College Teaching (Graduate Certificate)

College Teaching (Graduate Certificate)


Why pursue a graduate certificate in college teaching?

Our college teaching certificate program is designed to help you build on a range of skills relevant to teaching in higher education today. Open to UNH faculty and post-docs, as well as graduate students from other institutions, the program centers around a curriculum of four core courses. You’ll study current issues in college teaching; teaching with writing; the application of theories and research in cognitive science toward teaching and learning; and methods in classroom research and assessment. Additional elective course will allow you to focus on a specialization or independent study.

Why pursue a teaching certificate at UNH?

Our college teaching graduate certificate is offered through the UNH Graduate School in conjunction with the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning. The curriculum offers a rich blend of teaching and learning theory, a comprehensive overview of the current best teaching practices in higher education, and practical strategies for applying what is learned. All courses are offered online.

Potential careers

  • Administrator
  • Advisor
  • Curriculum specialist
  • Instructional designer
  • Professor

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Curriculum & Requirements

The Certificate in College Teaching offers, through a series of core and elective courses, a set of skills and understandings specific to effective teaching in a learner-centered environment. Courses focus on: theories and research in the area of cognitive science that are relevant to understanding and promoting student learning in educational contexts; how to design courses to enhance that learning; how to interact effectively with students; and how to assess teaching and learning. This program is designed to help faculty and post-docs learn and sharpen these skills, and to broaden their knowledge-base in the scholarship of college teaching.

All courses in the program are grounded in the latest research and scholarship in the field of college teaching. The curriculum offers a rich blend of teaching and learning theory, a comprehensive overview of the current best teaching practices in higher education, and practical strategies for applying what is learned.

This program requires the satisfactory completion of 12 academic credits. The certificate is available to faculty members, post-docs, and graduate students enrolled at institutions other than UNH. Requirements include 8 credits in core courses and 4 credits in elective courses.

Core Courses
GRAD 950Issues in College Teaching2
GRAD 951Teaching with Writing2
GRAD 961Cognition, Teaching, and Learning2
GRAD 965Classroom Research and Assessment Methods2
Select a minimum of four credits of the following:4
GRAD 970
Special Topics in College Teaching
GRAD #995
Independent Study
Total Credits12


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: N/A
  • Spring: N/A
  • Summer: June 1
  • Special: N/A

Application fee: $25

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: No

Accelerated Masters Eligible: No

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence Form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Transcripts are required for any school you earned a degree from, attended for at least one year, or attended for 2 or more semesters. Exceptions to this rule may be approved at the discretion of the program you are applying to and the UNH Graduate School Admission’s office.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Personal Statement/Essay Questions

Prepare a brief but careful statement regarding:

  1. Reasons you wish to do graduate work in this field, including your immediate and long-range objectives.
  2. Your specific research or professional interest and experiences in this field.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

Some academic departments recommend that international applicants, living outside of the United States, and planning on pursuing a research based degree, submit a preapplication form before submitting a full application. If your desired program is not on the form, departments prefer a full application be submitted. Preapplication requests will be carefully reviewed and a decision usually provided within 3 weeks. If your preapplication is approved then it is recommended you then submit a full application. If you are currently living in the United States (on a H1B visa, etc.), or you plan on pursuing a professional master’s degree, then you do not need to submit a preapplication.

Prospective international students are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.