Interested in earning a Certificate in College Teaching?? The primary goal of this area of emphasis is to allow graduate students the opportunity to learn and intern about the theory, practice and scholarship of college teaching and learning. Individuals are able to obtain the certificate while completing a degree in any department. If an interested individual is not admitted to a degree seeking program, one may complete the requirements by enrolling in postbaccalaureate non-degree status (G6) upon the director's approval.
An effective teacher requires knowledge of students as learners, teaching, discipline, context, and oneself as a teacher. The program is designed to explore these requirements and enhance the teaching experience of all graduate students pursuing careers in college or university setting.
Certificate Coursework Requirements - completion of 9 credit hours and a 3-hour credit internship experience for a total of 12 hours. The internship course (EDAD 684) should be taken as the last course. All students must have their proposals for Internship approved by the Certificate Coordinator and Ms. Joyce Nelson, Academic Advisor, before registering for classes.
Two required courses:
Choose two courses from the following:
Equivalent courses might be taken in place of listed courses, but must be approved by the certificate coordinator prior to registering for the course.
*Internship - completion of a 3-hour credit professional internship in a setting aligned with the goals of the certificate. Before the internship can begin, students must first complete the three required courses. Internship possibilities are set by the students experience and personal/professional areas of interests. Some possibilities include the following:
The Center for Teaching Excellence (http://cte.tamu.edu) provides undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to broaden their teaching experiences through internships. Students accepted for internships are mentored by Instructional Consultants as they engage in areas of teaching and learning. Areas may include but are not limited to:
• Development of web-based modules for the Texas A&M Faculty Teaching and Learning Portal (http://learning.tamu.edu)
• Coordination of the university’s Teaching Assistant Training program (http://cte.tamu.edu/content/what-we-do-you)
• Design and facilitation of workshops and learning communities supporting graduate student professional development in teaching. Design and facilitation of learning communities emphasizing innovative approaches to teaching such as inquiry-learning and Backward Design (Wiggins & McTighe, 2005)
• Projects related to the Faculty Peer Review of Teaching Initiative (http://provost.tamu.edu/initiatives/councils-task-forces-folder/faculty-performance-evaluation/faculty-performance-evaluation-task-force/FacEvalTaskForce9910.pdf)
• Projects related to the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime (http://provost.tamu.edu/initiatives/quality-enhancement-plan/TAMUQEPforWEB_021712.pdf)
New and creative ideas relating to teaching and learning are welcomed. Students applying for an internship in the CTE are encouraged to state their areas of interest, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Upon completion of the four course requirements, individuals must request the certificate to be processed by completing a request form and submitting it to the academic advisor, Joyce Nelson. Please refer to the Forms link for the request form.
For additional information, you may contact an graduate academic advisor.