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Program Overview

As a unique professional development program, the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education is designed for anyone who works in an educational capacity with adults. This completely online series of courses will deepen your understanding of learning in adulthood and prepare you to teach in a range of settings, such as postsecondary institutions, organizations, and corporate trainings. Our students have ranged from health services professionals, those working in the non-profit sector, to higher education administrators.

The certificate, consisting of one required and two elective courses, can be completed as a stand-alone credential or as part of a masters degree program.

Program Highlights 

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Program Outcomes

By completing the Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education, you will:

  • Become a more reflective and effective teacher in postsecondary education 
  • Deepen your understanding of the values, beliefs and contexts that inform different approaches to adult learning and development 
  • Increase your knowledge of teaching and learning strategies that are most appropriate in various contexts 
  • Help articulate the values, beliefs, experiences and ideas that shape your approach to teaching and learning 
  • Improve your skills in systematic planning, designing and developing of educational and training programs for postsecondary education contexts

Career Outlook

Our certificate alumni tell us that they feel more prepared and effective as educators of adult learners in whatever context they work. Many have also gone on to administrative positions in faculty development, student affairs, and industry.



  • EAD 861Adult Learning3 Credits


  • EAD 860Concept of a Learning Society3 Credits
  • EAD 863Training and Professional Development3 Credits
  • EAD 866Teaching in Postsecondary Education3 Credits
  • EAD 871 Collegiate Contexts for Teaching and Learning3 Credits
  • EAD 877Program Planning and Evaluation in Postsecondary Contexts3 Credits
  • EAD 878Education in the Digital Age3 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and a grade-point average of at least 3.0 in the final two years of undergraduate study. If your GPA average was below 3.0 for the same time period, you may be considered for admission on a provisional basis.
  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Previous work experience


  4. A written personal statement

    A personal statement/statement of purpose that describes your professional and educational experience in relation to your desire to pursue a Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Postsecondary Education and how the program relates to your career interests/plans. This statement is used to determine if the applicant's goals are consistent with those of the program and to assess the clarity and coherence of the applicant's writing. Statements should not exceed 500 words in length.

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete the university graduate certificate application (Program Code: 6750)
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Key Dates

Fall 2020

Application Deadline

August 1, 2020

Spring 2021

Application Deadline

December 1, 2020

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $7,776
  • Total


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