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Teaching Requirement

The requirements for the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching include the mentored teaching of a college course.  However, there are different levels of commitment and involvement possible:

  • In GCOLL 514 (part of the pedagogy track), you will guest teach for two weeks in a course.  You are responsible for planning and facilitating four class sessions, as well as assessing student learning during those class periods.""
  • In GCOLL 512 (part of the teaching track), you will co-teach a semester-long course.  You should work with your co-instructor on the design of the course, including the course learning outcomes and assessment strategies (formative and summative).  You should also take the lead on approximately half of the class sessions, planning and facilitating the classes, as well as assessing student learning during those class periods.
  • In GCOLL 513 (part of the teaching track), you have full responsibility for a semester-long course.  You will  design the course, including the course learning outcomes and assessment strategies (formative and summative).  You will also have full responsibility for planning and facilitating the class sessions, as well as assessing student learning throughout the course.

Other important information about the teaching requirement:

  • Before enrolling in GCOLL 514, 512, or 513, you must have arranged with an instructor or department chair who is willing to let the student guest teach, co-teach, or have full course responsibility.  The arrangement must also be approved by the program coordinator.  
  • The course taught as part of GCOLL 512 or GCOLL 513 should be a minimum of 3 credits; ideally the course is a non-laboratory course, but some lab courses may be suitable for one of the two tracks with prior approval.
  • For students in the teaching track, successful completion of GCOLL 511 and support from GCOLL 511 instructor(s) is needed to continue in the teaching track (i.e., to enroll in GCOLL 512 or 513).
  • It is expected that the teaching experience gained through GCOLL 513 will be compensated appropriately (e.g., hired as a teaching assistant or adjunct).