GCCUT Program 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 course or comprehensive learning experience intended for adult learners, 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 adult learners and revise instruction in response to feedback from students, peers, and colleagues
  • Identify key instructional issues, trends, ethical issues, and compelling research questions for future investigation toward a greater understanding of adult learning
  • Conduct self-appraisal and peer review of instructional skills, identify successes and areas of improvement, and articulate a philosophy of teaching


All students in the Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching, whether onsite or online, are required to complete the following 18 credits:

Core course work (12 credits)

Foundation courses

  • GRAD 560: Theories of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (3 credits)
  • GRAD 561: Course Design and Methods for College and University Teaching (3 credits)

Supervised teaching internship [Prerequisite/Corequisite GRAD 560 and GRAD 561]

  • GRAD 610: Internship in College and University Teaching (3 credits)

Capstone teaching portfolio [Prerequisite GRAD 560 and GRAD 561]

  • GRAD 607: Capstone Seminar in College and University Teaching (3 credits)

Foundation courses will focus on educational/learning theory and instructional strategies for working with adult learners. 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.

Please note that students are expected to find their own teaching experiences for the internship and will not be placed in one by the program.

Elective course work (6 credits)

Specialized course work and experiences, 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).

Pre-approved Electives:

Site-based and Ecampus Programs

The GCCUT exists as both a site-based (at the OSU campus in Corvallis) and online program (via OSU Ecampus). While aligned in terms of content and coursework, these two programs are separate entities, and students are committed to completing the program's 12 credits of core course work in the version (site-based or online) to which they applied and were admitted. The six credits of elective course work may be completed either on-site or online, regardless of program version.

2020-2021 Academic Year Course Offerings

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