Graduate Programs in Teaching in Higher Education

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Love to Teach.

Are you interested in teaching in a college or university? If so, explore how Warner can prepare you to achieve your dream.
Higher education institutions are growing in the Unites States and abroad and require an increasing number of clinical faculty, adjunct instructors, and other personnel supporting student academic success, in addition to traditional tenure-track faculty members (who are expected to have a doctorate in their discipline, but most often are not trained in teaching).

Warner offers flexible programs at the certificate, master’s, and doctoral levels that can be tailored to prepare you to become a more effective instructor for adults and stand out for teaching-related positions in colleges and universities.  Learn more about the available options and which one will best fit your career goals.
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Program Quickview

The programs described below can be customized to meet your specific career goals and interests in teaching in higher education.

If you are interested in other teaching programs, check our Related Programs.
Prerequisites (as required by NYS):
  • Bachelor’s degree; prior master's degree highly desirable for doctoral programs.
  • Prior preparation and experience as an educator.
  • Tenure-track faculty positions in research universities and most colleges will also require a doctoral degree in the subject area you want to teach.
Key Program Features:
  • Many Options Available: Choose among our advanced certificates, master's, and doctoral programs to best meet your interests and career goals.
  • Courses on Teaching: Regardless of the option you choose, you will be able to take courses that will help you become a better teacher in your chosen settings.
  • Courses on Higher Education: Choose from a rich selection of courses that will help you better understand and be more effective in higher education contexts.
  • Flexible: All programs can be completed full time or part time, starting any semester.
  • Online Offerings: You can choose some fully online or hybrid-online courses to reduce trip to campus.
  • Opportunities to Add Specializations: With only a few additional credits, you can pursue an Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching or Program Evaluation to make you more marketable and effective.

Warner Programs Focusing on Teaching in Higher Education

There are several different ways you can pursue your interests in higher education at Warner, depending on your specific aspirations and prior academic work. Contact admissions for help in deciding which options may be the best for you.

All the programs listed below are very flexible and can be customized to meet your goals, by strategically choosing electives, tailoring major projects in courses, and most importantly working with faculty with expertise in higher education teaching.
Programs Preparing Online Teachers
With the growth of online offerings in higher education, instructors who can teach online are at a premium.  If you already have the required credentials for a faculty position, our MS in Online Teaching (33 credits) or Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching  (15 credits or less) will make you stand out, by teaching you how to capitalize on online learning in your courses.

Learn more about our programs preparing online teachers.
Master's in Teaching (Without NYS Certification)
If you are interested in teaching a specific subject matter in a community college (and possibly other higher education institutions), and already have sufficient background in your content area, you may only need a master’s degree to qualify for teaching positions and adjunct instructor assignments. We offer several master’s degrees that will help you learn how to design and facilitate effective learning experiences in your area of specialization – whether it is literacy, mathematics, social studies, science, or TESOL.  Or you can choose our flexible MS in Teaching and Curriculum and create your own specialization.

All these 30-credit programs have sufficient electives to allow you to pursue other interests and additional specializations, such as an Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching.

To learn more about options, prerequisites, and program requirements, visit programs in teaching (without certification).
Teaching in Healthcare Settings
If you are a health care professional interested in preparing the next generation of practitioners, you should consider our specialized MS in Health Professions Education.  This 30-credit interdisciplinary program is offered by the Warner School of Education in collaboration with the School of Nursing and the School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Learn more about our programs in health professions education.
Doctoral Programs in Teaching
If you are seeking doctoral-level credentials, and your interests are mostly about how people learn best, innovative teaching approaches, curriculum design, or other teaching- or curriculum-related topics, you should consider our EdD or PhD programs in teaching.  You can tailor either program to match your career goals and interests by selecting courses in your area of specialization, tailoring projects to your interests, and choosing a relevant dissertation topic.  You can also add an Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching for only three additional credits.    

Learn more about our doctoral programs in teaching.
Doctoral Programs in Higher Education
If you are seeking doctoral-level credentials, and want to focus on how higher education institutions work, academic programs’ management and evaluation, leadership skills and practices, you should consider our EdD or PhD programs in higher education.  You can tailor either program to match your career goals and interests by selecting courses in your area of specialization, tailoring projects to your interests, and choosing a relevant dissertation topic.  You can also add an Advanced Certificate in Online Teaching for only three additional credits.   

Learn more about our doctoral programs in higher education.
Other Doctoral Programs
Most tenure-track faculty positions in four-year colleges and universities require a doctorate in the discipline you will be teaching. If you want to teach in a school of education, any of the doctoral programs offered at Warner will qualify you for a faculty position (although research universities and some other institutions may give preference to a PhD).  For subjects outside of education, look for PhD programs offered by other academic units at the University of Rochester.

