Core Courses

The Certificate in College Teaching Program is a 10-credit curriculum that includes:

  • IA 697a Learner-Centered Teaching (2 credits),
  • IA 697b Using Technology in Teaching (2 credits),
  • One or more elective courses (min. 3 credits), and
  • IA 697p College Teaching Practice (3 credits; prerequisites: IA 697 a and b).

Elective course work can be taken before, after, or concurrent with any core courses. The program can be completed in a minimum of 2 semesters and in up to 4 years. We do not offer any courses over the summer. Since most people in our program are graduate students on TA/RA contracts and these contracts do not cover summer tuition, it would be cost-prohibitive for most CCT enrollees to take summer courses.

Our curriculum was updated in summer 2018. If you have taken any coursework before that time, please see Erin Galyen or Mascha Gemein to receive assistance with your Plan of Study for the Certificate program.

Course Registration: For details on registration procedures, opening dates and deadlines, and change of schedule forms, please visit the Office of the Registrar website and explore the "Courses" tab under "Student Content."

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. Personal and professional development opportunities are built into the course and the learner is encouraged to make the course work for them in support of their personal and professional goals.

During the course, students will:

  • Explore extant scholarship of teaching and learning related to learner-centered teaching through weekly readings, videos, and other instructional materials.
  • Engage in weekly dialogue and critical self-reflection regarding concerns, challenges, and controversies surrounding learner-centered teaching practice and scholarship through in-class and online discussions.
  • Experience and reflect upon learner-centered teaching approaches by engaging in practice activities and methods from a student perspective.
  • Practice applying teaching methods through group and individual teaching opportunities throughout the semester. 
  • Reflect on and communicate about learner-centered teaching and evidence-based practice in writing through written assignments, including reflections, lesson and course plan drafts, and the development of other instructional materials. 

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 697p College Teaching Practice. The course is offered every fall and spring semester and uses the University of Arizona’s letter grading system. 

In this workshop course, students learn-by-doing how to use technology to assess, motivate, present, explain, communicate, organize, and evaluate. Topics include: learning management systems, visualization, lecture recording, student response systems, open educational resources, online courses, academic integrity, website design, slide design, flipped classrooms, accessibility, online social interactions, e-portfolios, learning analytics.  Methods, philosophies, and evidence for effective, safe, ethical implementation of technology use are discussed.

The course meets once per week in a classroom. Full participation requires a laptop/desktop with a webcam and microphone and weekly access to a fast internet connection for 1-6 hours.

The course is offered every fall semester and uses the University of Arizona’s letter grading system. It is open to anyone interested. It is required for students in the Certificate in College Teaching program as a prerequisite to IA 697p College Teaching Practice.

IA 697p College Teaching Practice 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. Several OIA faculty members co-teach this course every fall and spring semester. It uses the University of Arizona’s letter grading system.

Enrollment in IA 697p

Unlike other IA courses, enrollment for IA 697p is completed by permission through the OIA. Requirements:

  1. Successful completion of IA 697a Learner-Centered Teaching and IA 697b Using Technology in Teaching.
  2. Successful application to the Certificate in College Teaching Program.
  3. Submission of a proposal to enroll in IA 697P, which includes
    1. A description of how you see the course supporting your short-term teaching and learning and long-term (e.g., post-graduate/certificate) professional goals.
    2. A list of 3 specific teaching opportunities* that are taught during the semester in which you are taking IA 697p (including course and/or specific teaching event information). Peers and OIA faculty will observe each of these three opportunities.
    3. A description of how you see your proposed teaching opportunities as beneficial to your learning and professional development.

*A teaching opportunity is considered:

  • Teaching one 50-75 minute section of a UA scheduled class, discussion section, lab, or equivalent as the instructor of record (either face-to-face or online).
  • Guest teaching one 50-75 minute section of a UA scheduled class, discussion section, lab, or equivalent (either face-to-face or online).
  • Facilitating one 50-75 minute workshop, seminar, or other learning experience within your area of expertise for UA students or UA affiliates (either face-to-face or online).

If you need support to assist in communicating about your need for teaching opportunities to advisors, colleagues, etc, this letter may help you ask for support in your department or college. 

When you are ready, click here to  submit your proposal, or copy and paste the following URL into your browser: