Zachary Hart, Ph.D., Department Chair
Stephanie Klatzke, Ph.D. & Mark Leeman, Ph.D., Graduate Program Directors
The communication teaching certificate is an 18 hour program designed for students who have already earned a master’s degree or those who are working toward their degree. For those students who are working toward their degree only 1 additional course beyond the required 33 hours is needed to obtain this certificate. By obtaining this certificate, students will meet the current eligibility standards to teach in colleges accredited by SACS to teach communication at the collegiate level. This will allow students to obtain positions as adjunct teachers, lecturers, and teaching assistants for those who choose to apply to a Ph.D. program.
This graduate level certificate primarily focuses on establishing the communication understandings and skills needed to teach courses covering communication content at the collegiate level. More specifically, students will be able to explore interests in communication, work with instructors who are currently teaching communication, improve communication skills relevant to teaching, understand a variety of teaching and learning methods and concepts through a communicative perspective, gain knowledge on communication theory, and engage in current academic research and trends in the field. Finally, the concepts gained will also allow practical communication skills that are versatile and applicable to a variety of personal and professional situations.
This certificate will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of at least two areas of communication, provide them with an understanding of topics and concepts appropriate for the communication classroom, and offer hands-on development of communication teaching methods from current communication teachers.
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