College Teaching Development Program

The College Teaching Development Program is open to all faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students. We define teaching broadly (classes, mentoring, advising, etc.), and have designed these programs to meet varied goals. The program consists of two certificates:

  • The Certificate of Foundations in College Teaching

  • The Certificate of Practice in College Teaching

The two certificates are both standalone and can be completed in any order. The Practice Certificate can also be completed multiple times with different emphases. Below are descriptions, as well as the requirements to complete each certificate.

Certificate of Foundations in College Teaching

The Foundations Certificate uses workshop participation and reflection to provide an overview of evidence-based teaching practices and strategies. Participants will complete a series of four workshops organized by CIE, focusing on the fundamentals of college teaching. Following each workshop, participants, will complete a guided reflection relating the workshop material to their past, current, and future teaching and mentoring activities.

Requirements of the certificate:

  • Attend all four workshops in the foundational workshop series in a single iteration of the program (it will be offered at least once each semester).

  • Thoughtfully answer all reflection questions between each workshop.

  • Write an overall guided reflection following completion of the entire series of workshops.

Register for Foundations Certificate:

  • Summer Foundations Certificate Workshops, register here.

    • Schedule:

    • June 10: 11:30 am - 1 pm

    • June 12: 11:30 am - 1 pm

    • June 17: 11:30 am - 1 pm

    • June 19: 11:30 am - 1 pm

Certificate of Practice in College Teaching

The Practice Certificate is an inquiry-based, semester-long program that requires participants have a teaching role, broadly defined, during the semester or summer term in which they complete the certificate. Participants identify a challenge/opportunity that they will address that semester using evidence-based practices, in consultation with a faculty mentor of their choosing.

Participants may complete the Practice Certificate multiple times over different semesters, as long as they have a teaching role during that semester. Each time a participant completes the Practice Certificate, they must choose a different area of emphasis. Participants are encouraged to choose topics relevant to their specific teaching role; this can involve new mentoring practices in advising, a lab, or office hours; designing new assessments or learning activities; or enhancing a series of professional development workshops for colleagues.

The following are some examples of potential emphases: engagement, student motivation, assessment, diversity and inclusion, mentoring students, etc.

Requirements of the certificate

  • Submit a proposal (using the provided template) at least a week before the semester/term or your mentorship/advising project will begin.

    • Read and summarize several scholarly articles related to your topic.

    • Meet with a mentor at least three times during the semester to discuss your topic.

    • Apply what you have learned to your teaching.

  • Complete a guided reflection (using the provided template) on your experience addressing your challenge/opportunity this semester.

Practice Certificate Proposal Form (Download and fill out the form)

Register your interest here.

Submit proposal at least a week before the semester/term or your mentorship/advising project will begin to: teachercertificate@purdue.edu

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