Humanities Certificate in College Teaching
The Certificate in College Teaching is a voluntary program to prepare graduate students in the College of Arts and Letters for careers in post-secondary education while enhancing the quality of their teaching at Michigan State University. Designed to provide background and training in teaching at the college level, the program includes coursework, workshops, and seminars that provide basic information on teaching and learning.
In addition, the program requires a mentored teaching experience and the development of a teaching portfolio. Part of the purpose of the program is to prepare graduate students to teach in a range of institutions such as community colleges, liberal arts colleges, research-intensive universities, etc.
The program is designed to supplement the studentʼs degree program, and it may be tailored to meet the needs and goals of individual participants. The program provides coherence for the varied teaching experiences students gain as part of their careers as graduate students.
This certification program offers students a way of documenting their developing expertise as teachers. The materials developed in the teaching portfolio, along with the certificate and possibility of designation on the studentʼs transcript, may assist graduates seeking employment in an increasingly competitive job market.
Registration for the Program
Interested students should complete the Registration Form on this website. Once your application is approve you may start working on requirements for the certificate.
- AL891: Special Topics in Arts and Humanities: Practicum in Blended and Online Learning (3 cr.) (Offered Fall Every Year)
In this seminar, the students explore current theories and practices related to online teaching and learning as well as work toward constructing a blended/online course of their own.
A series of workshops on blended and online learning (students choosing this option must have their work in this area approved by the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies)
- A discipline-specific course (1-3 cr.)
Course focusing on teaching and learning in their own discipline(students will work with their advisor/committee chair to determine the proper course)
AL 881: Teaching with Technology (1-3 cr.) (Generally offered Every Summer)
- Course Design and Pedagogy Seminar
In this non-credit seminar, the students carry out and share independent research to expand their knowledge base of current issues and practices in course/curriculum design. This seminar is generally offered in the Spring of each year.
FIVE workshops from the Graduate School TAP offerings or other approved workshops (selected with the advice and approval of the office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and the studentʼs faculty advisor). Critical reflection papers on each of these workshops must be included in the comprehensive portfolio. The workshops will address the five fundamental areas outlined by the MSU Graduate School:
- Adult Students as Learners/Creating Learning Environments
- Discipline-Related Teaching Strategies
- Assessment of Learning
- Technology in the Classroom
- Professional Development/Understanding the University
Mentored Teaching/Course Design Experience
The mentored teaching experience is designed to bring together graduate student teachers with faculty, to encourage active and critical discussions about teaching and learning, and to encourage innovative teaching practices. The certification candidate serves as an assistant/consultant to a faculty member in the studentʼs discipline who is designing or re-designing a blended course (blending classroom and on-line components). The student may at the same time be serving as a TA for that course in its current version, but will have their work assignment adjusted to accommodate time spent in the designing/re-designing project. During their second enrollment in the AL891: Special Topics in Arts and Humanities: Course Design seminar the student will critically reflect on this experience and produce a paper outlining and reflecting upon the specific strategies they employed during this portion of the certificate program.
The portfolio will document the courses and workshops taken and include written critical reflections. It will include course materials developed in the Course Design Experience and a written evaluation of the studentʼs work by the faculty member involved. It will also include the paper on curriculum development and course design written for the special topics on course design.
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