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College Teaching Graduate Certificate 

Program Description:

The College Teaching Certificate (CTC) provides a structured program in pedagogy for graduate students across campus who plan to teach in a college or university. Students study contemporary education research focused on higher education issues, as well as gain experience in the teaching and learning process through micro-teaching modules, field experience, peer observations, and a structured practicum.

Students enrolled in the College Teaching Graduate Certificate program must be concurrently enrolled in a graduate program leading to a degree. Prior to enrollment in the College Teaching Graduate Certificate program, students are advised to consult with the chair of their home department and then with the CTC program director to ensure that completion of the Field Experience (795) requirement will be possible.

Plan of Study:

There are two tracks of study students can follow in the College Teaching Certificate program. Track one is in the Arts and Humanities teaching and track two is in STEM teaching.

Track One: Arts and Humanities Teaching

Required Core Courses:

  • COMM 702 Introduction to College Teaching (3 CREDITS) 
    This course is designed to introduce students to pedagogical philosophy and practice in higher education. Ideally, students begin their certificate program with this course.
  • EDUC/XXXX* 795 Field Experience (3 CREDITS) 
    This field experience with weekly seminar is an opportunity for students to teach a course at the college level with structured guidance by a team of seasoned professionals. Arranged in pre-consultation with the chair of the student’s home department/program and the College Teaching Certificate Director.

In addition, students select at least 3 credits among these didactic courses:

Total Credits: 9

Track Two: STEM Teaching

Required Core Courses:

  • STEM 810 Teaching College Science (3 CREDITS)
  • HDFS 802 Teaching Developmental Science (3 CREDITS) 
    Introduction to research and theory on college teaching, including course preparation, grading, and classroom management. Emphasis on acquiring skills related to teaching in developmental science.
  • STEM/EDUC/XXXX* 795 Field Experience (3 CREDITS) 
    This field experience with weekly seminar is an opportunity for students to teach a course at the college level with structured guidance by a team of seasoned professionals. Arranged in pre-consultation with the chair of the student’s home department/program and the College Teaching Certificate Director.

The field experience requires a minimum of 15 face-to-face teaching hours, with the remaining credit hours to be dedicated to preparing lesson plans, evaluating student data, and developing assessments. The field experience will be designed in consultation with a faculty teaching mentor. Students will prepare a 2-page field experience proposal for approval from the home department chair, the STEM Track Supervisory Committee, and the CTC Director during the semester prior to the experience.

Total Credits: 9

* Refers to courses that have been cross-listed to be taken under a prefix in the student’s major field.

Frequently Asked Questions:

 

F.A.Q.s will be added soon.

Graduate Faculty Information:

Admissions Requirements:

To be admitted to the program, the applicant must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an educational institution of recognized standing.
  2. At the baccalaureate level, have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) in all courses of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Be a current degree-seeking student in a enrolled graduate program.

Applications should be submitted directly to the graduate school. Applications should specify the College Teaching Graduate Certificate program.

A printable pdf version of this program announcement is available here.

Contact Information:

 

NDSU Office of Teaching and Learning
Phone: 701-231-6336
Email: Paul.Kelter@ndsu.edu

NDSU Graduate School 
Phone: 701-231-7033
Email:ndsu.grad.school@ndsu.edu
Web: http://www.ndsu.edu/gradschool/


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Center for Science & Mathematics Education
FLC Suite 314 Dept. 2020
Tel: 701-231-7015
E-mail: ndsu.csme@ndsu.edu

Last Updated: Wednesday, November 25, 2015 10:49:02 AM