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Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching

The deadline for priority consideration for Fall 2014 enrollment has passed (April 15). Late applications (link) will be reviewed and considered if spaces remain after considering on-time applicants' materials. For specific questions about submitting an application please contact Dr. Jessica White.


The 18-credit Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching (GCCUT) is designed to provide advanced coursework and experiential learning opportunities to students who plan to pursue careers in teaching in higher education settings or who plan to pursue careers in other fields that may require similar facilitation skills. Students completing the Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching will receive a formal, transcript-visible credential. The certificate will be granted through the Graduate School.

The Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching is designed to be completed in two years, and may be done in conjunction with a concurrent graduate degree or on its own as a standalone (without an accompanying graduate degree) certificate. Current OSU graduate students, prospective OSU graduate students, and those who intend to complete the certificate as a standalone experience are eligible to apply.

Curriculum

All students in the Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching are required to complete the following 18 credits:

  • Core coursework (8 credits)
    • AHE 553: Adult Learning and Development (4 credits)
    • AHE 547: Instructional Strategies for Adult Learners (4 credits)
  • Specialized coursework and experiences (4 credits), specific selection of which will be determined by students and may include approved discipline-specific teaching-related course(s) and/or approved workshops/symposia offered by OSU’s Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and Technology Across the Curriculum (TAC) units
  • Supervised teaching internship (3 credits) [Prerequisite/Corequisite AHE 547 and AHE 553]
    • GRAD 610: Internship in College and University Teaching (3 credits)
  • Capstone teaching portfolio (3 credits) [Prerequisite AHE 547 and AHE 553]
    • GRAD 607: Capstone Seminar in College and University Teaching (3 credits)

Core courses will focus on educational/learning theory and instructional strategies for working with adult learners. The specialized coursework will include student-selected coursework, workshops, and/or other approved experiences appropriate to the student’s field of study. The supervised teaching internship will allow students to engage in and reflect upon supervised teaching experiences to practice and refine instructional skills. The capstone teaching portfolio will provide a culminating professional development experience for students and include the development of a teaching portfolio.

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete all experiences associated with the graduate certificate will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • Describe and discuss key theories and principles of learning and development in adulthood
  • Develop a college and university course, including the creation of a course syllabus with learning outcomes, a plan for assessing student learning, and related and engaging instructional activities
  • Design and deliver quality instructional activities to college and university students and make changes to instruction in response to feedback from students, peers, and colleagues
  • Identify key instructional issues or trends within a specific discipline or area of professional interest
  • Conduct a self-appraisal of instructional skills, identify areas of improvement, and articulate a philosophy of teaching

Coursework Timeline

Below is a tentative timeline for certificate course offerings.

Course

Will Tentatively Be Offered

GRAD 553 - Adult Learning and Development Fall Term
AHE 547 - Instructional Strategies for Adult Learners Winter Term
GRAD 610 - Internship in College and University Teaching Winter, Spring Terms
GRAD 607 - Capstone Seminar in College and University Teaching Spring, Summer Terms

Contact

Questions about the Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching should be directed to:

Dr. Jessica White
Director, Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching
3018 Cordley Hall
541.737.8576