Communication Education (GC)

The certificate is designed for individuals who hold a post-secondary degree in a different discipline and are seeking to expand their education to teach communication courses at a community or technical college.

Courses in the graduate certificate may double-count toward the Communication & Composition (C&C) master's degree. Completion of the master's qualifies a student to also earn a graduate certificate in the Teaching of Writing (English). Students in C&C are highly encouraged to apply for graduation in all three credentials. 

Program Requirements

Common Core

This course is designed to enhance the communication skills of professionals. Students will learn theory and techniques of presentation for academic conferences, professional meetings, business and industry presentations, interviews, and group meetings. The use of technology in professional communication will be highlighted.

Prerequisites: none

Restricted Electives

Teaching - Choose 3 - 6 Credit(s). If a student takes both CMST 602 and CMST 605, only 9 credits are required in the Theory & Practice Category.

Required for all graduate students in the Department of Communication Studies. Surveys traditional pedagogoical theories as well as critical pedagagical theories as they pertain to teaching communication courses.

Prerequisites: none

Course is designed to prepare students for online communication best practices. The course focuses on the unique components and qualities to prepare for communication studies courses in an online environment including discussions and chats, online public presentations, online small groups, and other online forms of communication.

Prerequisites: none

Unrestricted Electives

Theory & Practice - Choose 9 - 12 Credit(s). 12 credits are required unless a student takes both CMST 602 and CMST 605 in the Teaching category.

Prerequisites: none

Degree Plan

The Degree Plan is a model for completing your degree in a timely manner. Your individual degree plan may change based on a number of variables including transfer courses and the semester/year you start your major. Carefully work with your academic advisors to devise your own unique plan.
* Please meet with your advisor on appropriate course selection to meet your educational and degree goals.

First Year

Fall - 6 Credits

Elective Course in Major * 3 credits

Elective Course in Major * 3 credits

Spring - 6 Credits

This course is designed to enhance the communication skills of professionals. Students will learn theory and techniques of presentation for academic conferences, professional meetings, business and industry presentations, interviews, and group meetings. The use of technology in professional communication will be highlighted.

Prerequisites: none

Elective Course in Major * 3 credits

Summer - 6 Credits

Elective Course in Major * 3 credits

Elective Course in Major * 3 credits