Are courses offered online or site-based at the OSU campus in Corvallis?
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.
If you are a current OSU graduate student at the Corvallis campus pursuing a concurrent degree or if you reside near the Corvallis campus and are able to complete all of your coursework/attend classes in Corvallis, you are encouraged to apply for the site-based version of the certificate. Applications for the site-based version of the program are typically made available in January with an admission deadline in April. Admitted students begin with other members of their cohort in September each year.
If you reside in a location where completing all of your coursework/attending classes in Corvallis is impractical, not feasible, or simply not preferred (this includes, perhaps, current OSU graduate students at campuses beyond Corvallis), you are encouraged to apply for the online version of the certificate. Applications for the online version of the certificate are accepting on a rolling basis and admitted students may begin their coursework during any term. For information specific to the online GCCUT, visit the Ecampus GCCUT website.
Can I enroll in the GCCUT at the same time as another degree?
Yes, you can complete the GCCUT concurrently with another degree at OSU. If you are already pursuing another degree at OSU, when applying you will need to submit a certificate request form in addition to the Supplemental Application (see the "To Apply" page). However, you may not begin both GCCUT and another degree in the same term.
Can I enroll in the GCCUT as my only degree?
Yes, you can also complete the GCCUT as a standalone degree at OSU or concurrently with another degree at a different institution. In this case you will need to submit a general Graduate School application (see the Admissions page of the Graduate School website), in addition to the GCCUT Supplemental Application.
What is meant by the "Supplemental Application?"
The Supplemental Application is a form specific to the GCCUT program, which allows us to solicit the information we need to make informed admissions decisions. Please note that the Supplemental Application is required in addition to general admission to the OSU Graduate School.
As outlined above, if you are already an OSU graduate student, you only need to submit a certificate request form in addition to the Supplemental Application. If you are not already an OSU graduate student, you will need to apply to the university but do no need to complete the Supplemental Application.
What if I don't want to teach in a higher education setting?
In the GCCUT curriculum, we approach the concept of teaching broadly, as we realize that not everyone who applies wishes to teach at a college or university for their career. The program prepares you to facilitate learning with adults in a variety of contexts, and much of the coursework and assignments can be tailored to the type of teaching you envision doing in the future.
Does this have to take me two years? Can I do it in less?
The program is designed to be completed in 1-2 years. It is possible to complete the GCCUT in one year, and a number of students from each cohort have managed to do so. That said, the certificate does require 18 credits, which can be a significant time commitment in conjunction with a concurrent degree, employment, and/or other responsibilities. Applicants should be prepared to dedicate the appropriate amount of time and effort toward the certificate, especially if attempting to complete it in one year.
Depending on your individual situation, a few factors can potentially contribute to "fast-tracking" the certificate. First, up to six credits may be transferred from another institution to count toward the certificate (see next question). Second, the online sections of GRAD 560 and 561 are open to all graduate students and students may complete one or both of these courses prior to applying to GCCUT. Last, if pursuing a concurrent degree at OSU, courses may also count towards your primary degree if they are approved by your home department and deemed applicable to your program of study. However, it is important to note that you may only complete up to 6 credits of course work towards GCCUT requirements (this includes both core courses and electives) prior to the official term of admission.
What if I’ve already taken some teaching-related coursework?
Students are allowed to transfer up to six credits of coursework to count toward the certificate. These courses must satisfy the requirements laid out by the Graduate School (see policy here). In addition, these courses must satisfy the program learning outcomes, and supporting evidence may be requested to this end. If these courses are not already pre-approved OSU courses (see the list here) that have been reviewed and approved to count as elective credits, students may petition for them to do so. Petitions for transfer courses from other institutions will be considered only after a student has been admitted to the program. More information on transfer credits and petitions can be found in the GCCUT Student Handbook.
I missed the application deadline. What are my options?
You may submit a late application, but when making admissions decisions we give priority consideration to on-time applicants. In practice this means that all on-time applications are assessed first, admission decisions are made, and if space still allows late applications may be reviewed. Applicants are permitted to apply again in subsequent years and also have the option in some cases to enroll as a non-GCCUT student in select courses in the meantime.
