College Teaching and Learning Science

Distinguish yourself from other candidates applying for community college and four-year college teaching positions by earning UMBC’s fully online Post-Master’s Certificate in College Teaching and Learning Science.

Students in this one-year certificate program will explore key topics like culturally responsive teaching, engaging diverse college learners, reaching students with motivation strategies, assessing college-level learning, and designing courses using innovative practices.  Rooted in learning science, the program is appropriate for subject matter experts who are eager to understand and apply the latest learning research to their face-to-face, hybrid, or online classroom. UMBC is well-known for a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and student engagement, and these values are woven throughout the courses in the certificate.

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At a Glance

Locations Offered

  • Online

Programs Offered

Program Details

  • Completion time: 1 year, part-time
  • 15 credit hours

Tuition & Fees

Start Date

Fall/Spring

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Spring 2023 Application Deadline
Thursday, December 1

The deadline to apply for the Spring 2023 semester is on December 1, 2022. Application requirements vary per program, so make sure you visit the How to Apply page of your intended program for more information.

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Why earn a Post-Master’s Certificate in College Teaching and Learning Science?

There is growing evidence that active and innovative approaches to learning are necessary to reach, retain, and successfully educate college learners. This certificate program will provide current and future educators with empirically-based knowledge, skills, and strategies to address successful learning at the college level.

The certificate is appropriate for current or aspiring community college faculty, adjunct faculty, post-master’s graduate students, university teaching faculty, or individuals transferring from other sectors into college teaching or academia. Students in the program will also complete the Applying the Quality Matters Rubric workshop and acquire a certificate of completion that would then become part of their formal teaching portfolio.

Why College Teaching at UMBC?

Best Colleges US News and World Report National Universities 2021
  • U.S. News included 14 of UMBC’s graduate programs in its Best Graduate School 2023 rankings;
  • UMBC was listed as of the nation’s top 50 public universities and top 150 colleges in 2021;
  • Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education college rankings recently recognized UMBC as one of the top 300 universities in the nation;
  • Times Higher Education’s new impact ranking named UMBC #3 in the nation for achieving social and economic impact;
  • Visit UMBC’s full profile on the U.S. News website. See additional rankings on UMBC News.

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