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College Teaching Graduate Certificate

About the Certificate

The CSPA program offers several graduate certificates designed to enhance the knowledge and effectiveness of those employed in student affairs positions in higher education.

Whether you already teach in a higher education environment, are seeking a professional growth opportunity to increase student retention through improved teaching, or are working toward becoming a faculty member, this graduate certificate will prepare you to teach adult students in various settings.

Through these courses, you will develop knowledge in the theories and practices of post-secondary learning and an understanding of the dynamic administrative environment of higher education

Many of these hours are common to all CSPA Graduate certificates while others are unique to each. The unique courses for this certificate include:

  • CSPA 5890 - Preparation for the Professoriate
  • CSPA 5910 - College Curriculum & Assessment
  • CSPA 5920 - Teaching Methods in Post-Secondary Education

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.

CSPA Graduate Assistantships

Get Ready for a Great Experience!

Working with committed staff, you will find that diversity and creativity are not only welcomed, but encouraged. The close working relationships between and among students, student services faculty, professional staff, and administrators promote an environment in which students are mentored, challenged, and offered a broad spectrum of experiences to create themselves as the outstanding professionals they seek to become.

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


Standards and Practices

Program Coordinator

Michelle Conrad
Associate Professor
Lovinger 4200 B
Tel: (660) 543-4432


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