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Certificate in University Teaching


The Certificate in University Teaching is a fifteen credit hour program for graduate students. It includes

  • mentored teaching experience
  • syllabus development
  • instructional design for a diverse set of students
  • implementation of instructional theory and techniques
  • development of a teaching portfolio

It helps to prepare graduate students for teaching at the college or university level. In this program, students learn to design and teach courses in their discipline while implementing effective instructional techniques, assessment, and self-reflection.

To Apply

You must be enrolled in a graduate program and in good standing (meeting the minimum GPA for your graduate program). You may apply to enter the program at any time. To be considered for the Certificate, complete the following:

  • Online application
  • A CV or resume
  • An email from your advisor approving you to pursue the Certificate


Your plan of study for this Certificate includes the following:

  1. Pedagogy course
  2. Diversity course
  3. Instructional excellence course
  4. Teaching practicum course (student must arrange for a course to teach)
  5. Teaching capstone course

However, the curriculum for the Certificate is flexible. You can choose from a large selection of courses. Potentially, a maximum of 6 credit hours from your Master’s or PhD coursework can be counted towards this Certificate.

See this document for details about the Certificate's requirements. If you are interested in pursuing the Certificate in University Teaching, someone from the Teaching & Learning Commons will meet with you to explain the requirements and help you develop your plan of study.


Contact WVU's Teaching & Learning Commons at 304-293-5824 or