The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Higher Education Teaching Certificate - Accelerated Online Program

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The mission on the Graduate College in Higher Education Teaching is to equip faculty, adjunct, and teaching assistants in higher education and other learning organizations develop knowledge and skills associated with high-impact teaching while advancing their careers in the rapidly changing professional landscape of adult learning.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the certificate program, prospective candidates must meet all requirements for graduate admission to UT Rio Grande Valley, in addition to the requirements below:

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field.
  2. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester credit hours. If applicant does not meet the minimum undergraduate GPA criterion of 3.0, GRE general test with minimum scores of 150 Verbal, 141 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytical are required for conditional admission.

Application for admission must be submitted prior to the published deadline. The application is available at

Program Requirements

Required Courses - 12 Hours

EDCI 7340Teaching and Learning in Online, Blended and Virtual Environments


EDCI 734121st Century Models of Teaching of Higher Education


EDCI 7342Engaging Diverse Learners


EDCI 7343Applying Learning Theory to Student Success


Total Credit Hours: 12