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The Curriculum

12 credit hour graduate certificate

The core: A six-course series of Preparing Future Faculty Seminars.
The Seminars are graded on a credit/no credit basis and are worth one credit hour each for a total of six credits. Students in the PFF Seminar courses not only refine their teaching skills, but also explore the opportunities at, and differences among, a variety of institutions of higher education – public, private, 2-year, and 4-year.

For the remaining six credits of the certificate program, students may select a 3 credit hour teaching practicum course in their field approved by the PFF program director, plus one of the following required online 3 credit hour courses (select one):

  • EDUC-R&P 5639 Educational Psychology: Focus on Teaching in Higher Education
  • EDUC-C&I 5640 Curriculum and Teaching for the College Classroom
  • EDUC-C&I 5570 Curriculum and Instruction in Technology
  • EDUC-C&I 5572 Assessing the role of Technology in Education
  • EDUC-UL 5556 The College Student

PFF Seminar sessions will be held on campus, and distance students can engage with the panelists and participants through online learning technology.

“The UMKC Preparing Future Faculty online graduate certificate program provided me with a systematic developmental experience to reflect on my teaching practices, identify the improvement opportunities and develop them. Also, it provided me with the necessary capabilities needed to be an effective job candidate in the market.”

Hessam Sarooghi
Program Graduate
Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Butler University

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Requirements for Retention

Students must maintain a cumulative 3.0 graduate GPA while enrolled and receive no grade below a B- in courses applied to the certificate program.

Time Limit for Completion of Certificate Program

The program is designed to be completed in 5 consecutive semesters, starting with Fall semester and ending the following Spring semester. Students who need longer to complete the 12 credit hour course requirements have 3 years maximum to complete the Graduate Certificate Program in College Teaching and Career Preparation.