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Graduate Certificate in Community College Teaching


The Department of Adult and Higher Education (AHE) in NC State's College of Education is offering the Graduate Certificate in Community College Teaching. The program offers knowledge and skills necessary to design and deliver course-related content through technology-enhanced learning environments for faculty who teach in community colleges and other post-secondary settings or plan on teaching in the near future. The courses developed for the graduate certificate will enhance faculty abilities in both online and classroom environments.

Dr. Chad Hoggan,
Program Coordinator
Phone: 919-515-6290
Delivery Method: Web-based/Online
Admissions Web Page

Career prospects
(What can I do with this program of study?)

The program focuses on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to design and deliver course-related content through technology-enhanced learning environments. The required course work enhances faculty abilities in both online and classroom environments. It provides a way for those teaching or preparing to teach in a post-secondary setting to upgrade their instructional skills.

(What will I learn?)


Fifteen credit hours of course work (five courses, three credits each) are required. The courses displayed below are in the preferred sequence:

  • EAC 559 The Adult Learner (3 credit hours)
  • EAC 538 Instructional Strategies in Adult and Community College Education (3)
  • EAC 560 Assessment and Evaluation in Adult and Higher Education (3)
  • EAC 539 Teaching in an Online Environment (3)
  • EAC 700 Community College and Two-year Postsecondary Education (3)
Estimated Total Credit Hours Required: 15

Admissions requirements
(Is this the program for me? How do I apply?)

Requirements for admission to the certificate program include:

  • graduate of an accredited four-year college or university
  • GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study
  • currently employed as full-time or part-time faculty member at a community college or have a career goal of teaching in a post-secondary setting in the near future

Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirements may be admitted provisionally based on past work experiences and the attainment of at least a “B” average in the first three courses of the certificate.

Students may begin taking courses for the certificate in Summer, Fall or Spring.

Plan of study
(How much time will it take?)

The certificate requires 15 credit hours. Required courses are offered during fall and spring semesters and during summer sessions. It is highly recommended that students take one course per academic session; thus the recommended time for completion is five semesters and/or summer sessions.

Award of the certificate requires a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.

Registration information
(When can I start?)

Go to the Graduate School Admissions Web site to apply for admission to the graduate certificate program. Or, to register for courses as a non-degree student, click on "Apply & Enroll." Courses are offered online in Fall, Spring and Summer.

Estimated Tuition and Fees
(How much will it cost?)

Tuition Level: Graduate (View more information about tuition)
Fees: Graduate ASG, Graduate Ed/Tech
Resident: $5,925.00
Non-resident: $11,535.00

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