College Teaching Certificate
The Adult and Higher Education Program offers a Certificate in College Teaching to develop and promote exemplary teaching among graduate students, aspiring faculty, and current faculty wanting to enhance their teaching skills. The goal of the certificate is to make individuals more competitive in the job market as instructors and faculty members at colleges and universities. A total of 12 credits of coursework are required to earn the certificate. Participants may enroll in the program either Fall or Spring.
A total of 12 credits of course work are required to earn the College Teaching Certificate. Taking three credits a semester, participants will be able to earn the certificate in two years. Taking six credits a semester, participants will be able to earn the certificate in one year. Participants may enroll in the program for Fall or Spring semesters.
Program of Study
|Course Number||Course Title||Credits|
|Required Courses - 6 credits||6|
|Field Exper in Ed Ldrshp (Section-006, College Teaching Practicum)|
|Field Experience is the experiential component for the certificate program and is taken after the majority of the coursework is completed.|
|Electives - choose 6 credits||6|
|Issues and Trends in Higher Education|
|Organization and Administration of Higher Education|
|Post Secondary Distance Delivered Education|
|Student Development Theory|
* Other courses approved by committee
Dr. Carrie Myers, Chair, College Teaching Certificate
Dr. Tricia Seifert
Dr. Sweeney Windchief
Dr. Bryce Hughes
Application for Certificate in College Teaching
The minimum requirement for admission to the certificate program is a master’s degree or current enrollment in a master’s or doctoral degree program as well as knowledge of a self-identified discipline or area of specialization. In the personal statement candidates should describe their qualifications to teach the content of their discipline or area of specialization at the college level and their teaching goals.
Complete the online application through the Graduate School Online Application System
Applicants are to submit the following documentation during the application process:
- Official Transcripts – current students at MSU may submit copies of transcripts
- Three letters of reference – one of these must address the discipline/specialization qualifications of the
applicant to teach at the college level.
- NOTE: If applicant is a current graduate student at MSU then only one reference is required.
- Current Curriculum Vitae
- Personal statement – please address the following:
- Brief background
- Goal for completing the Certificate – What are the applicants teaching goals?
- Discipline/content knowledge – What qualifications does the applicant have to teach the content of the discipline or area of specialization at the college level?
- List of current teaching responsibilities or experiences
- Initial ideas on a possible course(s) the applicant would like to “teach” as part of the practicum experience. Also, include names of any mentors who might serve as a master teacher for the practicum experience.
- Has the applicant taken or are currently enrolled in any courses that might count towards the Certificate? If yes, list these and when taken.
Note: Additional information may be requested by the Admissions Committee upon receipt of application.
The following are the preferred application deadline dates by which all of the application materials must be submitted via the online application system.
Fall Semester: April 1st
Spring Semester: November 1st
Summer Semester: April 1st
The following is the absolute deadline date for the fall semester. If an applicant is unable to submit all application materials via the online application system by the preferred dates listed above, he or she can submit the materials by the date listed below, as there will be a second review for the fall semester.
Fall Semester: August 15th
Graduate Program Assistant
PO Box 172880
Montana State University
Reid Hall 215, Bozeman, MT 59717-2880