Higher Education Teaching Certificate

The Higher Education Teaching Certificate from UTRGV is a fully online, 12-hour, accelerated graduate program designed for those who want to enhance their careers in education while learning the latest best practices that are critical in today’s educational environment. The certificate is also ideal for current Faculty who want to deepen their knowledge in curriculum development, and online learning.

*Completion of this program does not result in a public school teaching certificate.


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About the Program

The mission on the Graduate College in Higher Education Teaching is to equip faculty, adjunct, and teaching assistants in higher education and other learning organizations develop knowledge and skills associated with high-impact teaching while advancing their careers in the rapidly changing professional landscape of adult learning.

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The course presents an overview of the history and theories of distance instruction in higher education and hands-on experience designing and implementing best-practice pedagogy for online, blended and virtual environments.
Students will examine, synthesize and apply research-based models of higher education teaching. Research in teacher effectiveness and demonstration of models is required.
This course will examine inclusive, accessible and responsive pedagogy with an emphasis on culturally, linguistically, ethnically, generationally, and ability diverse learners. Theories, methods, pedagogical tools, and curriculum that support student success in higher education will also be emphasized.
This course focuses on cognitive development from adolescence throughout the lifespan and learning theories applied in the practice of teaching in higher education contexts. Practical, brain-based instruction strategies and research on motivation as it influences adult learners will be emphasized.

All of the courses from this graduate certificate program are fully transferable into the Master of Education in Educational Technology.
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UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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Please review all the admission requirements for the Higher Education Teaching Certificate degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 1-833-887-4842.

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