The Graduate Certification in College Teaching (CCT), an initiative of the Graduate School at Michigan State University, in partnership with various MSU Colleges, helps graduate students organize, develop, and document their teaching experiences. This program prepares graduate students in the College of Social Science for careers in post-secondary education while enhancing the quality of their teaching at Michigan State University. The certificate program is designed to help graduate students reflect upon their teaching experiences in a systematic and comprehensive way.
Through a series of focused workshops, a class on disciplinary teaching methods, and a mentored teaching experience, participants will enhance their preparation for college and university teaching. The certificate program culminates in an e-portfolio that will help students prepare for academic job interviews and plan for their professional development as early career faculty.
The certificate program is designed to complement the student's degree program, and it may be tailored to meet the needs and goals of individual participants. The program provides an opportunity for systematic reflection on the varied teaching experiences TAs gain as part of their careers as graduate students.
Upon completion of the program, students receive an MSU Certificate in College Teaching and the accomplishment is noted on the transcript.
The Certificate in College Teaching is available to students enrolled in any masters or doctoral program within the College of Social Science. Students must obtain the support of their principal faculty advisor and must identify one or more teaching mentors from the College of Social Science faculty. The same individual may serve as both research advisor and teaching mentor, or students may select different faculty members for these roles.
As part of the Certificate in College Teaching program, students will develop competency in five areas:
The requirements of the certificate program include:
For additional information about the Certificate in College Teaching program, please visit the program website provided by The Graduate School at http://grad.msu.edu/collegeteaching/
General inquiries may be directed to Dr. Melissa McDaniels, Assistant Dean, The Graduate School, at, while inquiries specific to the College of Social Science may be directed to Thomas Jeitschko, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies at .