Certificate in College Teaching
The Certificate in College Teaching (CCT) is an experiential professional development program that prepares graduate students for college-level teaching. The curriculum will provide foundations in effective course design and inclusive teaching practices with opportunities to observe college instructors and engage in teaching experiences. Participants will also create important products to evidence their professional development and contribute to their future teaching applications. Completion of the CCT will enhance students' knowledge of learning theory and strengthen teaching skills, making them more competitive for teaching positions. Students who complete the CCT will have it listed on their transcripts as officially endorsed by UNC.
The CCT program is open to all graduate students at UNC. Priority will be given to doctoral students and MA students who hold a teaching position on campus. The CCT program takes two years to complete. Participants will go through a flexible curriculum, complete teaching observation(s) and teaching experience(s), and curate a teaching portfolio.
CCT Learning Outcomes
At the end of the Certificate in College Teaching program, participants will:
- Have received ongoing, systematic pedagogical training that supports:
- Knowledge of current best practices in teaching and learning in higher education.
- Appropriate use of inclusive pedagogy in higher education.
- Assessment and evaluation of student learning outcomes in higher education.
- Understand the importance of and have developed a teaching practice that emphasizes pedagogical metacognition (reflective and reflexive practices).
- Develop materials suitable for use in applying for teaching positions after graduation.
To achieve the learning outcomes participants must complete a variety of different activities that support the multiple program outcomes. Based on interest and schedules participants will choose a path through the certificate program by completing activities that support each program outcome. The curriculum is meant to provide flexibility to build on past experience and enhance teaching knowledge and skills. The curriculum will prepare participants to successfully complete the teaching observation and teaching experience requirements.
Teaching Observation and Experience
CCT Participants will engage in a teaching observation and a teaching experience. You must complete at least one observation of an instructor’s teaching within your discipline and complete a reflective prompt about the observation. You will also be required to complete at least one direct teaching experience that utilizes the information learned in the Curriculum portion of the program. If you do not have an official teaching assistantship, you will be able to participate in a mock classroom session or pair with a faculty mentor for whom you can provide a guest lecture.
The teaching portfolio is a compilation of work completed throughout the certificate program that indicates achievement of the learning outcomes. The portfolio is a digital portfolio through Canvas and serves as the culminating project of the CCT and materials suitable for applying to teaching positions after graduation.
CCT Advisors support program participants’ progress through the CCT program. The 2021-2022 advisors are:
- Victoria Duncan
- Dr. Molly Jameson
- Dylan Kreischer
- Dr. Lyda McCartin
- Dr. Cindy Wesley
Join the CCT Program
The application for the 2021-2022 CCT cohort opens on August 1, 2021.
Email CETL@unco.edu for questions about the Certificate in College Teaching.