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Department of Adult, Career and Higher Education

Certificate in College Teaching

Purpose of this Certificate Program: USF’s 12-semester credit hour Certificate in College Teaching is designed to help prospective college instructors acquire the skills and knowledge important for successful college teaching. Completion of this certificate can also assist current faculty improve their teaching skills.

Target Audience: Anyone who has completed a Master’s degree in a content area and wishes to teach in a community college or a four-year institution may enroll in this certificate program. A student currently completing a Master's degree in a content area is also eligible to enroll.   In addition, anyone who has a Bachelor’s degree AND is already teaching at a community college or four-year institution may also enroll.

Individuals interested in teaching in higher education should know that to be eligible to teach at a community college they must first earn a Master's degree in an academic discipline AND have completed a minimum of 18 graduate course hours in each discipline that they hope to teach.  This graduate Certificate in College Teaching is not a substitute for the above noted educational requirements.

Articulation with Doctoral Programs in Higher Education: University rules allow students to transfer up to 12 semester credit hours of appropriate coursework to the PhD or EdD programs in higher education if the hours are taken before admission to a doctoral program. If a student has an earned Master’s degree and is interested in applying for admission to a doctoral program in higher education, he or she is strongly encouraged to contact one of the Higher Education faculty prior to course registration for information on admission and program requirements.

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   Required Courses (3):

EDH 6081 The Community College in American Higher Education



EDH 6051  Higher Education in America



EDH 6938 Seminar in College Teaching

EDH 7225  Curriculum Development in Higher Education


    Elective Courses (1)  Choose one of the following elective courses:

ADE 6385 The Adult Learner

ADE 6360 Methods of Teaching Adult Education

EDF 6883 Issues in Multicultural Education (Social Foundations    Department)

EME 6936 ACET: Enhacing Instruction

EME 6936 ACET: Distance Learning

EME 6936 ACET: Internet in Education

Total Credits for Certificate: 12


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Course Location:

This graduate certificate program is offered on the Tampa campus.

Application Process:

Please visit to download an application.  In addition to the applications forms please submit:

  • Official transcripts
  • A resume
  • A 250-word letter of interest stating your objectives for pursuing this course of study

The designated full-time faculty member in the Higher Education program of the Department of Adult, Career and Higher Education, must approve all applications for enrollment in the certificate.


Tuition and Fees:

Fee parallel that of standard graduate-level courses.  Please visit

Financial Aid:

Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.  Please contact the Financial Aid Office at (813-974-4700) for exceptions and names of private lenders.

Time Limit:

Course work must be completed in three (3) years.

Contact Information:

For additional information relating to the Certificate in College Teaching please contact:

Lisa Adkins at

For Certificate Program application information please contact:
Graduate Certificates,, SVC 1072, (813) 974-2442.

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