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Requirements for Certificate of College Teaching Development

REQUIREMENTS:  Certificate of College Teaching Development – Foundational Knowledge  

This certificate focuses on building a pedagogical foundation in the discipline of teaching.  It is provided in an interactive, online format using Graduate and Professional Student Teaching Pedagogical Competencies as the organizational framework. These competencies were developed by the Graduate Teaching Competencies Consortium through the Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD). 

Graduate and Professional Student Teaching Pedagogical Competencies

“What do graduate students need to do to be successful teachers?”

  1. Graduate and professional students will gain knowledge of how people learn and how to teach consistent with these principles of learning, using a variety of techniques appropriate for the discipline, level, and learning context.
  2. Graduate and professional students will learn how to consistently set and communicate learning goals and expectations, both for individual class sessions and the overall course, that are appropriate for the discipline, level, learning context, and the institutional curriculum.
  3. Graduate and professional students will learn how to teach with attention to diversity, inclusion of multiple perspectives, and demographics so that every student has the opportunity to learn. 
  4. Graduate and professional students will learn how to assess student learning responsibly, equitably, and in alignment with learning goals, and use the results to enhance student learning. 
  5. Graduate and professional students will use evidence-based pedagogical approaches specific to the discipline and which facilitate student learning of disciplinary content. 
  6. Graduate and professional students will learn to assess and improve their own teaching performance through inquiry-based practice informed by a community of scholarly teachers.

This online certificate process allows participants a self-paced environment using an open-sourced learning platform involving interactive modules. Participants select and view videos of faculty teaching and reflecting on their teaching with the purpose of building pedagogical knowledge. Each video is supplemented with expert classroom considerations, relevant research, and related resources. After viewing videos, participants will reflect and write concise belief statements for each pedagogical competency based on their personal experiences, prior knowledge, and new pedagogical knowledge gained from viewing selected videos and accessing supplemental research and resources. 

Certificate completion is fulfilled once participants reflect on their six competency-based belief statements to develop a comprehensive Teaching Philosophy Statement and complete an interview with a member of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning staff. Interviews will focus on the participant’s developmental gains in pedagogical knowledge during the completion of the pedagogical competency-based modules. Interviews can be conducted in face-to-face or virtual formats. 

To begin the Certificate of College Teaching Development - Foundational Knowledge, please email Dr. Shelly Bayer to request access to the online certificate course: Shelly.Bayer@sdstate.edu 

 

REQUIREMENTS:  Certificate of College Teaching Development – Practice I

After earning the Certificate of College Teaching Development – Foundational Knowledge, there is an opportunity to pursue the Certificate of College Teaching Development – Practice I. This certificate focuses on applying evidence-based teaching practices and building reflective habits regarding teaching effectiveness. Graduate and Professional Student Teaching Pedagogical Competencies will continue to be emphasized.

Those pursuing the Certificate of College Teaching Development – Practice I need to complete the following requirements:

  • Complete a Teaching Observation and feedback session with a member of the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning staff. Teaching Observations need to be requested during the first three weeks of the semester. To schedule a Teaching Observation, email Shelly.Bayer@sdstate.edu and indicate your teaching schedule and location. 
  • Administer two Teaching Observations using the CETL Observing a Teacher Forms (1,2, and 3) as guides. Teaching Observations can be done on graduate teaching assistants or faculty, and you should communicate effectively to the teacher being observed regarding the purpose of the observation and the expected follow-up after the observation has been completed. Completed CETL Teaching Observation templates are to be signed and submitted once follow-up sessions are conducted. The CETL Teaching Observation Forms provide details. 
  • Participate in one Micro-Teaching Session provided by the CETL office. Micro-Teaching Sessions will be offered each semester. You will be required to present a micro-lesson, as well as provide feedback to other presenters. Micro-Teaching Sessions will be promoted in the GTA Weekly Bulletin and CETL website, where additional details will be provided. 
  • Participate in a minimum of six (6) Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Graduate Teaching Assistants Workshops (Note: GTA Orientation is included as a workshop.). Each semester’s workshops are promoted in the GTA Weekly Bulletin, as well as on the CETL website. 
  • Develop three (3) artifacts with justification and reflection depicting experience or mastery of Graduate and Professional Student Teaching Pedagogical Competencies or Theory and Research-based Principles of Learning from Ambrose et al. (2010).

The Certificate of College Teaching Development – Practice I is self-paced. Certificate completion is fulfilled once all artifacts and reflective documents are submitted and acknowledged by a CETL staff member. 

 

REQUIREMENTS:  Certificate of College Teaching Development – Practice II

After earning the Certificate of College Teaching Development – Foundational Knowledge and Certificate of College Teaching Development – Practice I, there is an opportunity to pursue the Certificate of College Teaching Development – Practice II. This certificate focuses on applying evidence-based teaching practices, building reflective habits regarding teaching effectiveness, and disseminating knowledge gained from those experiences. Graduate and Professional Student Teaching Pedagogical Competencies will continue to be emphasized.

Those pursuing the Certificate of College Teaching Development – Practice II need to complete the following requirements:

  • Develop and facilitate two (2) trainings using evidence-based teaching strategies. An observation and feedback session must be completed on one of the trainings by a CETL staff member. 
  • Develop, administer, and disseminate a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) project.

The Certificate of College Teaching Development – Practice II is self-paced. Once a participant has completed the certificate requirements, it is expected that an exit interview with CETL staff will be scheduled. The purpose of the exit interview will be to reflect on the certificate process and developmental teaching growth.

 

REQUIREMENT DEADLINES for Certificates of College Teaching Development

At the end of each spring semester, a ceremony honoring those who have completed the requirements for any of the Certificates of College Teaching Development will be held. 

To be eligible for these distinctions, please abide by the following deadline:

Academic Year 2019-2020 Deadline for Submittals                     Monday, April 13, 2020

Certification Ceremony for Academic Year 2019-2020                 Friday, May 1, 2020