College and University Teaching Certificate
Dr. Jim Huffman
College of Education Building, 314
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 to the College and University Teaching certificate program requires
- an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college;
- an acceptable grade point average in all college work taken.
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
- be fully admitted to the College of Graduate Studies;
- be fully admitted to a terminal graduate degree program at MTSU;
- submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit official transcripts of all previous college work.
Once admitted to the program, candidates for the graduate certificate in College and University Teaching must
- meet all of the retention and graduation requirements of the College of Graduate Studies at MTSU;
- complete 12 hours of graduate courses (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
- maintain a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.00 in courses leading to the certificate;
- 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.
- create a teaching portfolio that will be reviewed by a faculty panel who must approve the portfolio.
Candidate must complete 12 hours in the following course of study:
- SPSE 7551 - Instructional Development in Higher Education 3 credit hours
College teaching methodology courses selected from the following list or substitution of a discipline-specific course may be requested:
- SPSE 6210 - Legal Issues in Higher Education 3 credit hours OR
- SPSE 7210 - Legal Issues in Higher Education 3 credit hours
- FOED 6520 - Evaluation in Higher Education 3 credit hours OR
- FOED 7520 - Evaluation in Higher Education 3 credit hours
- FOED 6570 - Issues in Higher Education 3 credit hours OR
- FOED 7570 - Issues in Higher Education 3 credit hours
- FOED 6580 - The College Student 3 credit hours OR
- FOED 7580 - The College Student 3 credit hours
- FOED 7560 - Seminar in College Teaching 3 credit hours
NOTE: If available, a program-specific teaching practicum may be substituted for FOED 7560.
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.
With the approval of their doctoral program director, students may count up to 9 hours from the certificate program toward their Ph.D. degree requirements.
Award of this certificate is concurrent with and contingent upon award of the terminal degree.
Candidate must file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the semester in which candidate intends to graduate.