Higher Education Teaching (Certificate)

The mission 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.

Learn more about the Higher Education Teaching certificate program.

  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.utrgv.edu/gradapply. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to gradapps@utrgv.edu or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor's  degree  from  a  regionally  accredited  institution  in  the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. If applicant does not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA criterion of 3.0, GRE general test with minimum scores of 150 Verbal, 141 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical are required for conditional admission. GRE test scores are valid for 5 years.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).

    Students whose native  language is not English  or  who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas.

  • Coursework Requirements

    Higher Education Teaching Certificate Program Coursework Requirements
    Required Courses 12
    EDCI 7340: Teaching and Learning in Online, Blended and Virtual Environments 3
    EDCI 7341: 21st Century Models of Teaching for Higher Education 3
    EDCI 7324: Engaging Diverse Learners 3
    EDCI 7343: Applying Learning Theory to Student Success 3
    Total hours required for certificate: 12
  • Program Coordinator

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Bobbette Morgan

    Phone: (956) 882-7965

    Office: Brownsville Campus, BMAIN 1302

    E-Mail: bobbette.morgan@utrgv.edu