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Would you like to improve your college teaching knowledge and skills?
Do you like hands-on, collaborative seminars and experiential learning?
Would you like time and assistance in building an effective teaching portfolio?
Do you desire a certificate that is included on your transcript?
Then the Certificate in College Teaching program is for you!

Welcome to the Certificate in College Teaching Program!

This 10-unit graduate program consists of a series of courses that provide foundational information and help develop the competencies necessary to teach effectively in higher education. Our courses are known for their enriching collegial atmosphere where learning about learner-centered theories and instructional strategies guide students' development as reflective and effective professional educators. Through an approach focusing on theory into practice post-baccalaureate students, including post-baccalaureate staff and faculty, are prepared to become outstanding teaching professionals.

The purpose of the Certificate in College Teaching (CCT) is to provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills useful in their current and future careers as college/adult-learning teaching professionals. The intended learning outcomes of the CCT are to:

  1. Identify and interpret the characteristics of effective learner-centered college teaching.
  2. Make instructional decisions grounded in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  3. Demonstrate excellence in learner-centered college teaching.
  4. Demonstrate capacity to contribute to a professional learning community.
  5. Construct a teaching portfolio that documents excellence in learner-centered college teaching and critical self-reflection.

The Certificate in College Teaching Program is a 10-credit curriculum. It encompasses the 3-credit course IA 697a Learner-Centered Teaching, one or more elective courses of a total of 3 credits, and the 4-credit course IA 694a Instructional Practicum. The program can be completed in a minimum of 2 semesters (IA 697a is a prerequisite for IA 694a), and in up to 4 years. Most students complete the program in 2 to 3 semesters.

The application deadlines are June 30th for the Fall Semester and October 30th for the Spring Semester. These deadlines apply to both domestic and international applicants.

Note: Depending on departmental approval, any course or combination of courses offered through the OIA can also be taken as part of a degree program and as part of a Multidisciplinary Minor. Application to the CCT program is not required to enroll in our courses. Please contact the Graduate College for more information on the Multidisciplinary Minor.