Certification in College Teaching

The Michigan State University Graduate Certification in College Teaching (CCT) is a collaborative program between the MSU Graduate School and colleges aimed at helping graduate students and postdocs grow in their teaching practice and communicate that practice to others via an e-portfolio.

The certification is designed so that participants engage in professional development workshops and seminars, coursework, and a mentored teaching experience to develop their teaching capacity in five main competency areas:

  • developing disciplinary teaching strategies
  • creating effective learning environments
  • incorporating technology in your teaching
  • understanding the university context
  • assessing student learning.

Some colleges have additional requirements.

The Certification in College Teaching Institute (CCTI) is an immersive two-day workshop that helps participants fulfill the workshop requirements from the Graduate School. The CCTI includes activities that help participants understand each of the five competency areas. Registration for the CCTI closes on May 4.

For more information on the Certification in College Teaching, you can visit https://grad.msu.edu/CCTP. The CCTI is sponsored annually by the Graduate School. If you’re interested in participating in the certificate program, your first step would be to contact your college-level certification coordinator who can answer any of your questions and get you started.

For a list of all the College Coordinators click https://grad.msu.edu/certification-college-teaching-college-contacts.