Core Courses

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.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete the curriculum in the following manner:

  1. Enroll in IA 697a Learner-Centered Teaching.
  2. Enroll in a minimum of 3 credits of elective coursework (may be concurrent with enrollment in IA 697a or IA 694a).
  3. Request enrollment in IA 694a Instructional Practicum (prerequisite: IA 697a).

Please note! A new curriculum will be enacted starting fall semester 2018: New Curriculum Overview.


IA 697a Learner-Centered Teaching

IA 697a Learner-Centered Teaching is appropriate for anyone interested in learning more about college-level teaching or adult education and is required for students in the Certificate in College Teaching program as a prerequisite to IA 694a Instructional Practicum.

This course provides a foundation in learner-centered teaching and includes the scholarship of college-level teaching and learning, approaches to course and lesson design, techniques to implement and assess active and collaborative learning, and development of reflective teaching practices. It is reading- and writing-intensive and uses the University of Arizona’s letter grading system. The course is offered every semester in a hybrid format.

Topics and themes:

  • Foundations: Adult Higher Education; Learning, Memory, and the Brain
  • Lesson Planning: Objectives and Outcomes, Assessment and Feedback; Presenting Course Materials; Student Engagement and Collaboration
  • Learning Management Systems and Technological Tools
  • Universal Design for Learning; Discipline-Specific Teaching
  • Peer Teaching Observations
  • Teaching Philosophy

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IA 694a Instructional Practicum

IA 694a Instructional Practicum provides individual mentoring in applying principles of learner-centered teaching to adult education contexts, reflecting on teaching practice, and documenting teaching expertise. Primary components of the course include seminar-style meetings, observations of teaching, peer reviews, and the development of a professional-quality teaching portfolio. This course is offered every Fall and Spring semester and co-taught by several OIA faculty members. It uses the S/P/F/I grading scheme.

Enrollment requirements:

  1. Successful completion of IA 697a Learner-Centered Teaching.
  2. EITHER: Successful application to the Certificate in College Teaching Program. OR: Registration as part of a Multidisciplinary Minor.
  3. Establishment of 3 teaching opportunities for the semester or preceding summer/winter session in which you are taking IA694a Instructional Practicum. This letter may help you ask for support in your department or college. You will have to specify the status of your teaching plans in the enrollment form for this course.

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Enrollment is completed by permission through the OIA.

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The course is based on the model of a faculty learning community, guiding all participants to take full ownership of instructional and professional decision-making and promoting the sharing of knowledge, ideas, and feedback.

Topics and themes:

  • Teaching as Reflective Practice
  • Assessing Learning and Teaching
  • Peer Observation and Peer Review
  • Syllabus Development and Course Design
  • Best Practices in Hybrid and Online Teaching
  • Statements of Teaching Philosophy, Development, and Effectiveness
  • Teaching in Cover Letters, CVs and Job Interviews
  • Teaching Portfolio

Click here to view a course information sheet with more detailed information.