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.
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)
|Proseminar in Teaching the Reading of Literature
|Proseminar in Composition Instruction
|Select two courses from the following:
|Topics in Pedagogy
|Northern Virginia Writing Project Inservice Program 1
|Visiting Writers 2
|Applied Linguistics: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Offered only to full-time teachers through school district contracts.
Topic must be NVWP Summer Institute; open to full-time teachers on an invitation basis.
|Select content-area coursework that supports their goals in developing pedagogical expertise. 1
Electives should be selected in consultation with an advisor.
Concentration in Higher Education Pedagogy (HEDP)
|Choose 9 credits from the following courses:
|Higher Education in the Digital Age
|The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
|Assessment and Program Evaluation in Higher Education
|Choose 6 credits from the following courses:
|The Community College
|Cultural Pluralism in Higher Education
|Research Methods in Higher Education
|Introduction to Helping Skills
|The Contemporary College Student
|Student Development Theory
|Students in Postsecondary Education
|History of Higher Education
Other HE courses, when relevant, with approval of director or advisor