The GSAS Teaching Certificate Program consists of two distinctive non-credit seminars open to Master's and Doctoral level students in the Graduate School of Arts and Science. Seeking to support the efforts of graduate students who wish to deepen their understanding of teaching and learning, the certificates are designed to help students develop a reflective teaching practice, improve teaching effectiveness and prepare for teaching careers in higher education.
Built upon an awareness of the demands on graduate student schedules, the Teaching Certificates are designed to fit into a time-commitment of 25 hours during the academic year. Upon the completion of each program, students will receive a certificate recognizing their achievement that can prove valuable when seeking a faculty position. (Please note that the GSAS Teaching Certificate Program is not equivalent to New York State Teaching Certification.)
GSAS Teaching Certificate Program: Preparing Future Faculty (PFF)
Teaching is an important professional development opportunity for graduate students. This course is offered by GSAS as a non-credit, pass/fail course for PhD students. It is an interdisciplinary course on the theories and practices of university teaching. The goals of the course are to familiarize students with the background research and theory relevant to university teaching, and to provide the opportunity for practice and feedback on basic teaching skills through “microteaching” sessions that are filmed and reviewed. The course is best experienced in order (PFF1 followed by PFF2) but can be taken out of order as well. It is also possible to take just one semester.
PFF 1: The Art & Craft of Teaching (Fall Semester)
PFF 2: Achieving Success through Communication (Spring 2018 Semester dates TBA)