College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions
Teaching Certificate Program
Teaching for Social Justice in Higher Education
This 12-credit certificate program introduces students to different aspects of post-secondary instruction, framed by the concept of inclusive teaching and learning.
The certificate is offered in a low-residency format, with students completing coursework in an online synchronous schedule. Students can complete the certificate as a stand-alone program or apply the credits towards the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership program.
About the Program
Framed by the concept of inclusive teaching and learning, this certificate introduces students to different aspects of postsecondary instruction, including faculty work; course design, preparation, and implementation; learning theories; development of teaching and diversity philosophy; pedagogies and assessments; and supervised teaching practice.
To teach inclusively, learning experiences must be designed and delivered in ways that are meaningful, relevant, and accessible to everyone. Inclusive teaching and learning recognize and embrace individual difference as a strength and source of enrichment.
The curriculum comprises four courses, one of which is a teaching internship where students will teach under supervision to practice what is learned in the other three courses.
The 12-credit certificate is offered in a low-residency format, with most of the coursework available in an online synchronous format. Students can complete the certificate as a stand-alone program or apply the credits towards the Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership program.
Program BenefitsThe Certificate in Teaching for Social Justice in Higher Education is designed for:
- Individuals currently in an instructional position in higher education who would like to improve their teaching skills;
- Individuals who teach or have taught at the K-12 level and want to learn about post-secondary instructional practices;
- Individuals currently in an instructional position who want to learn about social justice orientations to instruction;
- Individuals who seek to pursue teaching-related positions. High school teachers wishing to complete the certificate will work with instructors to tailor course assignments when possible.
The Certificate in Teaching for Social Justice in Higher Education is a 12-credit program:
- EDD 825: Inclusive Instruction in Higher Education – 3 credits
- EDD 843: The New Professoriate – 3 credits
- EDD 845: Structural Equity in Classroom Assessment – 3 credits
- EDD 850: Teaching Internship – 3 credits
Students will typically complete 2 courses in the fall semester, 1-2 courses in the spring semester, and if needed, the fourth course in the summer semester. The certificate can be completed in one academic year.
In the Teaching Internship, students will teach under supervision to practice what is learned in the other three courses. The internship can occur during the first semester for students with instructional experience, and any time after the first semester (fall) for those without experience.
- Synthesize theoretical foundations of learning theories and instructional approaches.
- Explain the main forces that shape the three areas of work of the professoriate.
- Appreciate historical, current, and emerging shifts in social justice orientations to classroom assessment.
- Apply effective instructional practices.
Admission is open to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in a master’s degree program. Please submit the following:
- Completed online University of Hartford application for graduate study
- Application fee of $50
- Official transcripts from all institutions attended
- A letter of intent specifying the reasons for seeking admission
- A resume outlining related education and professional experience
Tuition for the certificate program is offered at the same per-credit rate as the Doctor of Education (EdD) program.
|Per Credit Rate|
|Educational Leadership, EdD
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