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Engineering Education Certificate

Starting in the fall of 2019, the Engineering Fundamentals program now offers a graduate certificate in engineering education. This four-course certificate provides training in education theory, research methods, and instructional design within the context of engineering education.

After completion, students will come away with the following experiences, skills, and abilities:

  • Gain exposure to a diverse set of educational theories applicable to learning in engineering contexts
  • Write a research proposal for an education-based research project
  • Evaluate the quality of existing engineering education research publications
  • Develop effective, evidence-based teaching, learning, and mentoring practices
  • Create learning-centered syllabi, activities, and assignments
  • Identify research-based strategies to teach diverse populations
Contact Courtney Faber, Engineering Education Certificate Coordinator, with questions.

Who is this Certificate For?

Graduate students with a background in engineering, physical sciences, mathematics, or education.

The certificate serves graduate students who are preparing to teach, currently teaching, or interested in applying teaching and learning principles in a non-academic career. The topics covered are especially relevant for students interested in pursuing academic engineering positions in higher education or industry positions where they will have responsibilities in the development of training materials for different audiences.

Coursework

Achievement of the certificate is obtained through completion of the following required and elective courses representing a total of 12 credit hours.


Required (9 credit hours)

This course addresses foundational principles of engineering education through relevant theories of teaching and learning, curriculum development, assessment, and student development. Broad categories of engineering courses (laboratories, design courses, and lectures) are examined with respect to course design, learning objectives, instructional methods, and assessment and accreditation.

Credit hours: 3

Students will learn to apply research- and theory-based educational methods to develop course materials and assess learning consistent with engineering accreditation standards. This will include discussions of specific teaching methods, pedagogical content knowledge, and the assessment and evaluation of student learning. The course will use the human-centered design process as a mechanism to guide course development and continued improvement.

Credit hours: 3

Students will be introduced to a variety of methods and tools available for conducting strong engineering education research studies. The course will cover multiple qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches. Students will gain knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of the methods as well as the practical knowledge needed to use the methods in engineering education research.

Credit hours: 3


Electives (Select one of the 3 credit hour courses below)

This course will guide students through the process of conducting their research project. Guidance will include implementation of planned data collection and data analysis as well as preparing for dissemination in an academic publication. This course is a combination of seminar topics and independent study to guide students towards a review-ready manuscript in engineering education.

Credit hours: 3

This course will guide students through the process of conducting their research project. Guidance will include implementation of planned data collection and data analysis as well as preparing for dissemination in an academic publication. This course is a combination of seminar topics and independent study to guide students towards a review-ready manuscript in engineering education.

Prerequisites: EF 501 and EF 504
Credit hours: 3

This course will guide students through the process of developing an engineering course that integrates research-based instructional strategies and modern assessment practices. Guidance will include the development of learning objectives, course activities, and assessment. This course is a combination of seminar topics and independent study to guide students towards a completed course design in their field of interest.

Prerequisites: EF 501 and EF 503
Credit hours: 3


How to Apply

To apply complete an online application to the University of Tennessee Graduate School and select the Engineering Education Graduate Certificate program. As part of this application, you will be required to complete a Statement of Interest, which is a 1-page description of why you want to complete the program and what you hope to gain from the program. You will receive specific details about the requirements of the Statement of Interest in the application.

The certificate can be completed as either a standalone program or add-on program. Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements and be admitted to the UT Graduate School. The only academic prerequisite for the certificate program is a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or college. To receive the certificate upon graduation you must follow all UT Graduate School Policies.

Cost

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