College Teaching Development Program

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The College Teaching Development Program is open to all Purdue West Lafayette faculty/graduate students/postdocs/staff, Purdue Polytechnic Statewide, and Purdue Global faculty/instructors/staff. We define teaching broadly (classes, mentoring, advising, etc.), and have designed these programs to meet varied goals. The program is offered by the Center for Instructional Excellence (CIE) and consists of two tracks:

  • The Certificate of Foundations in College Teaching
  • The Certificate of Practice in College Teaching

The tracks 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 provides an overview of evidence-based teaching practices and strategies. This program is an online program. Participants are expected to engage with peers through asynchronous online activities as they explore central topics in college teaching. Participants will also reflect on concepts, experiences, and applications at the end of each topic. Core topics include:

  1. Making Learning Accessible
  2. Assessing Student Learning
  3. Creating a Learner-Centered Environment
  4. Applying the Science of Teaching and Learning

The next offering of the Certificate of Foundations in College Teaching program will be in Fall 2024 as we are taking time to reflect and revise the program. Please check back a couple months prior for registration details. If you’re interested in viewing the content of the current program in the interim, please email

For immediate needs, please visit Teaching at Purdue.

Another program that may be of interest is IMPACT Week (offered in May 2024).

For additional needs/concerns please reach out to us if we can be of assistance in the meantime.

Certificate of Practice in College Teaching

The Certificate of Practice 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 an appropriate mentor of their choosing.

Participants may complete the Certificate of Practice multiple times over different semesters, as long as they have a teaching role during that semester. Each time a participant completes the 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 of Practice

  • Please submit a proposal (using the template provided below) by Week 2 of the current semester, which is January 22nd, 2024.
    • Read and summarize several scholarly articles related to your topic/project.
    • 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 in Brightspace) on your experience addressing your challenge/opportunity this semester.

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

Submit your proposal by Week 2 of the current semester which is January 22nd, 2024, to:

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