- Download the program guide (includes course list and application requirements)
- Contact Marie Pavelchak, Senior Student Program Coordinator in the Office of Student and Academic Services
The Higher Education Teaching graduate certificate offered at the GSE is designed for individuals teaching or interested in teaching in higher education who want to improve their skills and knowledge specifically to better meet the needs of their adult students. Through a tailored curriculum, they will come to understand the adult learner, including the social roles, psychological characteristics, and learning patterns that influence educational practice. With this understanding, students will also explore different perspectives of college course design and traditional and innovative approaches to the design of college-level courses, as well as reflect on the implications of different approaches and contexts on the adult learner.
After completing all of the required courses in the program, students will receive official documentation of their completion, endorsed by the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education. Courses completed as part of this 12-credit program may also be counted toward a Rutgers Graduate School of Education 30-credit, fully online Master’s Degree in Adult and Continuing Education. Transfer credits are not accepted for this program and no program requirements may be completed at any other institution.
This program does not include coursework leading to a New Jersey school personnel license.
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What You’ll Learn
Students enrolled in the Higher Education Teaching graduate certificate program will begin their study with an introduction to the foundational philosophical, historical, and practical underpinnings of adult education practice. In alignment with the GSE’s mission to Advance Excellence and Equity in Education, students will examine the nature and scope of adult education through exploration of the social contexts, including analyses related to race, class, and gender. Through more specialized coursework, they will come to better understand the different perspectives of college course design and traditional and innovative approaches to the design of college-level courses, as well as reflect on the implications of different approaches and contexts on the adult learner.
12 Graduate Course Credits
- 3 Credits – Introduction to Adult and Continuing Education or Understanding the Adult Learner
- 3 Credits – Fundamentals of College Teaching
- 3 Credits – College Course Design for Adults
- 3 Credits – Feedback and Assess in Higher Education
Students are expected to maintain a “B” or better average as a non-degree student. Accepted students will have 5 years to complete the program. After completing all of the required courses in the program, students should contact the Office of Academic Services at the GSE. Students will receive official documentation of their completion, endorsed by the Rutgers University Graduate School of Education.
Careers and Outcomes
Earning a graduate certificate at the GSE allows candidates to advance their understanding of, and earn practical skills pertaining to, adult education and higher education teaching. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, as earning a certificate can help students enter into a new specialization they’ve yet to explore, or advance or stay competitive in a space they already have knowledge in. The program offers a comprehensive look at the latest research in the field and in addition to leading to potential career benefits like advancement, role flexibility, or leadership responsibility, it can also serve as a pathway to a Master’s Degree in Adult and Continuing Education.
- Personal Statement: approximately 1-page in length that describes why the program is relevant to the applicant’s interests for career goals
- 1 Letter of Recommendation: describing the applicant’s potential to be successful in the program
- Official Undergraduate Transcripts
- Graduate Transcripts (if applicable)
Applicants are responsible for reviewing and confirming that they meet all requirements before the application is submitted. Rutgers Graduate School of Education will not refund the application fee if an applicant is not accepted.
How to Apply
Current Rutgers University Students:
All applicants who are currently enrolled in a program at Rutgers University and wish to begin the certificate program while continuing their current program should contact the GSE Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Non-Rutgers University Students:
- Collect the materials required for admission
- Submit your application online at http://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/
- Submit supporting materials online
- Any supporting materials that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to Graduate Admissions’ New Brunswick office. Their mailing address can be found here: https://gradstudy.rutgers.edu/about/contact-us
Click here for the New Brunswick Graduate tuition rates.