Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible for the Teaching and Communication Certificate?
All graduate students (M.A. and Ph.D.) as well as all postdoctoral scholars are eligible.
What are the requirements?
100 hours of approved workshops or development series or other training activities, plus a personalized professional portfolio that you can use to market yourself to prospective employers in and beyond academia. We have compiled a basic list of eligible activities. We encourage you to seek out additional opportunities for which you can earn hours through the petition process.
What is the timeframe for completion?
We recommend 1–2 years. It is possible, however, to complete the certificate in a single semester. You may also request an extension if you need more time to complete the program.
When are the workshops and development series offered?
Two non-credit-bearing development series will be offered in fall:
- Structuring Content: Lesson, Course, and Curriculum Design
- Teaching and Presentation Practicum
Two additional non-credit-bearing development series will be offered in spring:
- Communication Strategies for Teaching and Beyond
- Professional Portfolio Design
Approximately 2 two-part “how to” workshops will be offered every month during the academic year. We also offer workshops during the summer.
How do I apply?
Submit the application form in one of two cycles: Fall (due Sept. 1) or Spring (due Feb. 1). The Fall 2020 form will be available from Aug. 15 until Sept. 1. There is a place on the form for you to indicate any workshops or development series you’ve taken in the previous academic year that you’d like to transfer into the certificate program.
How do I register for workshops and development series?
Our upcoming offerings are listed on our workshops page. You can also search REPORTER for available workshops and development series. If you are interested in taking a workshop that appears in the REPORTER catalog but not on the schedule, add it to your “watchlist” so that we can monitor demand.
Do I need to have a teaching assignment in order to participate?
No. We will provide you with peer-reviewed microteaching opportunities. If you do have a teaching assignment, you may request to apply up to 20 hours of your teaching experience to the certificate program.
How do I request to apply teaching experience hours to the program?
Please send your course syllabus and a brief description of your responsibilities to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why should I participate?
In today’s competitive job market, advanced degree holders are expected to be able to communicate their ideas in a clear and compelling way to a broad audience. They are also expected to work constructively with a diverse group of stakeholders, resolve conflict, and balance competing priorities. The goal of the teaching and communication certificate is to help you refine and market your transferable skills while making you a more effective instructor.
What is the petition process about?
The petition process is straightforward. Submit a document via Moodle that includes a summary of the training plus an analysis of the potential applications to your teaching. The total petition document must be around 250–300 words per workshop.
Please petition for any workshop that:
- is not facilitated by the Graduate School
- does not furnish you with a certificate upon completion.
Pre-approved workshops (i.e workshops on our list of eligible activities) that include a certificate can be counted toward your TCC by sending us a soft copy of the certificate. All others require you to follow the petition process. Other non-workshop activities such as teaching experiences and observations can be added toward your TCC hours by submitting the required forms or evidence such as a syllabus.
Whom should I contact if I still have questions?
You should email Dr. Vanessa Doriott Anderson, Program Director, at email@example.com.