Community College Teaching Cert Courses

Community College Teaching Certificate

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This program consists of 2 academic courses (GED 548 and GED 549), followed by a teaching internship (GED 594). Completing GED 548 and GED 549 each with a grade of "B" or better is a PREREQUISITE for the internship (GED 594S); you CANNOT sign up for the internship without first successfully completing the required academic courses.

Course Schedule

Major: Education | Program: Community College Teaching Certificate | * C = Class Canceled *

Spring/Summer 2024

Community College Teaching Information Session: Saturday, January 6, 10am.

Start DateEnd DateCRNDeptCourse TitleUnitsDaysHoursBldg/RmFeeInstructor
01/29/202402/23/202425228GED 549 41The Community College2-AsynchronousINT NET$606R McGinness
03/09/202405/03/202425227GED 548 41Effective College Teaching3-LIVE Online 11am-12 noon SaturdaysINT NET$909R McGinness
05/07/202406/01/202425229GED 549 42The Community College2-AsynchronousINT NET$606R McGinness
01/31/202405/19/202425230GED 594 71Independent Study (Internship)
Upon Approval
* Schedule subject to change; consult with instructor for specific date details | Updated 12/07/23

Course Descriptions

GED 548 | Effective College Teaching

3 units
Study of research, theory, and practices associated with teaching and learning processes within the community college system. Topics include course planning and organization, student diversity, teaching and student retention, and instructional technology.
Required Text: Tools for Teaching.
GED 548 Syllabus Online ►

GED 549 | The Community College

2 units
An overview of the history, mission and function of the community college. Topics include the history of higher education, the role of the community college, student characteristics, curriculum, finance, governance, articulations and the California Master Plan.
Required Text: The American Community College.
GED 549 Syllabus Online ►

GED 594 | College Teaching Internship

3 units | Prerequisites: GED 548 & GED 549 each with a grade of "B" or better, and UPON APPROVAL of Internship Coordinator | Spring and Fall Terms Only
A one semester internship consisting of classroom instruction, the equivalent of 45 hours per semester or 3 hours per week on a 15 week model. Ordinarily, the internship consists of an appropriate combination of the classroom-related activities, determined in consultation between mentor teacher and intern. The Internship Coordinator arranges an on-site observation of one of the intern's classroom presentations. An assessment is made of the intern's performance and an evaluation form is filed in writing. For questions about the internship, email Internship Coordinator Carman Wimsatt at

For the Fall 2023 term only, internship applications will be accepted up to 3 days before the class begins. Otherwise, application deadlines are November 15 for the Spring term, and April 15 for the Fall term.

 Internship Application Packet [Fillable PDF] ►  | [Download Adobe Reader Free]

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Course Delivery

Note: The classes for this program are presented ONLINE (live online or asynchronously online, depending on individual course). This instructor-led program utilizes our campus' Canvas Learning Management System (LMS), available through our student portal, MyCSUDH. Live online class sessions are conducted at the day/time indicated in the program schedule. Attendance and participation via Zoom at all scheduled class sessions is required.

Be sure to get your password and instructions to access MyCSUDH when you register, and download/print materials for the first week prior to course start.

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