Will I have to pay out of pocket if I’m already an OSU graduate student?
If you are already an OSU graduate student on a tuition remission (GTA or GRA) or fellowship, you typically will not have to pay out of pocket for credits, although you will want to confirm this with the unit that funds you. As such, the GCCUT is an excellent opportunity to make the most of your time here at OSU, by gaining further credentials while working toward your primary degree.
How much will it cost if I do the GCCUT as a standalone degree?
The GCCUT consists of 18 credits of graduate coursework. As tuition can vary depending on the year (and other factors), you may use the tuition information provided by the university to estimate the cost for these credits. For those considering pursuing the online Ecampus version of the GCCUT consulting with these tuition comparison tables will be helpful.
For the Corvallis campus/site-based version of the program I see there are two sections of some courses. What is the difference between these?
Each academic year there are at least two sections of each required core class offered. Please be sure to choose the appropriate section given the delivery format to which you applied and were admitted (001 sections for site-based/Corvallis students and 004 sections for online students). Please note that these courses will tentatively follow the same schedule each year.
For GRAD 560 and 561, the first time the course is offered (GRAD 560 in Fall; GRAD 561 in Winter) is restricted to students officially enrolled in the GCCUT program, while the second offering (GRAD 560 in Winter; GRAD 561 in Spring) is open to any and all graduate students in good standing (space permitting). Students who have taken either course prior to officially enrolling in the program can automatically have these courses count for the GCCUT requirements if accepted at a later time.
What are the electives? What courses satisfy elective requirements?
In addition to the core courses, the GCCUT requires six credits of elective coursework, which can be used to further focus the GCCUT coursework to your own discipline or future career directions. Several OSU courses have already been approved to satisfy elective credits (see the list here), but others may be petitioned to count as elective credit, assuming they sufficiently satisfy the program learning outcomes and are approved by the GCCUT Director.
What does the internship portion of the GCCUT involve?
In conjunction with program requirements, all GCCUT students must register for and successfully complete GRAD 610: Internship in College and University Teaching. This course is intended to support students in their hands-on instructional experiences, where they are encouraged to hone their skills and reflect upon their teaching in thoughtful, purposeful ways under the guidance of a university faculty member.
Internship teaching experiences must be concurrent with GRAD 610. In other words, students must be engaged in the teaching related to the internship while enrolled in GRAD 610. Previous teaching experiences will not satisfy the experiential component of this course.
So that students may maximize their learning, and for course assignments to be relevant and beneficial to all learners, all internship experiences must involve (1) Significant involvement in the course curriculum (e.g. syllabus design, lesson plan design, authorship of lectures); (2) Planning and facilitation of at least three class sessions including the development of lesson plans and instructional materials for these sessions; (3) Evaluation of at least one major student assignment, preferably one that includes a written component; (4) Opportunity for others to observe your teaching.
Internship experiences may be located at Oregon State University, but may also occur at another college, university, community college, or approved higher education environment. Internships may include activities associated with a traditional paid GTA assignment on the OSU campus or with other paid employment opportunities and responsibilities.
Does my Graduate Teaching Assistantship at OSU count as my internship? What if I don't have the opportunity to teach?
If you have a Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) at OSU (e.g., in your home department), this does not automatically satisfy the internship requirement of the course, although it is likely to count as your internship experience (pending instructor approval as per the course syllabus). In this case, however, the GTA experience is not sufficient for GRAD 610 credit on its own, as the course also consists of assignments related to preparing for, participating in, and reflecting on this teaching experience with your peers and the course instructor. If you do not already have a teaching opportunity associated with your work, several options exist at the OSU campus that have been pre-approved as satisfying the internship requirement of GRAD 610. More information on the internship and pre-approved options can be found in the GCCUT Student Handbook.
Does this certificate license me to teach in higher education settings?
The GCCUT is not an official license or certification to practice teaching in higher education, as no such licensure exists for post-secondary education. Rather, the GCCUT is a Graduate Certificate, which can be thought of as an 18-credit university credential. While not required to teach in higher education, having an official degree will provide transcript-visible evidence that you have studied and invested in your teaching in an official academic capacity.