course Development and Facilitation (2 credits)
  • SED 599: Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences (3 credits)
  • TCE 596: Technology for Educators (3 credits)
  • GRAD 512: Current Issues in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • GRAD 542/WGSS 542: The Inclusive Classroom: Difference, Power, and Discrimination (3 credits)

Transfer credits

Upon approval, up to six graduate credits from another institution or previously-earned graduate degree may be transferred toward this graduate certificate. All courses must meet the Graduate School's requirements for transfer credits, and be approved by the university accordingly. 


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