The specific requirements vary for each of our programs, however the general requirements follow the Certification in College Teaching Program outlined by the MSU Graduate School - http://grad.msu.edu/collegeteaching/
Each of our certificates has the general requirements outlined below, for specific requirements please see our Programs page.
Coursework requirements vary by program, but each of the programs requires a certain amount of credit-bearing coursework to give the student an academic background to the areas covered in the certificate program.
Following the Graduate School's requirement for a professional development component, each of our certificates requires students to attend professional development sessions during their enrollment in the certificate program. Each session must be followed by a critical reflection paper that students include in their portfolio (see below) and the sessions must cover the following areas:
- 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
Students participating in the graduate certificate in college teaching are also required to complete a mentored teaching/course design experience. This component of the certificate brings the graduate students together with a faculty member to engage in active and critical discussion about their teaching and learning practices. More than simply a mentored experience, the student will be required to critically reflect on this experience and produce a project reflecting the teaching strategies they employed during this period, discussions they had with their mentor teacher, and any outcomes from the project. This work may take the form of a scholarship of teaching and learning project, an action research project, or simply a sustained and focused conversation on a certain topic in teaching.
This is expected to be an electronic portfolio. This portfolio will be a comprehensive collection of your work through the certificate program including reflection papers, coursework, and your mentored teaching experience project. This portfolio will be reviewed by the College and by the Graduate School as the capstone to your participation in this program.