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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.

This certificate program qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.


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

Concentration in English Pedagogy

This concentration in the graduate certificate in college teaching requires 18 credits. Students must achieve a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course.

Concentration in Higher Education Pedagogy

This concentration in the graduate certificate in college teaching requires 18 credits.

Banner Code: LA-CERG-CTCH

Certificate Requirements 

Total credits: 18

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Students pursuing this graduate certificate must choose either a concentration in English pedagogy or a concentration in higher education pedagogy.

Concentration in English Pedagogy (EPGY)

Core Courses

ENGH 610Proseminar in Teaching the Reading of Literature3
ENGH 615Proseminar in Composition Instruction3
Pedagogy Courses
Select two courses from the following:6
Topics in Pedagogy
Northern Virginia Writing Project Inservice Program 1
Composition Theory
Visiting Writers 2
Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language
Total Credits12


Select content-area coursework that supports their goals in developing pedagogical expertise. 16
Total Credits6

Concentration in Higher Education Pedagogy (HEDP)

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 605Learning Assessment3
HE 703Higher Education in the Digital Age3
HE 704The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning3
HE 685Practicum3
Total Credits12


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