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Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

This graduate certificate program offers a unique opportunity for students interested in teaching in higher education to gain knowledge about teaching and learning, both generally and within their discipline. Prospective teachers venturing into today's higher education environment would benefit from an understanding of teaching and learning theory, research, and effective practice. Successful instructors require many tools to teach, as well as the wisdom to know when and how to apply those tools. This wisdom comes from a critical, reflective understanding of the research and theory behind teaching and learning. The 15-credit certificate program is multi-disciplinary, drawing upon current coursework in Communication, the School of Education, and other disciplines that have teaching and learning courses in place.

Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to admission, must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average, and must declare their intent to pursue the certificate before completion of six credits in the certificate sequence. Applicants with a graduate degree must have a minimum 3.00 graduate grade point average. Applicants not already admitted to the Graduate School must complete the UW System online admission application. Select “Graduate courses for personal/professional enrichment” as your reason for applying.

Required Courses
Core Courses: 6 credits from the following
Ad Ldsp 757 Principles and Foundations of Adult Education, 3 cr (offered every semester)
Ad Ldsp 687 Instructional Design and Teaching Strategies, 3 cr (offered every summer)
Ad Ldsp 900 Role of the Professoriate, 3 cr
CurrIns 774 College Teaching 3 cr (offered every year)
Grad 803 Teaching & Learning in College: Reflections on Theory and Practice, 1 cr (offered every spring)
Practicum: (3 credits)
Teaching and Learning Practicum (COMMUN 998 or AD LDSP 750, every semester). These credits should not be taken before completion of at least 9 credits of coursework.
Elective Courses (6 credits)
Teaching and Learning (General)
Ad Ldsp 587 Serving Multicultural and Special Needs Learners, 3 cr (offered every year)
Ad Ldsp 707 Using Technology with Adult Learners, 3 cr (offered every spring)
Ad Ldsp 737 Distance Education for Adults, 3 cr (offered every fall)
Ad Ldsp 827 Seminar in Adult and Organizational Learning, 3 cr (offered every fall)
Commun 727 Seminar in Communication and E-Learning, 3 cr (offered every other year)
Commun 827 Seminar in Instructional Communication, 3 cr (offered every other year)
Commun 837 Instructional Communication in the College Classroom, 3 cr (every other spring)
Ed Psy 631 Cognition: Learning, Problem Solving and Thinking. 3 cr
Any core course not taken as a required core course
Teaching and Learning (Discipline Specific)
Students can count discipline-specific teaching and learning courses from their own department as electives or as one of their core courses (3 credits) with the permission of the Certificate Coordinator. Examples of such courses include:

English 701 The Teaching of College Composition, 4 cr (offered every fall)
English 706 Seminar in Professional Writing Theory and Pedagogy, 3 cr (offered every other year)
MAFLL 700 Language Teaching Methods, 3 cr (offered every fall)
Nurs 705 Instructional Strategies for Patient Education, 3 cr ( offered every other spring)
Hist 716 Pedagogical and Professional Issues in History, 3 cr (offered every other year)
BMS 909/HCA 909 Guided Teaching Experience in Health Sciences, 3 cr (offered every year)
OccThpy 900 Teaching, Learning & Educational Leadership in the Health Sciences, 3 cr (offered every year)
Physics 610 The Art and Science of Teaching Physics, 1 cr
Nurs 752 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education, 3 cr
Nurs 751 Teaching in Practice Disciplines, 3 cr
Nurs 731 Practicum and Seminar in Health Professional Education, 3 cr

Up to 6 certificate credits may also count toward the requirements of a UWM graduate degree, subject to approval of the degree program.

The certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the certificate program requirements (i.e., once all grades for the certificate courses taken at UWM are officially recorded and show a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or more). Certificate completion will be posted on a student's official transcript.

Successful completion of this certificate is NOT a teaching license or credential for K-12 instruction.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 3 credits may be transferred to count toward the certificate program's 15-credit requirements. Courses will be considered for transfer into the certificate program only if the applicant can provide ample, acceptable evidence that the course taken is substantially the same as one of the five courses that constitute the certificate, and was completed within the last five years with a grade of B or better. The Certificate Committee will make such determinations, and its decision is final.

Time Limit

Students pursuing a Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Certificate without concurrent enrollment in a degree program will have three years from initial enrollment in a certificate course to complete the certificate requirements. Students pursuing same certificate as part of a degree will have the same time limit to complete the certificate requirements as they have for completing the degree program.

For more information or to apply for the certificate program, contact the program coordinator.


Page last updated on: 06/13/2014