Our Approach

Preparing Teachers Who Can Inspire and Lead Change.

Warner’s programs will prepare you to stand out as an innovative higher education teacher – a teacher who lives to inspire and loves to teach. 

At Warner you will find cutting-edge curricula informed by research and best practices, faculty who are passionate and supportive, a shared commitment to social justice and inclusion, and the drive to make education “ever better.”
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Learn More About Warner's Approach to Teaching
At Warner, regardless of the age level you are interested in, we will teach you how today’s students learn and how you can create an optimum learning environment for all. Warner helps tomorrow’s teachers move learning from memorization to critical thinking… from competition to community building… from “just getting over the finish line” to creating lifelong learners. That’s the Warner way.

It’s a movement focused on student-centered education with the goal of increasing intellectual engagement. It’s a commitment to developing “reform-minded” teachers who won’t settle for the status quo. It’s a goal of encouraging teachers to take responsibility for creating a learning environment that’s inviting for all students, no matter how they best learn. It’s an ability to nurture and develop teachers who step up to be leaders by imparting ideas and a vision for where their students and their institution can grow and contribute in meaningful ways. It’s an approach that creates great teachers and true educational leaders. 

All of our programs in teaching are firmly grounded in proven research and sound theory. Warner faculty, in conducting research and supporting others, stay on the cutting edge of where learning is and where it’s heading, helping to provide more in-depth knowledge of how people learn by better understanding how the world sees each student, and conversely, how each student sees the world. This ensures that Warner students have a keen understanding of where learning needs to go and the reasons why they will need to teach and engage students differently in the future.

Warner prepares students for teaching and the pursuit of educational endeavors beyond the classroom. We provide the theoretical foundation, the intellectual tools, and the practical experience to help graduates thrive in a wide variety of learning environments.

One of the fundamental pillars of a Warner School education is a commitment to social justice and a keen recognition of a teacher’s responsibility to balance the social inequities of the learning environment. Warner students are taught to be understanding and responsive to different learning styles, to adapt to diverse behaviors, and to be open to a wide spectrum of perspectives. As a result, they are driven to close the gap of social inequities, and build a supportive, engaging learning environment.

Warner graduates stand out – head and shoulders above their peers from other institutions, well prepared for a future in teaching and even better prepared for the future of learning. That’s the Warner difference.

The Warner Advantage

Preparing Graduates to Innovate, Advocate, and Elevate.

A Warner program will help you stand out from other higher education teachers and prepare you to excel in your career.
  • Become a teacher who can create learning opportunities that are inviting and accessible for all students – by being exposed to cutting-edge research and educational innovations.
  • Be challenged to be an agent of change, who can effectively introduce innovations that will enhance students’ learning and address current inequities.
  • Leverage the reputation of a leading research university to give your degree even more recognition.
  • Network with the best and the brightest future colleagues.
  • Make yourself stand out when applying for faculty positions by pursuing additional specializations for a few additional credits.
  • Learn from an accessible, supportive faculty of researchers and accomplished practitioners who will prepare you in best practices for teaching in higher education.
  • Shorten your path to a doctoral degree by earning transferable credits. 
While rigorous, Warner’s programs are both flexible and affordable.
  • Use your electives and choices for core courses to specialize in your area of interest and/or add advanced certificates.
  • Take advantage of online learning options that help reduce trips to campus.
  • Choose your own pace by pursuing the program part time or full time, and taking advantage of special summer offerings.
  • Start your program any semester.
  • Are you a University of Rochester employee? Make sure you make full use of your tuition benefits.

All About Experience

Your experience at Warner will be informed by the many research projects and community initiatives we are engaged in. In addition, you'll benefit from the experience of faculty that include nationally recognized researchers, award-winning authors and accomplished practitioners.

Center for Learning in the Digital Age

Center for Learning in the Digital Age

Benefit from faculty who are involved in transformative uses of digital technology to enhance teaching and learning. The Warner Center for Learning in the Digital Age collaborates with various educational partners to leverage the potential of digital technologies for education.

Nationally Recognized Expert in Online Education

Nationally Recognized Expert in Online Education

Program Director Eric Fredericksen’s leadership in the area of online teaching in higher education has been recognized with his appointment to President of the Online Learning Consortium, the most prominent professional organization in the field.

Innovative Transition Grants

Innovative Transition Grants

Learn from innovative practices and programs to support the participation of youth with in post-secondary education developed by Warner faculty member Martha Mock. This critical work was made possible as part of two $2.5M grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Career Opportunities

Advancing Education and Your Career to the Next Level.

