University of Missouri-Kansas City

College Teaching and Career Preparation

Quick Facts


Graduate certificate

Delivery Mode

100% Online

Standard credit hours


Standard estimated cost



1-2 courses per semester


2 years

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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In today’s highly competitive academic job search, pedagogical training and demonstrated teaching skills will help your application stand out. Gain the knowledge and skills that you need for teaching in higher education and receive guidance and practice with elements of the academic job search with this 100% online 12-credit hour graduate certificate in college teaching and career preparation. This certificate program is open to students from any discipline with a bachelor’s degree who teach or who want to teach as an adjunct, instructor, or full-time or tenure-track faculty member at a college or university.

Set yourself up for success with the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s School of Graduate Studies. Enhance your teaching skills for online or in-person classes as you enter the job market. Discover new ways to further your pedagogy while balancing your time among scholarly tasks like research and writing for publication. If you’re already teaching, you will strengthen your curriculum and teaching skills to better support today’s learners.

Topics include active learning, creating effective syllabi, developing lesson plans and assignments, attending to student motivation, maximizing use of classroom technology and engaging in the academic environment. Experienced faculty will guide you across the program, and a mentor of your choice will review your teaching practices. Take steps now to prepare for the future you see for yourself.

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Career Prospects

Potential career paths include:

  • Professor
  • Instructor
  • Adjunct professor
  • Lecturer

Employment growth


Median salary

Program Structure

Delivery of this program is 100% online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take one to two classes each semester and finish in two years.

Course work includes:

  • Preparing future faculty
  • Educational psychology: focus on teaching in higher education
  • The college student
  • Curriculum and teaching for the college classroom


The University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

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