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College of Education, Health and Human Services
School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration

300 White Hall
Tel: 330-672-2012


The College Teaching certificate enhances teaching competencies at the post-secondary level. It is particularly appropriate for graduate students from any discipline interested in a career in college teaching, but also for adjunct and full-time faculty who are currently engaged in a career in academia.

Student may select from a variety of courses that emphasize the knowledge and practice of college teaching and the organizational culture of postsecondary education institutions. The 15 credit hour certificate includes an internship in college teaching and offers students flexibility with courses available online, face-to-face, and hybrid, and may be completed wholly online if desired.

Additionally, students in the certificate program are encouraged to take effective teaching courses offered within their discipline specialty as part of the certificate requirements. This certificate program is grounded in the latest educational research of best practices in college teaching, and is designed to offer and/or enhance teaching and learning experiences.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have a Bachelor's degree; master's degree preferred and an undergraduate GPA of 3.000 or greater (any post-baccalaureate work will be taken into consideration when interpreting GPA). Applicant must meet the Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel program application criteria: official transcript(s), personal goal statement, two letters of recommendation and resume or vita.

Currently enrolled Kent State University graduate students should email the Office of Graduate Studies,, so that the office can view any materials on file (personal statement, transcripts, resume or vita and letters of recommendation).

Course Title Credits
HIED 66594 Internship in College Teaching 1 3
HIED 66660 Faculty Roles and Responsibilities 3
Choose from the following electives: 9-12 2
HIED 66600 The History of Higher Education (3)  
HIED 66652 Law and Higher Education (3)  
HIED 66653 College Student Development: Theory and Practice (3)  
HIED 66656 Higher Education Curriculum (3)  
HIED 66671 The Administration of Multiculturalism and Diversity in Higher Education (3)  
HIED 66749 Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education (3)  
Private Liberal Arts College (3)     or
The Community College (3)
Other approved elective (3)  
  1. Course may be waived
  2. Variable due to possible waiver of internship