Whether you’re already a higher education instructor or looking to break into teaching at the college level, this multidisciplinary, 15-credit graduate certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will set you apart from the competition.

While many graduate programs train students to become experts in their fields, few focus on the tools needed to succeed in the classroom. This certificate will ensure you have a deeper understanding of the research and theory behind teaching and learning, a real asset for your students — and your career.

Why Choose Our Program?

  • Internationally known faculty at Wisconsin’s most diverse university.
  • Small class sizes that allow you to really get to know your professors and classmates.
  • Unbeatable flexibility — classes meet once a week, alternating weeks and online (you can even do the entire program online).
  • Rewarding career opportunities teaching at universities, vocational and technical colleges, or in adult continuing education programs.


2 in 1: Earn A Master’s Degree & Certificate

At the UW-Milwaukee School of Education Department of Administrative Leadership, you can earn a Master’s degree and a certificate, individually or at the same time. These offerings are perfect for anyone looking to advance their career in higher education, adult and continuing education, and for educators in the healthcare field.

2 in 1: Earn A Master’s Degree & Certificate

2 in 1: Earn A Master’s Degree & Certificate (PDF)

Note: You must complete an application (including the application fee) for both programs.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements, Overview & Information Sheet (PDF)

Online Program Requirements

Online Option Program Requirements, Overview & Information Sheet (PDF)


  • Applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree prior to admission, must have a minimum 2.75 cumulative undergraduate grade point average, and must declare their intent to pursue the certificate before completion of six credits in the certificate sequence.
  • Applicants with a graduate degree must have a minimum 3.00 graduate grade point average.
  • Applicants not already admitted to the Graduate School must complete the UWM Graduate School Online Admission Application. Select “Graduate courses for personal/professional enrichment” as your reason for applying.

Gainful Employment

Due to new federal financial aid regulations, beginning with the summer 2017 term, students who had not previously been awarded federal financial aid at UWM and are enrolled in a stand-alone certificate program will no longer be eligible for federal Title IV aid. Students in a stand-alone certificate who are seeking financial assistance maybe eligible for private loans. Private loans are not guaranteed as they are subject to lender approval including a credit check.

Below is a link to a tool that will help you learn what to look for when shopping for a private loan. At the end of the short tutorial, it will provide a comparison shopping tool allowing you to sort, filter, and compare up to five lenders at one time.


Upon applying for the loan of your choice and being approved, the UWM Financial Aid Office will be notified by the lender to provide enrollment information. At such time the loan will be added to your financial aid award.

For previously enrolled students who have been awarded federal financial aid, see the Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information below.

Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information

Contact Us

For more information or questions about the program

Webpage url: www.teachhe.uwm.edu

(414) 229-4721