Humboldt State University

The Program

The Certificate in Faculty Preparation: Teaching in Higher Education program is designed to meet the needs of current faculty and aspiring faculty who are interested in enhancing careers and/or pursuing teaching in community colleges and universities.

Enhance your marketability by completing this certificate from HSU to demonstrate your pedagogical knowledge and readiness to work in the college environment. This online program offers an introduction to the roles and responsibilities of teaching in higher education and specifically addresses teaching, learning and technology issues in the college classroom.

This is a two-semester, 12-unit online certificate program.

Apply now for Fall 2017.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

"This has been one of the best professional growth opportunities I have experienced. The rigor of this program has challenged me and helped me improve my pedagogical practice. I feel much more prepared and credible standing in front of an adult audience of students having completed this program. My favorite part was being part of a professional learning community."

          – Shannon Hess, 2014 Certificate in Faculty Preparation program graduate

The Courses & Fees

Courses must be taken sequentially. The fees for the certificate program are $220 per unit. A 3-unit class will therefore cost $660. All fees are subject to revision. Fees are due and payable upon registration for each course. No registrations will be processed without valid payment information.

Click on each course title for its description.

EDUC X507   Aug. 22-Sept. 30, 2016 (6 weeks)
Foundations of Teaching in Higher Education (3 units)

Delve into the practice of university teaching based on educational philosophy and theory. Topics included in this course relate to successful teaching specific to higher education such as the context and culture of higher education, faculty roles and responsibilities, teaching styles, instructional models, and the use of technology based on a strong theoretical foundation linking educational theory to practice.

Instructor: Kathy Munoz, Ed.D, R.D.


EDUC X508   Oct. 10-Dec. 9, 2016 (8 weeks)
Student Centered Design (3 units)

Explore student centered instructional design and develop structure and strategies necessary to ensure significant learning outcomes for all students. (No class the week of Thanksgiving)

Instructor: Jayne McGuire, Ph.D


EDUC X509    Jan. 23-March 17, 2017 (8 weeks)
Instructional Planning and Pedagogical Practice (3 units)

Deepen your understanding of the concepts, principles, and skills employed to create significant learning experiences in higher education classrooms.  The primary focus of the course is on understanding and applying a learning-centered approach to college teaching.

Instructor: Kerry Mayer, M.A.


EDUC X580    March 27-May 19, 2017 (8 weeks)
Teaching Practicum & Reflective Observation (3 units)

Apply the teaching and learning strategies examined in the previous three courses through reflective observation and practice in the higher education classroom. Students will observe classroom instruction by a qualified instructor and provide written analysis. Participants will also plan and teach a lesson in their discipline with a live audience to gain the practical experience necessary to effectively reflect, evaluate and improve upon their teaching style and methods. Students will also receive assistance in finding an appropriate placement.

Instructor: Jill Alcorn, M.A.