Post-Master’s Certificate in Community College Teaching

For 2019-2020, the program will begin in September 2019. Contact for information on applying.

We are not accepting applications for 2020-2021.


The Post-Master’s Certificate in Community College Teaching, offered through the College of Education’s Adult Education and Training (AEDT) program, provides practical teaching preparation for individuals who seek or hold teaching positions in community colleges. Students will take a minimum of 15 credits. Most classes are offered online to accommodate the schedules of working professionals.

Participants Will Learn

Courses and required supervised teaching experience are designed to provide:

  • An overview of the characteristics of community college students
  • The history, purposes, beliefs, aims, and administrative structure of the community and technical college system in the state of Washington
  • Program planning and course development
  • Instructional methods

Program Benefits

While not required in Washington community colleges, the certificate provides valuable knowledge and training for those who are new to community college teaching or who do not have a teaching background.

Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application form and $55 non-refundable application fee
  • College of Education Self-Evaluation Form (within online graduate application process)
  • Earned master’s or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution or U.S. equivalent in a field other than education. Individuals seeking the certificate usually will have a master’s degree in a content area taught in the community college system. Applicants must submit official degree-posted transcripts for all graduate-level coursework. If mailed to applicant, transcripts must remain in original sealed envelopes.
  • Two recommendations using COE form provided through the online application, one from the master’s degree major advisor and one from a current supervisor, regarding student’s ability to perform as a teacher in the content field.
  • Statement of purpose: In one to two, single-spaced typed pages describe how your past experiences suggest that certificate will fit into your future plans (within online graduate application process)

English Language Requirement

Applicants for whom English is a non-native language must demonstrate English proficiency regardless of English language studies, residence in the United States or an English-speaking country, or immigration status.
Graduate applicants with a baccalaureate or higher degrees from recognized colleges in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia and who have continued to reside in countries where English is the primary language for at least two years prior to applying to Seattle University will have this requirement waived.

English proficiency may be met with an official TOEFL score of 92 (IBT), or 580 (PBT); the IELTS exam with a minimum score of 7.0; PTE score of 62.

Cost and Credits

$631 per credit; total program cost varies depending on previous education.

A minimum of 15 credits must be taken at Seattle University. If students have completed courses that are substantially similar to those required for the certificate, substitutions may be made from other course offerings at Seattle University.


  • AEDT 5100 Course Design for Adult Learners (3)
  • AEDT 5610 Internship in Community College Setting (3)
  • AEDT 5630 Instructional Methods for Adult Learners (3)
  • EDUC 5130 Adult Learning (3)
  • SDAD 5590 The American Community College (3)

For more information, please contact the Adult Education and Training program.


Gainful Employment Disclosure for Post-Master's certificate in Community College Teaching