Division of Continuing and Extended Education

Certificate in Higher Education Teaching

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Transforming Passion into Pedagogy

Register before May 1st and save $100!
Registration closes on May 13th
Tuition remission for qualifying CSU staff and faculty.

The Certificate in Higher Education Teaching at Cleveland State University is designed to help junior faculty, adjunct faculty, teaching assistants, and practitioners new to teaching refine their pedagogical strategies and increase their instructional effectiveness.

Our motto is to discover yourself through the passion for teaching.
                                                                --Dr. Marius Boboc

A collaboration with the Center for Faculty Excellence at Cleveland State University

Certificate in Higher Education Teaching

Earn your Cleveland State University Certificate in Higher Education Teaching to enhance your skills for full-time and part-time teaching roles in colleges and universities. Led by experienced faculty, this program covers pedagogy, student learning, innovative teaching, assessment methods, Diversity and Inclusion, and online teaching. With six learning units, six faculty-led discussions, and a comprehensive learning portfolio, you'll gain valuable insights in just 10 contact hours per unit. Secure your certificate by completing all components of the program. Elevate your teaching career with CSU's focused and practical Higher Education Teaching Certificate.

Learning Portfolio

Your learning portfolio is a summative reflection of your work in a single format showcasing your learning throughout the six core modules comprising the Certificate in Higher Education Teaching.

The learning portfolio is required to receive the certificate. 

Learning Outcomes

Enhanced pedagogical knowledge
Improved student engagement
Effective course design
Improved student feedback and assessments
Inclusive teaching practices and classroom management
Application of evidence-based teaching strategies
Integration of technology
Understanding of ethical and professional responsibilities
Reflection and continuous improvement

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Certificate in Higher Education Teaching Tuition: $1,349
Save $100 before May 1st! Early-bird discount: $1,249

Important Dates. 

Learning Unit Dates Information Zoom Discussion Session: 6:00 PM Start
Unit 1
May 18-May 31
Adult Learning and Development Theory May 29
Unit 2
June 1-June 14
Foundations, Planning, and Pedagogy June 12
Unit 3
June 15-June 28
Selecting Instruction Strategies June 26
Unit 4
June 29-July 12
Designing Assessment Strategies July 10
Unit 5
July 13-July 26
Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom July 24
Unit 6
July 27-August 9
Online Teaching August 7
Learning Portfolio Due August 30

Certificate completion requirements:
Completion of the six learning units
Attendance at six faculty-led discussion sessions
Completion of the learning portfolio


Faculty Member Profile
Marius Boboc, Ed.D., Chair, Department of Teacher Education, Levin College of Public Affairs and Education LINK
Jejuana Brown, M.A., Founding faculty, DEI Certificate, the Diversity Institute and Adjunct Faculty, Levin College of Public Affairs and Education  
Joanne Goodell, Ph.D., Director, Center for Faculty Excellence, Cleveland State University LINK
Wendy M. Green, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning (CASAL), Levin College of Public Affairs and Education LINK
Catherine Hansman, Ed.D., Professor Emerita, Dept. of Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning (CASAL), Levin College of Public Affairs and Education LINK
Selma Koc, Ph.D., Professor, Educational Technology Program Coordinator, Curriculum and Foundations (C&F), Levin College of Public Affairs and Education LINK

Certificate Learning Units

I Adult Learning and Development Theory Dr. Catherine Hansman
II Foundations, Planning, and Pedagogy Dr. Joanne Goodell
III Selecting Instruction Strategies Dr. Wendy Green
IV Designing Assessment Strategies Dr. Marius Boboc
V Diversity and Inclusion for the Higher Education Classroom Jejuana Brown, M.A.
VI Online Teaching for Higher Education Dr. Selma Koc

Who Should Attend?

  • Early career faculty and researchers
  • Faculty who want to refresh their classroom practices
  • Current graduate students who may want to teach in higher education
  • Learning design professionals
  • New Ph.D. recipients who want a career in higher education
  • Career-transitioning adults looking for a new pathway
  • Professionals with subject matter expertise interested in adjunct teaching
  • Professionals teaching in non-credit and community adult education

Available Discounts

Alums of Cleveland State University always receive a 10% discount on all non-credit continuing education and professional development. 

CSU full-time Faculty and Staff may use tuition remission through the professional development benefit to cover full certificate costs. For more information or to download the professional development form, please visit the CSU faculty and staff page HERE.

Cleveland State University graduate students and part-time faculty may register for a flat rate of $600. 

Public school teachers qualify for a 25% discount on the cost of the certificate. Contact us for more information and CEU details. NOTE: The Certificate in Higher Education prepares you to teach in the higher education industry. This certificate does not support K-12 licensure requirements.

Note: Discounts may not be stacked. One discount per learner is allowed. If you qualify for a discount, email n.pratt@csuohio.edu before registration for further details and instructions.

Submit requests for more information to n.pratt@csuohio.edu. Learning unit content questions? Email j.goodell@csuohio.edu

NOTE: Non-credit certificate courses do not qualify for financial aid
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Admission Requirements

Prerequisites: Ideal candidates have a graduate degree, are working faculty, or are enrolled graduate students (at CSU or another university). Applicants with a Bachelor's degree and at least five years of work experience in areas of teaching interest also qualify.  

Contact information:
Division of Continuing and Extended Education
Cleveland State University
n.pratt@csuohio.edu or

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