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The certificate in college teaching is designed for graduate students who are planning a career in undergraduate education. The program offers courses that enhance pedagogical skills and explore pedagogical assessment or scholarship with the use of technology in instruction.

The graduate certificate in college teaching may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

This certificate program qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid. For more information about program graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our disclosure information page.


Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the graduate certificate in college teaching, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Banner Code: LA-CERG-CTCH

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 18

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Core Courses

Students may substitute courses with a disciplinary focus for any of the three required courses with prior written approval of the director.

HE 602College Teaching3
HE 603Higher Education in the Digital Age3
HE 704The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning3
or HE 605 Learning Assessment
Total Credits9


HE 685Practicum3
Total Credits3


Electives must be chosen in consultation with the HEP Director and are selected from any HE course.6
Total Credits6