Gaining knowledge and skills in teaching adults and navigating higher education institutions can make you more competitive for traditional faculty positions in four-year colleges and universities – even if teaching credentials may not be a requirement for many faculty jobs.  Graduates from our programs are also more desirable for faculty positions in community colleges and professional schools.

Warner graduates who have pursued a program focusing on teaching in higher education are also better prepared to teach courses as adjunct professors in a variety of institutions, including online universities, and academic leadership positions, such as instructional designer or coach, curriculum coordinator, faculty mentor, to mention a few.
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An Accessible, Supportive Faculty of Researchers and Accomplished Practitioners.

Michael Daley, PhD
Teaching in Higher Education Advisor
LeChase Hall 457
(585) 270-1458

Other Program Directors

Raffaella Borasi, PhD (mathematics; online; health professions education)
Brian Brent, PhD (higher education; educational leadership)
Jeff Choppin, PhD (mathematics)
Mary Jane Curry, PhD (academic writing, TESOL)
Karen DeAngelis, PhD (educational leadership)
Eric Fredericksen, EdD (online; health professions education)
Doug Guiffrida, PhD (counselor education)
David Hursh, PhD (diversity)
Jayne Lammers, PhD (English)
April Luehmann, PhD (science)
Kevin Meuwissen, PhD (social studies)
David Miller, EdD (online; health professions education; entrepreneurship)
Martha Mock, PhD (inclusion; special education)
Hairong Shang-Butler, PhD (academic writing; TESOL)
Carol Anne St. George, EdD (reading & literacies)

Additional Program Area Faculty


Making Warner Affordable.

The Warner School is pleased to offer a number of merit-based scholarships to students who enroll in any of our programs. Contact admissions for more information.

Are You a UR Employee? Inquire about your tuition benefits. If eligible, up to 95% of your tuition costs can be covered depending on your position. Contact the UR benefits office at

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Try Us Out

Get a Taste of What Warner Has to Offer.

Take A Course! You can experience Warner as a non-matriculated student for a highly discounted price.  We especially recommend students interested in teaching in higher education to take EDE484: Online Teaching and Learning (offered hybrid-online in fall and spring, and fully online in summer), as this hybrid-online course will provide you with insights and skills that will impact your future teaching, whether or not you decide to enroll in one of our programs.

Contact admissions to learn more about opportunities for non-matriculated students.
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Meliora means 'Ever Better.' To our graduates, it means making a world of difference.

  • Dawn Santiago-Marullo, Superintendent, Victor, NY

    "The most important thing I received there was the opportunity to be immersed in the study of education and leadership with very talented people, that think-tank mentality of being surrounded by the best of the best. The intellectual stimulation from both the staff and fellow classmates really did allow me to think about things differently."

    Dawn Santiago-Marullo, Superintendent, Victor, NY

  • Shannon Walton, Sports Performance Counselor, Rochester, NY

    “I had a very unique situation. I wasn’t going down the typical path of a Warner student, and the school was just so flexible and supportive.”

    Shannon Walton, Sports Performance Counselor, Rochester, NY

  • Jody Goodman, Program Director, UMass Amherst

    “As educators, it’s our job to make sure we’re giving students the knowledge to be successful when they move on in their life….Warner was the best grad school experience I’ve ever had because it prepared me extremely well to jump into my career, and I will forever be grateful for that.”

    Jody Goodman, Program Director, UMass Amherst

  • Laura Van Laeken, Teacher, Midlakes, NY

    "The growth I’ve realized in myself is something I will be forever grateful for. I’ve learned to question, analyze, think and create in ways I never considered. I’ve changed as an educator and as a person."

    Laura Van Laeken, Teacher, Midlakes, NY

  • Jeremy Friedman, Research Associate, Harlem Children

    “When it came time to interview for jobs, it was very easy for me to talk about anything in the field, and that set me apart,” he says. “You name it, and I had at least one experience in it—largely due to Warner.”

    Jeremy Friedman, Research Associate, Harlem Children's Zone, New York, NY

  • Beatriz M. Folch-Torres, MD, Rochester, NY

    “It was more than I expected. Not only what I learned in the program, which I’ve been able to put into practice every day since, but also the connections I was able to make and the relationships I was able to form."

    Beatriz M. Folch-Torres, MD, Rochester, NY

Contact Admissions

The admissions team looks forward to assisting you as you explore graduate education at the Warner School. Please feel free to use the form below to contact us with any questions. You can also email us at or call (585) 275-3950.

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The next application deadline is March 01, 2023. View all  Admissions Deadlines.

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