SUNY Potsdam Launches Online Postgraduate Certificate Program in College Teaching

SUNY Potsdam Accepting Applications for New Online Certificate of Advanced Study Program in College Teaching

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POTSDAM, NY (12/17/2018) The State University of New York at Potsdam will soon launch a Certificate of Advanced Study program in college teaching, the College's first program to be offered fully online.

SUNY Potsdam's new advanced certificate program is designed to provide participants with the skills they need for effective teaching in the college classroom.

"Teaching at the college level requires a specific set of skills to ensure learning objectives are met, through careful execution of pedagogical theory, the use of appropriate technologies and an understanding of how we learn. This program synthesizes these critical concepts to prepare students to be successful educators in the college classroom," said Dr. Kathleen Valentine, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction, who will oversee the new program.

Designed with the working professional in mind, the four-course, 12-credit curriculum requires no campus visits for the fully online program. Topics include curriculum design, classroom technology and the developmental needs of adult learners.

"The new college teaching advanced certificate program at SUNY Potsdam augments our rich history in preparing strong educators. We have designed this program and the coursework for anyone interested in complementing their subject matter skills with strategies in pedagogy and curriculum design, specifically for the collegiate level," said Joshua LaFave '03, executive director of graduate and continuing education.

As post-master's students, participants will develop broad skillsets useful for contemporary educators working within a post-secondary educational setting. The program is designed for faculty, graduate teaching assistants, doctoral or post-doctoral students, and other professionals who want to develop or enhance their instructional skills.

The flexible program is designed to fit with any schedule. The certificate program can be completed in one academic year, all in one summer or one course at a time. Admission is on a rolling basis, and students can start in either the spring, fall or summer semesters. To find out more, visit

SUNY Potsdam's graduate programs seek to encourage academic achievement and to provide each student with a sense of personal and social responsibility, while providing the best possible preparation for specific professional and vocational goals. To learn more, visit

About SUNY Potsdam:

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America's first 50 colleges -- and the oldest institution within SUNY. Now in its third century, SUNY Potsdam is distinguished by a legacy of pioneering programs and educational excellence. The College currently enrolls approximately 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its challenging liberal arts and sciences core, distinction in teacher training and culture of creativity. To learn more, visit