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College Teaching, AGC

If you teach or plan to teach within post-secondary education, our advanced graduate certificate program in college teaching will enhance your skills and employablility. This program prepares you—with your pre-existing content discipline expertise—to use the elements of effective college teaching, assessment, technology integration and 21st century learning tools. Upon successful completion of the program, you will join the next generation of college faculty who will thrive in a complex and rapidly-changing educational environment.

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Program Overview

Certificate granted Advanced Graduate Certificate
Credits required for completion 12
Time to completion 4 to 5 semesters part-time
Program delivery Online and On campus
Careers Educators at colleges and universities
Application deadline Rolling

Why College Teaching?

In our program, you will:

  • Learn to engage students and increase their level of achievement
  • Learn to design experiential learning in the classroom
  • Learn to use technologies effectively
  • Learn varied approaches to evaluation

As a graduate of our college teaching program, you will:

  • Receive a printed NY State-approved certificate in college teaching, with that designation on your transcript
  • Have a competitive advantage in your post-secondary teaching career
  • Describe and apply active learning theories pertaining to college students
  • Develop and implement an inquiry into teaching and learning in an area of college teaching
  • Acquire competence in developing and applying various assessments that measure student learning and teaching practice, and interpreting the results
  • Demonstrate progress and achievement in developing knowledge and understanding about teaching and learning using technologies through an instructional sequence in an area of college teaching
  • Design, develop and evaluate authentic learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources—in course delivery and in students’ use of digital tools and resources

Application Requirements

To apply, you must submit:

  • An online application.
  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.) 3.0 general undergraduate cumulative GPA is expected.
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    1. one letter addressing your academic abilities and experiences
    2. one letter addressing your teaching and/or professional experiences
  • Career goals statement: a clearly-written personal statement that speaks to your career goals, explaining your commitment to college teaching, and addressing an educational or social issue in college teaching of personal interest.

International applicants must also submit:

  • Official original proof of degree.
  • A copy of your passport biographical page.
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • The required minimum TOEFL score is 250 for a computer-based test; 600 for a paper-based test; and 96 for an Internet-based test (Reading: 22, Listening: 22, Speaking: 24, Writing: 24).
    • The required minimum IELTS score is 7.0 overall with no individual sub-score below 7.0.
    • The required minimum PTE score is 55 overall with no individual sub-score below 50. (The minimum PTE score required for acceptance to programs in the Department of Learning and Instruction is subject to faculty review.)
  • Financial documentation proving your ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S. (e.g., official bank statement translated into U.S. dollars).

All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.

Program Requirements

A grade of B or higher is required for all coursework in this program.

Required Courses (12 credit hours)

  • LAI 547 Measurement and Evaluation of Student Performance
    This course is designed to provide an overview of basic principles of measurement and evaluation for college teaching. Course participants will learn how to assess students’ learning outcomes from formative and summative purposes. Moreover, students will acquire competence in planning and development of classroom assessments. This course will help student develop the understandings and skills needed to validly, reliably, and accurately assess student learning in college level. Students will have the opportunities to develop, analyze, and critique a measurement instrument. Please note: STEM or STEM education majors are allowed to take LAI 534 Measurement and Evaluation of STEM Education instead of LAI 547 Measurement and Evaluation of Student Performance. 

  • LAI 640 Designing Course Content Using Digital Resources
    This course examines strategies for developing effective digital course content. A systematic approach to the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of instruction for online/hybrid learners is emphasized. Students will be introduced to instructional design strategies and research findings pertaining to online/hybrid teaching and learning, and will apply this information through the development of online instructional materials. Special attention is given to courseware development using web tools and learning management systems.
  • LAI 699 Seminar in Teaching College Students
    This course focuses on how college students learn best and what the best college teachers do to support learning across the curriculum. Essential issues include engagement and motivation, learning goals and strategies, creating learner-centered environments, understanding learning processes, designing active learning tasks, integrating learning activities and authentic assessments. This course is grounded in the most recent theories and research. It includes video analysis, case studies and critique of sample teaching sessions.
  • LAI 705 Guided Experiential Learning
    The Guided Experiential Learning course can be taken at any point within the program and includes the development of an ePortfolio.

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The advanced graduate certificate program in college teaching is just one of many programs in the Department of Learning and Instruction within the University at Buffalo's Graduate School of Education.

University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.

Learn More

The advanced graduate certificate program in college teaching is just one of many programs in the Department of Learning and Instruction within the University at Buffalo's Graduate School of Education.

University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.