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Why Pursue a Graduate Certificate in Engineering Education

The Graduate Certificate in Engineering Education is a 9-semester credit hour program offered as a collaborative effort between the Colleges of Engineering and Integrated Design and Education and Human Development. The program has an emphasis on engineering curriculum development, instruction, and assessment methods to support student learning outcomes. It covers history and attributes of different engineering fields. As San Antonio and South Texas continue to grow, the demand for engineers and engineering educators will continually increase. A significant workforce of well-prepared and engaged engineering educational professionals is imperative to meet the growing needs of our region.

Program Targets

This program is targeted for both engineering students wishing to prepare as future engineering instructors in a college or university and for teachers in the field (or future teachers) interested in preparing to teach engineering at the middle and high school level in formal and informal educational settings. It provides a training platform for those educators who plan to teach engineering or pre-engineering subjects. This unique program also allows for the collaboration of students and faculty from both technical and educational fields as peers.

Admission & Application Requirements

Applications are submitted through the UTSA Graduate Application. Please upload all required documents (listed below) on your UTSA Graduate Application. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure completion and submission of the application, a nonrefundable application fee, and all required supporting documents are on file with UTSA by the appropriate application deadline.

For international students, please note that student visas are not issued at UTSA for non-degree-seeking students, including certificate programs. For more information, visit our international students admission page.

Engineering Education (CERT)
  Required Degree Bachelor's Degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or have proof of equivalent training at a foreign institution.
  Minimum GPA 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) Departments may consider GPA of last 60 semester credit hours
  Transcripts* Required from all institutions attended; international transcripts must be recorded/translated to English
  Credential Evaluation Required if you have earned university-level credit from foreign institutions. Submit an evaluation of your transcripts from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) directly from the graduate admission application platform
  TOEFL/IELTS Score 562 TOEFL Paper / 84 TOEFL Internet / 7 IELTS scores for International applicants (exempt countries).
  Resume Required
*Unofficial transcripts will be taken into consideration for admissions; however, if admitted into the program, you must submit official transcripts to the University.
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Admission Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to have their admission file completed as early as possible. All applications, required documents and letters of recommendation, if applicable, must be submitted by 5:00 PM U.S. Central Time on the day of the deadline. Deadlines are subject to change.

Engineering Education (CERT)
Completed applications will be reviewed for admission on a rolling basis. Decisions generally will be made and sent to applicants within 4 to 6 weeks of receiving the application.
  Fall Spring Summer
International June 1 November 1 Not Available
Domestic August 1 December 1 Not Available

Funding Opportunities

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Career Options

UTSA prepares you for future careers that are in demand. The possible careers below is data pulled by a third-party tool called Emsi, which pulls information from sources like the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau, online job postings, other government databases and more to give you regional and national career outlook related to this academic program.

EGR 6973 / CI 6973: Special Problems: Becoming an Engineering Educator/Professor- 3

This course offers the opportunity for specialized study in engineering education for instructors in either a college/university setting or a K-12 educational classroom. It covers theoretical foundations of engineering curriculum design and a culturally responsive teaching framework for teaching engineering content and using engineering design as the impetus for student learning of associated science & mathematics. Orientation will be provided to enhance other valuable skills for engineering educators such as writing proposals, managing active learning classrooms, and developing teaching methods to enable diverse student learning.

EGR 6183 Engineering Education Methods 3

This course focuses on pedagogical principles, assessment, and integration of content in engineering classrooms. The course also provides students with opportunities to develop engineering content and curriculum for classroom and laboratory instruction, including modules, lessons, activities and team-based experiences. Research on learning, teaching, and assessment methods, as well as motivation, cognition, metacognition, and program development, will be explored.

EGR 6283 Mentored Teaching in Engineering 3

This course enables deeper understanding of teaching and learning through practice, feedback, and reflection as performed regularly in assigned teaching duties. Educational goals and objectives are identified and become central to reflect on the impact and assessment of the activities and methods used to achieve student learning.

Program Director & Graduate Advisor of Record

Araceli Martinez Ortiz, PhD