Certificate Program Structure
The Certificate in College Teaching is a 6-credit graduate program with all courses carrying graduate credit through Worcester State University. Courses may be taken individually, or as part of a six-credit program leading to a Certificate in College Teaching. Courses are offered in face-to-face, hybrid and fully online formats.
Seminar in College Teaching - a foundational course (2 credits) designed to acquaint participants with basic principles and theories of education and with instructional practices associated with effective college teaching. Course activities include readings, lectures, discussion and individual and group projects. Topics covered include an introduction to learning theories, cognitive development and motivation for learning; effective teaching skills such as lecturing, class discussion, active and cooperative learning, and use of instructional technology; evaluating student performance; and life as a college professor. The Seminar course serves as a prerequisite for other Certificate courses.
- 3 teaching methods electives (1 credit each, 3 credits total) representing a variety of teaching strategies and methodologies, such as
- CT 911: Teaching with Discussion
- CT 912: Legal Issues in College Teaching
- CT 913: Teaching with Technology
- CT 914: Learner-Centered Assessment
- CT 915: Designing Assignments & Activities to Promote Learning
- CT 916: Applying the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning to Enhance Classroom Effectiveness
- CT 917: Teaching with Writing
- CT 918: Developing and Teaching an Online Course
- CT 919: Teaching and Learning in a Diverse Classroom
- CT 920: Teaching with Cases
- CT 921: Mentoring Undergraduate Research
- Teaching in a Discipline: CT 931: Engineering, CT 932: Humanities, CT 933: Foreign Language, CT 934: Sciences
- CT 935: Universal Design for Learning
- CT 936: The Learner's Perspective: Engaging Students in Their Own Learning
- Practicum in College Teaching – a 1-credit capstone course culminating in a comprehensive teaching portfolio. (Acceptance into the certificate program and completion of the 5 credits of courses outlined above are required before taking the Practicum.)Note: Practicum proposals must be submitted no later than October 1 for a spring practicum.
- Practicum Application Form
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