Whether you’re a graduate student, an adjunct, or a part-time faculty member, Ball State’s interdisciplinary certificate program in College and University Teaching can meet your professional development needs. This is the ideal program if you’re searching for skills to prepare you for undergraduate and graduate teaching.

In this certificate, you will explore the relationship between teaching, research, and service responsibilities as found in American colleges and universities.

This graduate certificate was designed to instill improved teaching practices within undergraduate and graduate education and help to socialize you into the professoriate.

This program is offered completely online or as a hybrid with a combination of online and face-to-face courses.

Academic Advisor

Dr. Thalia Mulvihill, Director
Department of Educational Studies

Course Requirements

To earn the online only version of a 15-credit graduate certificate in college and university teaching, you will need to take the following courses:

Required Courses (12 credits)

  • EDHI 609 Preparing for the Professoriate: Teaching in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • EDHI 610 Issues in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • EDHI 611 Teaching and Curriculum Issues in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • EDHI 699 Teaching Practicum in Higher Education (3 credits)

Elective Courses (3 credits)

From the list below, select one course with the assistance of your certificate program advisor:

  • EDFO 660 Comparative Education (International Higher Education)
  • EDAC 634 The Adult Learner (3 credits)
  • EDAC 635 Strategies for Teaching Adults (3 credits)

Or, your advisor can help you select an equivalent online course to be determined.

Additional Information

You will need to earn an overall GPA of 3.0 in the program to earn this certificate. Plus, no course with a grade below 2.0 can be counted toward the certificate.

Your official Ball State transcript will contain a listing of the courses taken in this program and a special designation that the certificate program has been successfully completed. You will also receive a printed certificate acknowledging your completion of the program.

As you are working on your certificate and decide to pursue a full degree program at Ball State, you can apply these courses to a master's or doctoral degree upon receiving approval by your department.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Ball State is committed to offering programs that lead to gainful employment, Graduates from Ball State's certificate programs can be assured they are learning industry best practices. You may wish to review the gainful employment information about this program as required by the U.S. Department of Education.

Ready to Apply

There are two steps to apply to the certificate in college and university teaching:

  1. Meet the admission requirements of the Ball State Graduate School.
  2. Apply online to the Graduate School.

Next Steps

  • Once you submit all of your application materials and if you are accepted into your program, you will be sent information about how to register for courses.
  • You will also be sent information about paying for your courses.


Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.


Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.

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