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Graduate Certificate for Dual Credit Teaching in Psychology

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The Graduate Certificate for Dual Credit Teaching in Psychology provides an opportunity for high school teachers to be credentialed to teach Dual Credit Psychology courses.

The Southern Association for Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges as well as many other regional accrediting bodies (please check with your accrediting organization) require instructors of introductory-level college level courses hold a master’s degree and 18 graduate credit hours in the teaching discipline.

The program allows teachers to complete the certificate simultaneously, after or prior to pursuing/completing a master’s degree. Some or all courses may be transferable toward completion of a discipline-specific or education-related master’s degree or additional graduate certificates.

Dual credit courses help schools decrease educational disparities and expand low-income students’ options for obtaining two-year and four-year college degrees. Teaching dual credit courses almost immediately raises the income-earning potential of high school educators and expands career options to include community college teaching. The Certificate in Dual Credit Teaching in Psychology is now accepting applications.

  • Certificate Timing

    The Dual Credit Teaching in Psychology Certificate includes 18 credit hours of graduate level coursework. Students select six, three-hour courses from 9 course offerings. The certificate can be completed within one calendar year (fall, winter and spring semesters). Students may enroll during any semester.

    Two courses are offered each semester. Students who complete the certificate in three semesters will complete two courses in each semester. All courses are offered online.

  • Courses

    All courses are offered online. Courses for the certificate include six of the following:

    • PS 6310 Race, Class and Gender in Community-based Research
    • PS 6331 Abnormal II
    • PS 6337 Advanced Sexuality
    • PS 6341 Biological Psychology
    • PS 6355 Advanced Developmental Psychology
    • PS 6385 Advanced Statistics
    • PS 6387 Qualitative Methods
    • PS 6390 Advanced Social and Personality Psychology
    • PS 6391 Historical Topics and Recent Advances in Psychology


Students interested in pursuing the Graduate Certificate for Dual Credit Teaching in Psychology must complete an online application, and provide an official transcript from their terminal degree (B.A./B.S. or M.A./M.S.), a letter of support from the student’s employing school district or employer, and a statement of purpose. Unofficial transcripts can be submitted with admission materials, but official transcripts must be received before the end of the first semester of the certificate

Certificate Cost

The Graduate Certificate for Dual Teaching in Psychology is offered at a fixed rate of $12,000, which includes tuition, required fees, and course materials.

Financial Aid

Students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate for the Dual Teaching in Psychology are not currently eligible to receive federal or state financial assistance.

Military, dependents of military members, and Department of Defense employees may be eligible for a tuition discount.

Diverse employers may offer tuition assistance to their employees.

Please contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 210-431-3141 or finaid@stmarytx.edu for additional information or visit stmarytx.edu/admission/financial-aid.

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