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:

Foundation course work (6 credits)

  • 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)


Specialized course work and experiences (6 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) unit

Pre-approved Electives:


Supervised teaching internship (3 credits) [Prerequisite/Corequisite GRAD 560 and GRAD 561]

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


Capstone teaching portfolio (3 credits) [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 specialized course work will include student-selected course work, 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.

2018-2019 Academic Year Course Offerings

There is an ideal order that GCCUT core courses be taken in.  Please make note of the prerequisites listed in the "Notes/Restrictions" column. 

Link to calendar of courses with the GRAD designator