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College Teaching Certificate

Program and Application Information
Program Director:Dr. Paul Kelter
Department Location:Center for Science & Math Education, FLC 314
Department Phone:(701) 231-6336
Degrees Offered: Certificate (Students enrolled in the CTC program must be concurrently enrolled in a graduate program leading to a degree.)

Program Description

The Graduate Certificate Programs in College Teaching (CTC) provide a structured program in pedagogy for NDSU graduate students from across campus who plan to teach in a college or university. Students study contemporary education research focused on higher education issues, as well as gain experience in the teaching and learning process through microteaching modules, field experience, peer observations, and a structured practicum.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to the program, the applicant must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an educational institution of recognized standing.
  2. At the baccalaureate level, have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) in all courses of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applications should be submitted directly to the graduate school.
  3. Be a current degree-seeking student in a enrolled graduate program.
Foundation Courses (Choose one)
COMM 702Introduction to College Teaching in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
HDFS 802Teaching Developmental Science3
STEM 810Teaching College Science3
Electives (Choose one)
AHSS 796Special Topics (Emerging Trends in Teaching and Learning Online)3
EDUC 728Instructional Technology for Teaching and Learning3
EDUC 753Managing/ and Monitoring Learning (*)3
EDUC 851Adult Learning3
STEM 820STEM Curriculum and Instruction3
Required Teaching Practicum
EDUC 792Graduate Teaching Experience (**)3
or EDUC 892 Graduate Teaching Experience
Electronic Teaching Portfolio

*Refers to courses cross-listed to be taken under a prefix in the student's major field.

**This experience requires a minimum of 15 face-to-face teaching hours, with the remaining credit hours to be dedicated to preparing lesson plans, evaluating student data, and developing assessments. The field experience will be designed in consultation with a faculty teaching mentor. Students will prepare a 2-page field experience proposal for approval from the home department chair, the STEM Track Supervisory Committee, and the CTC Director during the semester prior to the experience.