Higher Education Teaching Certificate

Higher Education Teaching Certificate

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"A certificate focused on teaching in a higher education setting would provide our prospective and current community college faculty with knowledge and skills that can increase their employment and professional advancement opportunities."
Rowena M. Tomaneng, Ed.D., President of
San José City College



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Fees are effective Fall 2023. Fees are subject to review & change.

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The Higher Education Teaching Certificate program provides graduate-level coursework and classroom experience to prepare current and future higher education instructors in culturally-sustaining and responsive pedagogical knowledge grounded in social justice, equity, and inclusion.

If you’re a current MA/MS student or faculty member in a postsecondary institution, this certificate is for you. The program offers a well-rounded experience that integrates theory and teaching practicum. 

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Program Features

  • Hybrid Instruction: Foundations and methods courses are offered in an online 7-week summer format. The practicum course will be offered during the fall semester with online lectures and on-site teaching and observation activities.
  • Unique Program: Focused on culturally-sustaining and responsive pedagogical knowledge grounded in social justice, equity, and inclusion.
  • Exceptional Faculty: The faculty of the Department of Educational Leadership have extensive experience in equity-minded pedagogy and emancipatory leadership practices, with a commitment to being community-engaged, culturally sustaining and holistic in their teaching.

Career Opportunities

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of postsecondary teachers is projected to grow 12% between 2020 - 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. About 139,600 openings for postsecondary teachers are projected each year, on average, over the decade.

Required Courses

Students will complete 2 online courses during the summer and 1 hybrid course during the fall. Courses include:

  • A foundation course that examines the development and knowledge of theories related to diversity, equity and inclusion in U.S. higher education.
  • A teaching methods course grounded in culturally-sustaining pedagogies.
  • A teaching fieldwork experience where students will put into practice culturally-sustaining and responsive teaching methodologies.

Applying to the Program

  • Apply through Cal State Apply
  • Current MA/MS students (at a non-CSU campus) or faculty members in a postsecondary institution are eligible to apply.
  • Applications will be accepted once a year, starting November 1 and with an April 3 deadline.

For more information and to apply, email the Lurie College of Education and Department of Educational Leadership, at edleadership@sjsu.edu.


For you to participate and receive credit from online classes at San Jose State University, your state of residence must have a reciprocity agreement in place with CSU. This agreement provides online students with consumer protection. For a complete list of participating states and details on the regulation, please visit sjsu.edu/extend/state-auth/.