Faculty Preparation: Teaching in Higher Education Online Certificate

Do you wish to pursue teaching in community colleges and universities, or enhance your teaching career?

This two-semester, 12-unit ONLINE certificate program prepares you to teach in higher education and specifically addresses both online teaching techniques and face to face classroom strategies, creating accessible learning environments, presenting anti-racist teaching and learning, and recognizing culturally relevant pedagogy.

The Certificate in Faculty Preparation: Teaching in Higher Education program is designed to meet the needs of current faculty and aspiring faculty who are interested in enhancing careers, developing excellent online teaching skills, and/or pursuing teaching in community colleges and universities.

Enhance your marketability by completing this online certificate from HSU to demonstrate your pedagogical knowledge and readiness to work in the college environment. The program is an eligible Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) training providing in the state of California.

A new cohort begins each August. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Apply now! 

Courses must be taken sequentially. The fees for the certificate program are $220 per unit. A 3-unit class will therefore cost $660. All fees are subject to revision. Fees are due and payable upon registration for each course. Registrations cannot be processed without valid payment information.


"I was amazed at the graduate certificate in higher education Faculty Preparation through Humboldt State University to be exactly what I needed and wanted to move my post-secondary teaching career forward. The tuition cost was affordable, the instruction was relevant and rigorous, accessibility to the courses via an online delivery format met my needs, and the opportunity to view and apply the skills learned in this program was provided. The learned skills, faculty support, and online collaboration with peers made this program an overall success and I enjoyed every minute of my learning!"

Laura Schaffer-Metcalfe, Ed.D
2020 Cohort



Class Title Class # Credits Startssort descending
Foundations of Teaching in Higher Education
Fall 2021
Aug 23
Student Centered Design
Fall 2021
Oct 18
Instructional Planning & Pedagogical Practice
Spring 2022
Jan 18
Teaching Practicum & Reflective Observation
Spring 2022
Mar 21