Teaching and Learning FAQs

1. Why should I earn a Certificate in Teaching and Learning?

Norwich University’s Certificate in Teaching and Learning program provides a unique blend of theory and application that helps facilitate the personal and professional growth needed to become effective teacher. With foundational knowledge and skills acquired through the program, students have the opportunity to increase their confidence and efficacy in online and traditional, face-to-face classrooms.

2. How do I qualify for the Certificate in Teaching and Learning program?

The Certificate in Teaching and Learning program welcomes goal-oriented individuals who share our passion for public service and are committed to furthering their field and contributing positively to their community. For a list of eligibility requirements, visit the teaching and learning program admissions page.

3. How big will my classes be, on average?

The classes in the Certificate in Teaching and Learning program are small, by design. It is rare for find a class with more than 12 students, and the average size is 6-8 students.

4. Will this certificate help me get a teaching job?

The completion of a Certificate in Teaching and Learning will not guarantee a teaching job, but it does demonstrate a serious interest and expertise in teaching. Further, its graduates leave the program with a defined teaching philosophy, a sample syllabus and a teaching portfolio they can share with a prospective employer.

5. What is the cost of the Certificate in Teaching and Learning program?

The current, all-inclusive cost for the Certificate in Teaching and Learning program is $3,500. For detailed information about program costs, visit the tuition information page.

6. Is financial aid available for this program?

Unfortunately federal student aid is not available for the Certificate in Teaching and Learning program. Students may qualify for a personal loan from their bank or credit union, or use their own funds, to pay for the program.

7. Will my employer help pay for this?

Some employers offer tuition reimbursement programs for graduate-level courses at accredited universities. Please check with your supervisor or company’s benefits manager for details on your organization.

8. How are the teaching and learning program faculty members selected?

Certificate in Teaching and Learning program faculty members all have advanced degrees (most are terminal degrees), and have extensive subject matter expertise in teaching. They must demonstrate a wide range of university/college-level teaching experience, and be committed training the next generation of teachers.

9. What are the requirements for applying to this program?

• A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
• No pre-requisite knowledge required; some familiarity with teaching and learning is a plus
• Graduate testing is not required
• If English was not the language of degree study, proof of English language proficiency and a minimum score of 600 (paper-based test) or 94 (internet-based test (iBT)) on the TOEFL are required, unless otherwise noted in specific articulation agreements

10. How long is the Certificate in Teaching and Learning program?

The program’s two courses (each six credits) take approximately 6 months to complete.

11. Do you accept transfer credits?

We do not accept transfer credits for the Certificate in Teaching and Learning program.

12. Are credits earned transferable to other graduate programs?

The credits earned in the Certificate in Teaching and Learning program are not transferable to other graduate programs at the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

13. What Norwich University resources will be available to me?

As with all of our programs, you will have access to vast online resources through Kreitzberg Library, including our dedicated distance learning librarian. You will also receive academic support from your instructor, administrative support from program staff, and technical support for the online learning platform.

14. How much do I need to know about computers to succeed in this program?

The technology used in the online learning environment is designed to be user-friendly whether you have basic knowledge of computers or are a technology whiz. Students only need a working knowledge of computers and the basic skills outlined below: • Ability to send and receive emails. • Ability to prepare a document using a word processing program such as Microsoft Word. • Ability to use the Internet for research.

15. Is there a Residency component to the certificate program?

Norwich University certificate programs are completed 100% online and do not include, nor require, a Residency.