The Graduate Certificate in College and University Faculty Preparation is designed to show that Ph.D. recipients possess some knowledge of pedagogy and learning theory, some awareness of issues challenging contemporary higher education, some skill in course delivery, and assessment of student progress.
The Certificate Program is open to Doctorial Students at Howard University, students from the Washington DC Consortium of Universities, and from other universities in the United States, as well as persons working in government, private, and non-government organizations.
Students already enrolled at Howard University can simply apply to the Certificate Program with no further financial obligation
Non-HU applicants must have MS/MA degree, and complete the online graduate application. No GRE is required when applying to this program. The cost of the Program for a Non-HU student is 20k
- Maintenance of at least a B grade in each course.
Furthermore, students who have entered this Certificate Program will have a significant opportunity to advance their careers in various areas related to College and University Faculty Preparation.
Students currently enrolled at Howard University can apply to the Certificate Program without additional financial obligation providing providing they do not exceed the maximum of 15 credit hours per semester. Applicants who are not students of Howard University must be in possession of a Bachelor’s Degree and in good academic standing. The cost of the Certificate Program is $20,000 and may be completed in 1-2 years
To apply, please submit a packet of the following documentation:
- Application form
- 2 letters of Endorsement- 1 from the Dissertation/Thesis advisor, the second letter can be submitted from the Department Chair or Director of Graduate Studies
- Official transcript with a minimum GPA of 3.2
- Personal Statement
All credentials must be sent to:
Kamla B. Deonauth
Howard University Graduate School
Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions
4th and College Streets, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20059
Students must complete 15 credit hours which includes 2 required core courses and 2 Electives Courses. The certificate is then completed by engaging in an experiential teaching opportunity. The remaining courses are optional to enhance an individuals scholarly experience.
Optionals can be taken, for no additional cost, through the Center for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) network.
All course approvals must come from individual departments and the Dean of the Graduate School prior to registering for courses.
Core Course Requirements (6 credits total):
- Faculty Roles and Responsibilities (3 credits) (Fall Only)
- Effective Technologies in Teaching and Learning (3 credits)(Fall/Spring)
Held in an online forum (not required for the certificate program) (6 credits total):
- College Classroom (2 credits)
- Introduction to Assessment and Measurement in Teaching (3 credits)(Fall Only)
- Research in Curriculum and Teaching (3 credits)(Spring Only)
- Diversity in the College Classroom (2 credits)
- Research Mentor Training (1 credit)
- Teaching Through Inquiry Based Learning (1 credit)
1. Complete 1 Educational Research Project that will last for one semester or year:(3 credits total)
- Teaching as Research: Involves the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of students and teachers.
For more information visit the Center for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) network.
2. Complete 1 TEACHING FIELD EXPERIENCE that will last for one semester or year:(3 credits total)
- Teaching Assistant: Assists a professor with instructional responsibilities at Howard University. TAs are required to serve as the sole instruct for one or more classes during the academic year.
- Teaching Internship: Assist a professor with instructional responsibilities with institutions that hold an MOU with Howard University. TAs are required to serve as the sole instruct for one or more classes during the academic year.
- Summer Internship: Assist a professor with instructional responsibilities with institutions that hold an MOU with Howard University during the summer. TAs are required to serve as the sole instruct for one or more classes during the academic year.
- MOU Institutions:
- Indiana University-Purdue University- Indianapolis, Indiana
- Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
- Kalamazoo College- Kalamazoo, Michigan
- Hope College- Holland, Michigan
- James Madison University- Harrisonburg, Virginia
- California State Fullerton- Fullerton, California
- The Pennsylvania State University- State College Pennsylvania
- University of Maryland, Baltimore County- Baltimore, Maryland
- Emerson College-Boston, Massachusetts
- University of Missouri- Columbia, Missouri
- George Mason University- Fairfax, Virginia
- DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana
Students not enrolled in a degree program in the Graduate School but enrolled in the Graduate Certificate program pay the per credit hour rate for the academic year. The tuition rate per credit hour for AY 22-23 is $1,930. For information about tuition rates, please visit the Cost of Attendance website.
There are no scholarships awarded for the tuition of a non-degree Graduate Certificate. Additionally, Title IV federal financial aid is not available for Graduate Certificate programs unless otherwise formally noted in writing.
For students currently enrolled full-time in a Graduate School degree program, a certificate program fee is charged in lieu of the per credit hour rate.