Teaching Certificate Program
Co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching and the Graduate School
The Teaching Certificate program has been designed to help Vanderbilt graduate students, professional students, and post-doctoral fellows develop and refine their teaching skills through three cycles of teaching activities, each consisting of inquiry, experimentation, and reflection phases. Participants who complete the program receive a Teaching Certificate from the Graduate School and the Center for Teaching.
Please visit the Teaching Certificate Portal for more detailed information about the process.
How Do I Join the Teaching Certificate Program?
Joining is easy. Simply complete the online application. Once we receive your request, a prgram planning meeting will be scheduled with you and a CFT consultant.
****SPRING 2010 APPLICATION DEADLINE - MONDAY, MARCH 1ST****
Why Participate in the Teaching Certificate Program?
By developing and refining your teaching skills, you'll improve the end-product of your teaching: the learning of your current and future students. You'll do this by better understanding student learning and what kinds of teaching lead to it.
By approaching your teaching as a cycle of inquiry, experimentation, and reflection, you'll develop skills that will enable you to analyze and improve your own teaching now and in the future.
Research indicates that new faculty often find teaching the most challenging and time-consuming part of their jobs. By developing your teaching skills now, you'll be more likely to be a "quick starter" in your first faculty position.
You'll realize ways in which you can approach your teaching as a scholarly activity, helping you understand yourself as a scholar in all areas of your academic life, not just your research pursuits.
You'll develop a teaching portfolio you can share with potential employers when you're on the job market. More importantly, you'll gain experience in thinking deeply and intentionally about your teaching and you'll be equipped to talk more effectively about your teaching when you're on the job market.
By participating in workshops and working groups, meeting with CFT consultants, and presenting some of your work in the Teaching Certificate program in a public forum, you'll engage with your own teaching among a community of scholars. This sense of community, frequently a component of research endeavors, is often lacking in one's teaching.
What Are the Components of the Teaching Certificate Program?
The Teaching Certificate program is made up of three cycles, each of which includes phases of inquiry, experimentation and reflection. Each of these cycles, the program planning, and exit interview, are described below. Click on the links for more detailed descriptions.
- Program Planning Process
The program planning meeting is designed to orient participants to the program and to develop a program plan. The program planning process includes an online application and program plan meeting. After the meeting, you will add your program plan and teaching statement to your personal Teaching Certificate wiki.
FALL SEMESTER APPLICATION DEADLINE - OCTOBER 15TH
SPRING SEMESTER APPLICATION DEADLINE - FEBRUARY 15TH
COMPLETION DEADLINE - APRIL 1ST
Please visit the Teaching Certificate Portal for more detailed information about the process. Contact Kat Baker if you have further questions.
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