Spring 2017 Penn State Course in College Teaching

*** The Penn State Course in College Teaching will next be offered in Spring 2017. The course is for those with prior teaching or TAing experience. Registration will be available on December 1, 2016.

Graduate students, post docs, and new instructors who have never previously taught at the university level are welcome to register for the Instructional Foundations Series, which will be offered this fall. More information about the series at: Instructional Foundations.


This highly successful 8-week course combines the best elements of a collaborative learning environment with those of a seminar on pedagogy. Discussion of the current literature on teaching and learning, as well as facilitation by instructors from the Schreyer Institute's experienced faculty, help prepare participants to design and implement both practical and reflective instructional activities. The impact of the course is evident in the number of participants who intend to implement new teaching practices as a result of taking the course.

Required Assignments:

For the required assignments, participants will lead 3 short "micro-teaches" in which they teach an introductory concept from their disciplines to their fellow CCT participants. Each micro-teach will center on a different set of principles and skills. Feedback from Institute consultants and CCT peers will follow each micro-teach.

Optional Experiences:

All CCT participants are invited to schedule one-on-one consultations on teaching philosophy statements or syllabus design. We recognize that, for some students, these are important topics of immediate relevance. Our consultants will work with graduate students one-on-one to address other teaching topics of interest to them.

Course objectives

Upon successfully completing the course, participants should be able to:

  • apply effective principles of course design and planning
  • integrate teaching and assessment strategies to enhance student learning
  • reflect on personal beliefs and practices about teaching and learning


The Course in College Teaching is a free, non-credit course. In Spring 2017, it is open to any graduate student with prior teaching experience or teaching assistantship. Interested faculty are invited to participate, as well, or enroll in the summer CCT which is delivered online.


Completion of the Course in College Teaching satisfies one requirement of the Graduate School Teaching Certificate. Opens in new window

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