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Graduate Certificate in Museum Education

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education at the University of Houston offers a 15 hour graduate level Certificate in Museum Education. Students can pursue this certificate:

  1. as a post-baccalaureate to improve knowledge and skills in museum education without earning a graduate degree;
  2. as a new graduate student or a currently enrolled graduate student who wishes to specialize in museum education in addition to the pursuit of a graduate degree; or
  3. as professional development after earning a graduate degree.

The 15 hour Museum Education Certificate program includes a series of three core courses

(9 hours) followed by a 6 hour internship.  Core courses provide the foundation of museum education and include the history, theory, practice and application of museum education principles. The internship will be at a Houston art, history, or science museum, aligns with the students’ area of interest, and is designed in collaboration with the host museum. Students are admitted in the fall semester only and can complete their certificate by the end of following summer. Courses are taught by CUIN faculty in collaboration with museum partners.

The Museum Education Certificate capitalizes on Houston's community needs and assets. The University of Houston (UH) and the Museum District are rich cultural resources for residents. By forming a partnership, these institutions can more fully serve the communities they share. Graduate students looking for engaging ways to expand their horizons will have opportunities to learn and teach in unique environments beyond the K-12 classroom.

Museum Education Certificate Goals:

  • Provide a unique set of experiences that expands understanding of museum pedagogy in the core disciplines of art, history, education, or the science
  • Link UH with the Houston Museum community to provide “real world” experience and expand professional networks and job opportunities
  • Activate understanding of community
  • Introduce models of non-profit, cultural, and other educational resources
  • Establish new career paths for students outside of traditional classroom settings that include museums, non-profit and cultural community organizations
  • Prepare educators to use museums as educational resources and/or work in an art, history, and/or science museum setting

Museum Education Certificate Application Domestic and International Requirements:

Apply for the Certificate as a post-baccalaureate or in addition to a Graduate Application

  • Online Application - ApplyWeb
  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA that reflects the ability to achieve a 3.0 GPA in graduate courses
  • Official transcripts showing degree conferral on file
  • Personal Statement
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae

Additional International Admission Requirements:

  • Official university transcript (original language)
  • Official degree certificate (original language)
  • Official English translation of official university transcript and degree certificate.
  • Satisfactory scores on TOEFL, IELTS and the UH Language and Culture Center to demonstrate proficiency in English (School Code: 6870)

There is no application fee required for the Museum Education Certificate. The certificate admissions deadline is July 1st for the Fall Semester.

Please note that with the ApplyWeb application, all documents, and unofficial transcripts are uploaded in the application and are to be received by the University no later than the deadline.  Applicants are required to submit official transcripts (electronically or by mail) to the University’s Graduate School

Follow this link for complete required coursework descriptions.