Post-Doctoral Certificate Teaching and Learning

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Expand on your existing skills as a K-12 educator or a higher education faculty member. Apply your prior knowledge and experience to earn a Post-Doctoral Certificate in Teaching and Learning online at a pace that works for you.


Our Teaching and Learning Post-Doctoral Certificate program is designed to equip current educators with enhanced knowledge of relevant research, instructional theories and strategies, and emerging technologies in the field. The courses give specific focus to curriculum mapping, curriculum design, and assessments that promote student-centered learning opportunities. 

Consisting of 4 online courses, this competency-based program allows you to progress by demonstrating mastery of course content and competencies. Spend more time on topics that are new to you and move faster in areas where you have existing expertise. You’ll also have the chance to interact frequently with your instructors. To enroll in this certificate program, you must already have a doctoral degree in education.

Develop Essential Skills In
  • Models of teaching and learning
  • Curriculum and assessment design
  • Instructional strategies for specific grade levels and disciplines
  • Instructional coaching for enhanced learning
  • Designing the learning environment
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The flexibility to learn at your own pace and to study anywhere you are on your own time.

1:1 Mentoring

A 1:1 partnership with our supportive community of faculty, advisors, staff, and you in an effort to create a collaborative environment in your pursuit of academic excellence.

A Unique Subscription-Based Approach to Higher Learning

A subscription-based tuition structure which allows for a 6-month “All You Can Master” approach. This flexible tuition allows for students to go as fast or as slow as your lifestyle dictates.

Use Your Expertise

Move quickly through the areas you know and spend more time on the ones you need deeper study.

Work towards “Mastery”

Each course requires successful completion of specific formative/summative tasks per competency that must meet or exceed Mastery level in order to progress to the next course . (Doctoral degree programs require a dissertation and successful defense of the dissertation earning a “Pass.”)

Concentrations in this Program

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You May Enjoy This Line of Study If You…

  • Are passionate about your role as an educator
  • Strive to deliver student-centered learning experiences
  • Take care to optimize your learning environment for students
  • Enjoy course and curriculum planning and design
  • Want to know more about instruction, knowing, and learning theories
  • Get excited about using technology in your work
Student Learning Outcomes
  • Demonstrate the application of learning theories and supporting research to inform the development of appropriate methods to enhance student learning in a variety of settings.
  • Analyze the theoretical perspective(s) on learning, knowing, and assessment that impact student outcomes addressing at least one of the following topics: knowledge, curricula theories, instructional methodologies, assessment, or research-based practices.
  • Students will include how training and/or support will be provided to teachers in their researched, student-focused recommendations for the selected K-12 setting related to the Instructional Coaching based on through review of stakeholder input and/or data.
  • Students will identify research that is age-specific to the learning environment being investigated, relates to the primary focus on the identified area of need, and is applicable to the solution being recommended.
  • Students will use theoretical knowledge to support the described implementation of the recommendations related to the learning environment in the strategic planning.
  • Admission Requirements
    Applicants must provide a completed South College application for admission and application to the program. Those selected for admission will provide evident of a completed doctoral degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum grade point average (CPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.


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