College Teaching Certificate
Colleges and universities are expecting potential and future faculty hires to be equally skilled in the practice of research and teaching. Since 2001, the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource has offered a College Teaching Certificate Program for masters and doctoral level graduate students across the university who are interested in learning about the scholarship of teaching and learning, and documenting these professional development efforts for potential employers. What can the certificate do for students?:
- Colleges and universities are looking for faculty skilled in teaching. Even research universities want developed teaching skills so new faculty can focus on their research.
- Documenting teaching and other professional development efforts for potential employers can make candidates more competitive.
- A survey of junior faculty published in the Chronicle of Higher Education revealed that documentation (e.g., experience teaching and/or e-portfolio) was indeed helpful in the job talk process.
- Student’s ability and confidence to provide engaging classroom experiences for all students is enhanced.
Who can obtain the College Teaching Certificate?
- Graduate students in ALL departments within the university or
- Non-degree seeking students can enroll with the Coordinator’s approval if they have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Those who are not current TAMU students, must complete the non-degree seeking student application on the Admissions web site after contacting the Certificate Coordinator. For questions about the application process, contact the advisor.
Admissions: There is no admissions deadline and the beginning course, the college teaching certificate is offered every fall and spring semester. Students can begin any semester.
The certificate requires nine credit hours and a three-hour internship experience, for a total of 12 credit hours. Upon completion of the four-course requirements, students must request the certificate to be processed by completing the request form below and submitting it to the EAHR Graduate Advising Office in 563 HarringtonTower.
Required courses (9 credit hours):
- EDAD 601 College Teaching
Choose two courses from the following:
- EDAD 602 Community College
- EDAD 603 Advanced Student Development Theory
- EDAD 669 The College Student
- EHRD 616 Methods of Teaching Adults
- EHRD 630 Adult Learning
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 (3 credit hours):
- EDAD 684 Internship*
* The internship (EDAD 684) should be taken as the last course. All students are required to have their internships approved by the Certificate Coordinator before registering for classes.
In their internship, students have the opportunity to apply the course readings, lectures, and assignments in real world experiences. Each internship is a unique learning experience tailored to move that students to the next level as a scholar. Towards that goal, this course has two main components: effective college teaching internship experiences and student self-reflection on their college teaching.
- Co-teach an undergraduate or graduate class with a qualified supervisor.
- Observe and consult with at least five Teaching Award Winning Faculty in the college classroom.
- Work or co-teach with a faculty mentor that is a Teaching Award Winning Faculty in community colleges and universities in the surrounding area.
- Work with faculty development professionals in the Texas A&M University Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) in different areas.
- Conduct research in the area of faculty development and/or college teaching issues in higher education.
- Work with professionals to learn more about faculty and TA development issues in higher education.
- The Center for Teaching Excellence provides 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.
- New and creative ideas relating to teaching and learning are welcomed.
Students who have co-taught a course ideally are involved in course planning, syllabus development, course deliver, and student assessment. The experience should be more than just observation. Students are encouraged to find a supervisor/co-teacher in their subject area of expertise.
- 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
- 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
- Projects related to the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP): Aggies Commit to Learning for a Lifetime
- Worked with/shadowed a university program faculty in the process of curriculum revision or program review.
- 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.