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Degrees Offered

Graduate Certificate

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Officially approved as:

Stand Alone: Yes

Total Credit Hours: 12

Certificate description: The purpose of the online graduate certificate in College Teaching is to enhance the teaching skills and career preparation of graduate students interested in obtaining academic positions in 2- and 4-year settings. This certificate will:

  1. Increase knowledge about teaching pedagogy to increase learning of college-level students;
  2. Increase knowledge about higher education institutions and students; and
  3. Encourage reflection into teaching philosophy and pedagogy to improve teaching effectiveness.

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Admission Criteria

Application Deadlines

  • Summer semester: Rolling
  • Fall semester: Rolling
  • Spring semester: Rolling

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Graduate Certificate Program

  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume or CV



On Campus

Approximately 75 percent of faculty positions in the United States are at institutions where the importance of teaching and professional service is equal to or greater than the emphasis on research. The Minor in College Teaching, available to all MU graduate degree-seeking students, demonstrates your preparation as an effective teacher to potential employers.

The Minor in College Teaching (MICT) requires 9 credit hours. This includes a 3-hour core course, a teaching practicum, plus 3-6 elective hours. Core course options, practicum guidelines and elective course options are listed on the MICT requirements page.

What the minor can do for you

  • Gain meaningful experience through a mentored teaching practicum
  • Increase your knowledge about learning and pedagogy
  • Engage in careful reflection about your own teaching philosophy and strategies
  • Extend your understanding of current issues in higher education