All participants in the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching must complete GCOLL 511 (Teaching in Higher Education) and GCOLL 517 (College Teaching Portfolio). The remaining 3-4 credits can be earned in one of two tracks:
- The pedagogical development track includes a small teaching component (through GCOLL 514) where the student will have the experience of planning and facilitating four class periods. This track includes more time spent on exploring pedagogical strategies and their potential use and through GCOLL 516.
- The teaching track includes the mentored teaching or co-teaching of a 3-credit course (minimum) in the student’s home department or a closely related discipline.
Which track is right for you?
- The pedagogical development track may be a better choice for you if you don’t already have a teaching assignment as a graduate student or don’t have the time to commit to teaching or co-teaching a three credit course.
- The teaching track may be a better choice for you if you already have a teaching assignment as a graduate student (and can commit to the mentored teaching experience) or if you are planning to seek a faculty position upon graduation and are interested in gaining teaching experience.
Note: In order to be accepted for the teaching track, you must have identified a course to be taught prior to admission and have the support of the department chair in the department offering the course.