Teaching and Communication Certificate

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?

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 courses or other training activities, plus a personalized professional portfolio that you can use to market yourself to prospective employers in and beyond academia.

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. See sample completion plans below.

When are the workshops and courses offered?

Two non-credit-bearing courses will be offered in Fall 2017:

  • Structuring Content: Lesson, Course, and Curriculum Design
  • Teaching and Presentation Practicum

Two additional non-credit-bearing courses will be offered in Spring 2018:

  • Communication Strategies for Teaching and Beyond
  • Professional Portfolio Design

At least 2 two-part “how to” workshops will be offered every month during the academic year. We will also offer a limited number of workshops during the summer and academic breaks on a trial basis.

How do I apply?

Submit the application form in one of two cycles: Fall (due September 1) or Spring (due February 1).

How do I register for workshops and courses?

You can search REPORTER for available workshops and courses. 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.

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.

Contact Information

For more information, contact us at professional-development@ncsu.edu

Current students: All current CoAT requirements are still available on the CoAT Moodle site.  Please feel free to email us with any questions or concerns.