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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.

What should I do if I am interested in this program?

First, please go to the Teaching Resources page on the Career Success web site and click on the Certification in College Teaching tab at the top of the page. Here you will find answers to the following questions:

  • How do I get started?
  • How do I complete, and what will I have at the end?
  • How should I organize my portfolio? What should I include?
  • How will my portfolio be evaluated?
  • Where can I get copies of the documents included in the binder of the latest Certification in College Teaching Institute?

Second, contact your Certification in College Teaching Coordinator to get details about what your College requires for Certification. A list of College Coordinators can be found here.

You can also e-mail any questions you may have to .

Last Modified: 6/18/2015

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