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College Teaching Graduate Certificate

Do you want to improve your teaching abilities and increase student retention in higher education? Is your goal to become a faculty member at your institution? Strengthen your skills and add to your credentials at the University of Central Missouri. We offer a College Teaching graduate certificate that provides flexible training options to help you meet your career goals.

Gain skills and credentials on your terms at UCM

Broaden your perspective of higher education from the top down and develop strategies for leading the classroom with UCM’s College Teaching graduate certificate. 

At UCM, we’ll help you understand why administrators make certain decisions and expand your knowledge of curriculum development and assessment. You’ll learn it all in classes entirely online — at your own pace — for your convenience. You can take as many courses as your schedule allows to complete this graduate certificate in as few as two semesters. Our goal is to make it easy for you to become a better teacher.

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Earn the certificate on your timeline

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Small classes — around 15 students

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100% graduate online program

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Academic and professional support

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Hands-on learning you can use today

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Lessons in teaching and administration

What you will study

Gain insight into the dynamic inner workings of colleges and universities and learn new teaching strategies — no matter your discipline — at the University of Central Missouri. You’ll get this wide range of knowledge from focused courses such as:

  • Preparation for the Professoriate: Understand the governing structures, financial decisions and legal issues of higher education institutions.
  • Teaching Methods in Post-Secondary Education: Examine the principles of teaching in a post-secondary classroom — and techniques for doing so — specific to adult learners.

Earn this credential as part of a full UCM graduate degree program

You may use electives for your master’s degree in Career and Technology Education or your Educational Specialist degree in Professional Leadership to complete this certificate.


Excellence in Teaching

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Unique learning opportunities in college teaching

Get a real-world view of college teaching from the University of Central Missouri when you take advantage of the opportunity to:

  • Apply your learning: Put theory to practice and gain hands-on experience in your coursework. You’ll develop plans and practices you can use tomorrow in your adult education classroom.
  • Conduct a faculty interview: You’ll speak with a faculty member of your choice to connect the various aspects of the job — service, teaching and research — to your classroom learning.
  • Define your teaching philosophy: As you complete each course, your understanding of the vast role of faculty may change. Your thoughts on — and plans for — teaching in higher education may also likely change or evolve. As such, you’ll create a teaching philosophy statement to guide you forward.
  • Expand your professional network: Make connections with other post-secondary instructors, faculty and staff who can benefit your career when you join industry associations such as the Missouri Community College Association (MCCA) or the Missouri Association for Career and Technical Education (MoACTE).


What can you do with a graduate certificate in College Teaching from UCM?

Upon completion of the College Teaching graduate certificate, you’ll better understand not only how to teach adult students, develop their curricula and assess their performance but also the multifaceted responsibilities of faculty outside the classroom. With your expanded knowledge and skills, you’ll be more prepared to:

  • Teach higher education courses
  • Get hired as a faculty member
  • Continue your education 

Like other UCM students, you may pursue UCM’s Career and Technology Education MS or Professional Leadership, EdS: Adult, Career and Technical Education option to take your career to new heights.

Planning your next steps with a College Teaching graduate certificate

As you consider your career path in higher education, take advantage of the support of UCM’s Career and Technical Education faculty. They’ll work with you to customize a plan and curriculum to meet your professional goals. To understand the opportunities that await you as a college professor or adjunct instructor or faculty member, use the interactive tool below.




Financial assistance options for your College Teaching graduate certificate

Enhance your value to colleges, universities and other professional school programs when you complete a College Learning graduate certificate at the University of Central Missouri. To help you get the training you need to reach your career goals, we offer some of the most affordable tuition rates in the nation and have been recognized by LendEDU for low student debt. You may also choose to use the resources we provide to degree-seeking students to finance your education — loans, grants, employment opportunities and scholarships.

What scholarships are available to me?

Are you completing a graduate degree, such as an MS or EdS, at UCM? If so, you may qualify for program-specific scholarships. Discover opportunities by using the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Take your degree further.

Electives from the College Teaching graduate certificate can count toward UCM’s master’s or education specialist degree:

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Make yourself more marketable.

Complete as many UCM graduate certificates as you need to advance your higher education career. In addition to the College Teaching certificate, you can choose from:

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Explore programs related to college teaching.

You may also be interested in one of these UCM graduate certificates that teach you specialized skills in working with college students:

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, you will have a base of knowledge in the theories and practices of post-secondary learning and an understanding of the dynamic administrative environment of higher education.

  • Develop a working knowledge of higher education, history, legal issues, administration, governance, and finance.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of faculty.
  • Understand the adult learner in post-secondary environments.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate higher education curriculum and assessments.
  • Analyze the principles and techniques of presenting content-specific information to facilitate student learning.

Admission requirements

Admission to Graduate Studies

To submit your application, go to our online graduate admissions application form. You must pay a $30 non-refundable application fee and arrange for official transcripts from all colleges or universities you have attended to be sent to UCM Graduate Studies. You may also print a hard copy of the Graduate Application and mail it to:

UCM Graduate Studies
P.O. Box 800
Ward Edwards 1800
Warrensburg, MO 64093

Requirements for admission to graduate study include:

  1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (2.70 GPA is required)
  2. Application on file prior to registration
  3. Official transcripts of previous college work

After admission to the Graduate School, your application is then forwarded to the CSPA program. Additional documents required by the program include:

  1. Two current letters of recommendation
  2. Current resume
  3. Autobiographical statement of purpose in pursuing graduate work

These items must be sent electronically to


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