Graduate Certificate in College Teaching

The Graduate Certificate in College Teaching provides the necessary coursework and supervised experiences to prepare graduate students for careers in post-secondary education.

The Certificate is available to ALL University of Iowa Ph.D., or other terminal degree, students enrolled in the Graduate College. A minimum of 12 semester hours is required for the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching.

In order to earn a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching, the course work requirements from each of the 3 Categories must be completed. A minimum of 12 semester hours is required for the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching. Previous teaching experience will not be permitted to waive any of these requirements.

Steps to Complete the Graduate Teaching Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in College Teaching is available to all University of Iowa Ph.D., or other terminal degree, students. In order to earn a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching, the course work requirements from each of the 3 Categories must be completed. A minimum of 12 semester hours is required for the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching. Previous teaching experience will not be permitted to waive any of these requirements.

Registration

Completing the Three-Part Program

Certificate of Completion

Important Documents and Forms

Registration

It is critical to register for the program so we can best assure there will be sufficient sections and seating in the classes during the semester in which you plan to enroll.

  1. Fill out the online registration form (log in with your HawkID and password).
  2. Complete the Background Information and Plan of Study sections.
  3. PRINT hardcopy for your advisor’s signature.
  4. Submit completed form electronically.
  5. Drop off or mail the signed form to:
    Office of Graduate Teaching Excellence
    N222 Lindquist Center
    Iowa City, IA 52242

Completing the Three-Part Program

Coursework

Graduate students begin the program by taking course work on college teaching. This course work provides an overview of basic instructional issues and methods in college teaching (e.g., lecture, leading discussions, assessment) and asks for discipline-specific thinking from students as they consider their own teaching situations. (Minimum of 6 s.h. required)

At least one of the following courses must be taken:

  • EDTL/EPLS/GRAD/RCE/PSQF:7385 Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 3 s.h.
  • GRAD/PSQF:6217 Seminar in College Teaching 3 s.h.
  • SOC:7010 Teaching Sociology 3 s.h.
  • PSQF:6205 Design of Instruction 3 s.h.

One of the following courses may be taken:

  • EALL:7387 Introduction to Online Post-Secondary Course Design and Facilitation 3 s.h.
  • PSQF:6215 Web-Based Learning 3 s.h.

Required Teaching

Students are required to complete two practica in College Teaching under faculty supervision. Students teach for at least two semesters under the guidance of two different professors to be eligible for the certificate. Previous teaching assistant experience will not waive this requirement. (Minimum of 3 s.h. required)

  • EDTL/EPLS/RCE/PSQF:7380 Practicum in College Teaching (1-3 s.h) when supervised by a College of Education faculty member.
  • GRAD:7400 Practicum in College Teaching, (1-3 s.h) when supervised by a faculty member in a college other than Education.

Required Portfolio

Finally, students will develop a portfolio that demonstrates their skills and competencies in teaching, research and service. The portfolio requires sample syllabi, a statement of teaching philosophy, samples of assignments and student work, and reflective essays on critical issues in teaching in higher education. A full portfolio will contain all course materials developed while teaching as a graduate student as well as outlines of scholarly presentations and service. Students are encouraged to keep samples of student work (kept with permission and made anonymous for the portfolio) that illustrate a range of responses to a particular assignment. Summaries of course evaluations and faculty evaluations, if made available to the student, also need to be included. Additionally, students should maintain a list of publications, presentations, and service done for their department of record so as to fully demonstrate their potential as future faculty.

  • EALL:7475 PhD ePortfolio in College Teaching 3 s.h. 

Certificate of Completion

Following completion of these requirements:

  1. Download and print the Certificate of Completion
  2. Fill in the courses that you have completed.
  3. Attach an unofficial transcript.
  4. Obtain your advisor’s signature.
  5. Return the Certificate of Completion form and your unofficial transcript to the Office of Graduate Teaching Excellence.

Upon approval by the Advisory Committee of the Office of Graduate Teaching Excellence, the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching will be awarded by the Graduate College. A notation will be added to the student’s transcript at the time of certificate completion, providing an official record of the student’s accomplishments when the student seeks employment. A certificate from the Graduate College will be mailed to the student upon graduation. 

Important Documents and Forms