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Curriculum & Course Information

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

  1. Enroll in IA 697a Learner-Centered Teaching, a 3-credit course taught each Fall and Spring semester.
  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, a 4-credit course offered each Fall and Spring semester.

Note: The two required courses, IA 697a and IA 694a, may NOT be taken simultaneously. IA 697a Learner-Centered Teaching must be completed to participate in IA 694a Instructional Practicum.


IA 697a Learner-Centered Teaching

This course provides a foundation in learner-centered teaching, and includes theories of adult learning, approaches to course and lesson design, techniques to assess learning, and development of reflective teaching practices. It is appropriate for instructors who want to improve their teaching, and is required for students in the Certificate in College Teaching program. The course is offered every semester in a hybrid format and includes guest teaching by other CCT faculty members.

IA 697a Learner-Centered Teaching is reading- and writing-intensive and uses the University of Arizona’s letter grading system. This course is a prerequisite to IA 694a Instructional Practicum.

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

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



A minimum of 3 credits is required from elective courses. Click here to view a pdf with the full list of courses. Please check the UA Course Catalog for descriptions of these courses and contact the offering department for details.

The OIA itself offers the following courses:

  • IA 680 Classroom Assessment (3 units)
  • IA 697b Using Technology in Teaching (3 units)
  • IA 697g Universal Design: Accessible Learning Environments (3 units)
  • IA 699 Independent Study (1, 2 or 3 units)

Please note:

  • The elective courses vary in their formats, grading schemes, and credits.
  • Some courses do not fulfill the 3-credit requirement; therefore, students who take a 1 or 2 unit course can fulfill the 3-unit requirement by enrolling in another course on the list or in IA 699 Independent Study for the additional credits. The general Independent Study Proposal and Policies can be accessed and downloaded via the Office of the Registrar.
  • Some departments may limit course enrollment to majors only. When selecting an elective, check with the respective department to determine whether you are allowed to enroll in the course.
  • If you are aware of a class outside of this list that you believe might qualify as an elective course and/or you are attempting to transfer credits, please contact the CCT Coordinators. 


IA 694a Instructional Practicum

This course 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 appropriate for instructors who want to improve their teaching. It is required for students in the Certificate in College Teaching program.

IA 694a is offered every Fall and Spring semester and co-taught by several OIA faculty members. IA 694a Instructional Practicum uses the S/P/F/I grading scheme.


  1. Successful completion of IA 697a Learner-Centered Teaching.
  2. EITHER: Successful application and enrollment in Certificate in College Teaching Program. OR: Registration as part of a Multidisciplinary Minor.

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.

Enrollment is completed by permission through the OIA department. Follow the link below to enroll into the course:


Once classes have begun for the running semester, enrollment is open for the consequent one. You will receive an email confirmation from us upon successful enrollment. Please contact the CCT Coordinators if you experience problems using the form.


2015-2016 OIA Faculty:

Erin Dokter, Associate Professor of Practice, CCT Coordinator,

Mascha N. Gemein, Assistant Professor of Practice, CCT Graduate Coordinator,

Lindsay Hansen, Assistant Professor of Practice,

Sue Howell, Professor of Practice,

Gretchen Gibbs, Professor of Practice,