Division of Continuing and Extended Education

Higher Education Teaching Academy (HETA)



HETA Certificate
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The Higher Education Teaching Academy (HETA) Certificate at Cleveland State University is designed to help junior faculty, teaching assistants, and practitioners new to teaching refine their pedagogical strategies and increase their instructional effectiveness. Our motto is” Discover yourself through the passion for teaching.”
--Dr. Marius Boboc

HETA Certificate

The HETA certificate in Higher Education Teaching focuses on further educating college and university faculty and those seeking higher education teaching positions, whether full-time or part-time, as adjuncts or noncredit instructors. Faculty experts will guide you through approaches to pedagogy, student learning, adult learning, and innovative teaching and assessment methods. The program comprises four core modules (blended format) and two elective modules. Each core module takes one week and consists of 10 contact hours of instruction that includes a faculty-led 60-minute group discussion of the material following each module. To receive a CSU certificate in higher education teaching, participants must complete work for all core modules, attend the four discussion sessions, complete two elective modules, and submit a learning portfolio.

Learning Portfolio

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

The learning portfolio is required for the HETA certificate along with the four core modules, the four core module discussions, and the two elective modules.

HETA Certificate Cost: $949

Important Dates: January 2023 Cohort

Core Module Dates Information Zoom Discussion Session
Module 1 Begins January 2nd Adult Learning and Development Theory
Blackboard is open until March 31
January 9th, 6-7 pm
Module 2 Begins on January 9th Foundations, Planning, and Pedagogy
Blackboard is open through March 31
January 17th, 6-7 pm
Module 3 Begins on January 11th Selecting Instruction Strategies
Blackboard is open through March 31
January 23rd, 6-7 pm
Module 4 Begins on January 23rd Designing Assessment Strategies
Blackboard is open through March 31
January 30th, 6-7 pm
Elective One Opens January 30th (submit choice by January 23rd) n/a
Elective Two Opens February 6th (submit choice by January 23rd) n/a
Extension Electives Opens February 13th n/a
Elective Options All electives are now open n/a
Learning Portfolio Due No Later than March 31, 2023 Final date to submit is March 31, 2023

HETA Certificate completion requirements:
Completion of the four core modules and the four core module discussion sessions
Completion of two elective modules of choice 
Completion of the learning portfolio

HETA Certificate Faculty

Marius Boboc, Ed.D., Vice-Provost for Academic Planning, Cleveland State University Profile
Joanne Goodell, Ph.D., Director, Center for Faculty Excellence, College of Education and Human Services Profile
Wendy M. Green, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning (CASAL) Profile
Catherine Hansman, Ed.D., Director, Master of Education in Health Professions Education, Dept. of Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning (CASAL) Profile
Rachel Wlodarsky, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Graduate Programs in Adult Learning and Development (ALD), Dept. of Counseling, Administration, Supervision and Adult Learning (CASAL)
Selma Koc, Ph.D., Professor, Educational Technology Program Coordinator, Curriculum and Foundations (C&F) Profile
Jejuana Brown, M.A., Director of Equity & Inclusion Programs at Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP), Founding faculty, DEI Certificate, the Diversity Institute, Cleveland State University Profile

HETA Certificate Core Modules

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

HETA Certificate Electives

Conflict Resolution for the Higher Education Classroom
Diversity and Inclusion for the Higher Education Classroom
Online Teaching for Higher Education
Professional Development for a Career in Higher Education

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 experts interested in adjunct teaching
  • Professionals teaching in non-credit 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 their professional development benefit waiver to cover full HETA Certificate tuition.

Graduate students currently enrolled at Cleveland State and part-time faculty may attend the HETA Certificate for a flat rate of $425. 

Secondary school teachers qualify for a 25% discount on HETA Certificate tuition.

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

Submit requests for more information to wkfcedev@csuohio.edu

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

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

Contact information:
Division of Continuing and Extended Education
Cleveland State University

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