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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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*Fee listed will increase by 5% next Fall. SJSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum; however, fees listed in published schedules may need to be increased to maintain the high quality of education we offer and are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the campus President, 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. 
  • 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 2025 application opens on November 1, 2024.

    • Application Deadline: April 1, 2025*

    *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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