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College Teaching Post-Master's Certificate

School of Education

Expand your skills in higher education

Excel as an instructor. Capella’s online Post-Master’s Certificate in College Teaching is designed to help you master academic instructional skills, including the ability to teach effectively online in a college setting. In this program, you’ll focus on learning theory, educational philosophy, classroom assessment, and curriculum development to improve as a college instructor. We’ll help you prepare to pursue college-level faculty positions.

At a Glance

  • Online
  • 5 Core courses

Classes Start January 13th

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo Fall19)

What you’ll learn

Help college students learn

Learn to facilitate the learning process for adults.

Lead the way

Provide vision and direction in post-secondary education and community settings.

Conduct relevant research

Perform relevant, high-quality scholarly research.

Uphold professional standards

Become adept at upholding professional ethical standards and socially responsible behavior.

Program features

Our program offers additional benefits you might be interested in.

Credit toward your next degree

Apply credits from this program toward a Capella PhD in Postsecondary and Adult Education or Professional Studies in Education.

Real-world application

Our competency-based education approach allows you to immediately apply coursework learning to the work you do every day.

Cost & learning format

Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn. 

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$14,900 estimated tuition*
$745 per credit, 20 total quarter credits, 0 max transfer credits

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*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing, and it does not include fees (including application and resource kit fees).  Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, and tuition discounts. If transfer credits are allowed in this offering, the prices above show what you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits and the price if you brought in the maximum allowed transfer credits.  

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 


There are a variety of need-based federal grants available to help pay for tuition and costs.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Federal work study

Part-time jobs sponsored by the U.S. government are available to help you reduce loan debt.

Sample courses

The online Post-Master’s Certificate in College Teaching focuses on preparing you for faculty positions. You’ll gain skills in academic instruction and online teaching in college settings, focusing on curriculum development, theory, and more.

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Online Course Design, Facilitation, and Assessment

In this course, learners examine online andragogy from both theoretical and practical perspectives. Learners gain an understanding of the tools available in learning management systems and online learning platforms, and learn how to use them to apply concepts of adult learning theory to improve the online learning experience and participant satisfaction. Finally, learners design and assess their own online class. Cannot be fulfilled by prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
Curriculum Development and Teaching Strategies for Adult Learning

This course focuses on the evaluation and development of curriculum for adult learners. Learners in this course incorporate trends, theories, models, various instructional strategies, and technology as employed in designing 21st-century learning. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer or prior learning assessment.

4 quarter credits
ED8320 *
Practicum in College Teaching

This practicum provides learners with experiences consistent with the role of a college or university instructor. Under the guidance of the course instructor, learners observe and assist in the instruction of an online course in the Post-Master’s Certificate in College Teaching sequence. As teaching assistants, learners apply learning theory, respond to unit discussions, summarize unit postings, provide additional unit-specific resources, and participate in an inter-rater reliability activity. This course is not available as an elective to learners outside the Post-Master’s Certificate in College Teaching. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): ED7311, ED7312, ED7712.

4 quarter credits

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.

Enrollment counselors

These experts will set you up for success. They’ll help you find the right degree and program, and answer all your questions about Capella.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.

Writing support

Sharpen your writing skills with our free tutoring services and other resources.

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