Higher Education Teaching Certificate

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Grounded in social justice, equity, and inclusion, the Higher Education Teaching Certificate program provides graduate-level coursework and classroom experience to post-secondary educators or those with a Master’s Degree. Nine units to complete this hybrid program.

If you are a current or future higher education instructor you will enjoy this student-driven, culturally centered teaching certificate that offers an insightful experience integrating theory and teaching practicum. This certificate is a great way to increase your employment opportunities and enhance your current career to offer a more holistic approach. 

Courses are taught online and classroom experience activities take place in person.

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*Fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the Presidents, as appropriate.

Career Opportunities

  • San Jose is listed as the top-paying city for faculty on the community college level with a median pay of over $100,000. 
  • Interfolio.com has put together a list of benefits to being a community college educator and according to the site, salaries for community college careers vs public universities were comparable. 

The [HETC] program has significantly influenced my professional goals and trajectory. I am more confident in my role being a professor. Recognizing that having knowledge to teach and effectively teaching are distinct skills, the program has equipped me with the necessary tools to excel in both aspects. I believe my participation in this program will enhance my ability to serve my students more effectively, providing me with a valuable edge in my academic career.

Yvonne Mudoh
Higher Education Teaching Certificate, 2023 Graduate

Apply for the Program

Learn more about how to apply below.

  • Admission Requirements
    • MA/MS Degree from a regionally accredited institution or currently enrolled in a MA/MS program
    • Minimum GPA of 2.5
    • Candidates must also meet all SJSU admissions requirements

    For more information visit the HETC program

  • How to Apply
    • Apply through Cal State Apply
    • Respond to 2 essay prompts
    • Submit transcripts

    No GRE or letters of recommendation are required

    For more information, please visit the HETC program.

  • Application Deadlines

    Applications will be accepted once a year.

    Summer 2024 application cycle: November 1, 2023 - April 1, 2024

    • Application Deadline: April 1, 2024*
    • Document Deadline: April 1, 2024*

    *These dates are not final and are subject to change.

  • FAQ

    For a full list of Frequently Asked Questions visit the HETC FAQ 

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