Certification in College Teaching
The University Graduate Certification in College Teaching (CCT), an initiative of the Michigan State University Graduate School, in partnership with MSU Colleges, helps graduate students organize, develop, and document their teaching experiences. Through a series of focused workshops, a class on disciplinary teaching methods, and a mentored project, participants will build and consolidate their preparation for college and university teaching. The program culminates in an e-portfolio that will help students prepare for academic job interviews and plan for their professional development as early career faculty.
What are the goals and benefits of this program?
Most new faculty will have had advanced training in their discipline and some teaching experience, but few will have participated in programs that prepare them for a career in higher education. As competition for faculty positions increases, graduate students who are well prepared as researchers will also need to demonstrate careful preparation as teachers and colleagues.
How do I get started?
- Review the CCT details for your college. Please note that this is a program administered by the MSU Graduate School in conjunction with your specific college (or department), and individual processes may differ slightly.
- Agriculture and Natural Resources: http://www.canr.msu.edu/current_students/graduate/graduate_teaching_certificate
- Arts and Letters: http://gradcerts.cal.msu.edu/
- Communication Arts and Sciences: http://www.cas.msu.edu/276-Certificate-Program-in-Teaching
- Education (KIN Only): http://www.education.msu.edu/kin/grad/gradhandbook/tcpp.asp
- Engineering: http://www.egr.msu.edu/academics/graduate/certification-in-college-teaching-program
- Natural Science: http://ns.msu.edu/index.php/admissions/graduate-studies-in-physical-mathematical-and-life-sciences/certification-in-teaching/
- Nursing: http://www.nursing.msu.edu/Students/Special%20Programs/CertificateCollegeTeaching.htm
- Social Science: Website currently being revised, for further information please contact Dr. DeBrenna Agbenyiga (Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Inclusion) at: DeBrenna.Agbenyiga@ssc.msu.edu
How do I complete, and what will I have at the end?
The final teaching portfolio, documenting participation in required activities and reflection on the core competency areas, will be submitted to your college Graduate Associate Dean, who will then forward it to The Graduate School (hard copies to 479 W. Circle Dr, 118 Linton Hall or electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org) for evaluation. Completion of the program will be recognized by a notation on the MSU transcript.
NOTE: ALL PORTFOLIOS MUST INCLUDE A COMPLETED PORTFOLIO CHECKLIST (http://grad.msu.edu/collegeteaching/docs/Portfolio%20Checklist.pdf).
CERTIFICATION IN COLLEGE TEACHING: MOVING THROUGH THE PROGRAM