Students seeking a Graduate Certificate take 5 courses (15 credits). Most students undertake the regular track, which involves coursework that draws upon the faculty’s expertise in psychology, philosophy, education, and other fields. These credits may all be transferred into the Master’s program (leading to an MA in Critical and Creative Thinking) if students decide to continue their studies. Students with particular interests in science may instead choose to pursue a related track called Science in a Changing World, which places an emphasis on Civic Engagement, Collaborative Processes and Innovative Teaching around current and historical controversies involving science and technology and also leads to a Graduate Certificate or an MA degree.

The Graduate Certificate can be earned completely through face-to-face sections, completely through online sections, or through a combination. CCT courses also allow students from other graduate programs to fulfill requirements or electives for courses in critical and creative thinking, curriculum development, research and writing for reflective practice, urban and social justice education, teaching in the different subject areas, and dialogue and collaboration in organizational change. In particular, students in the non-licensure Learning, Teaching and Educational Transformation and professional Teacher Education tracks often decide to add the CCT Certificate to their original program.

Non-degree students can also take CCT courses; this opportunity, together with workshops, summer institutes, monthly evening forums, and invitations to join online communities of practice further extend the range of educational experiences offered by the Program. To accommodate the schedules of teachers and other professionals, courses are offered after 4 pm, in intensive sessions during the summer, and online. It is possible for a full-time student to complete the Graduate Certificate in two semesters, although many students combine the program with their ongoing careers and take longer. Certificate students complete the two foundation courses and three electives. The choice of track and arrangement of elective courses allow students to define specific areas in which they explore their CCT-related interests — for example, "creative thinking at work", "gifted and talented education", "critical and creative thinking in literature/arts/music", "dialogue and collaboration in organizational change." Additional areas of specialization can be constructed through cooperation with other UMass Boston graduate programs, such as Instructional Design, Educational Administration, Public Policy and Conflict Resolution.

Foundation Courses: