College of Education2015-2016

Department of Educational Leadership

Community College Teaching and Learning, Graduate Certificate


What Can I Do with a  Certificate in Community College Teaching and Learning?

With their open-access model and low tuition rates, nearly half of all undergraduates attend community college.  To achieve their diverse missions, the more than 1,000 public, independent and tribal community colleges in the United States rely on a blend of full- and part-time faculty to offer the broadest array of courses to meet varying student curricular and scheduling demands.  This certificate prepares current full- and part-time future faculty for the complex environment facing community colleges.  Part-time faculty members, or adjuncts, have long been part of community college staff.  Adjunct faculty members are typically hired because they possess technical skills and practical knowledge that are beneficial to students.  Their expertise and workplace experiences will be supplemented through the knowledge gained in this certificate about community colleges as organizations, educational technology, curriculum design, and the characteristics of today's community college students.

University Requirements

  • Graduate certificate programs require a minimum of 12 credit hours. Many certificate programs require more than 12 credit hours.

    No more than one 400-level NAU course (3 or 4 units) may be used on a certificate program.

    No more than 25% of the units required for the certificate program may be transferred from another university.

    A 400-level course (undergraduate course) completed at another university is not eligible for transfer credit.

    A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved to obtain a graduate certificate. No more than three units of coursework with a grade of "C" may be used in a certificate program.

    A graduate student may pursue a graduate certificate concurrently with a graduate degree. Each graduate degree program must decide which, if any, certificate courses can be counted toward the graduate degree.

    Students who are admitted to a graduate certificate program will be eligible for the official posting of the graduate certificate to their transcripts when all applicable coursework has been successfully completed and approved by the academic unit and the Graduate College.
  • Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program).  See the “Details” tab for additional information.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 12


  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Certificate Requirements
  • Take the following 12 units with a minimum GPA of 3.0:

    • [CCHE 590], [CCHE 640], [CCHE 670], [CCHE 688] (12 units)

  • This certificate may be pursued by and completed by any student admitted to NAU. Students do not need to be degree-seeking.

  • Federal financial aid is not available for this certificate at this time.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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