Spring 2018 Penn State Course in College Teaching
Registration for the Spring 2018 Course in College Teaching will open December 1. The application deadline is Friday, January 12. Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, January 26.
*** The Spring CCT is for faculty members, post docs and graduate students with prior teaching or TAing experience.
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 may include participants leading 2 short "micro-teaches" in which they teach an introductory concept from their disciplines to their fellow CCT participants. Each micro-teach centers on a different set of principles and skills. Feedback from Institute consultants and CCT peers follows each micro-teach. Participants may also conduct a classroom observation and interview an instructor to discuss that person's pedagogical strategies.
All CCT participants are invited to schedule one-on-one consultations on teaching philosophy statements or syllabus design. We recognize that, for some participants, these are important topics of immediate relevance. Our consultants will work with participants one-on-one to address other teaching topics of interest to them.
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 2018, it is open to any graduate student, or post doc with prior teaching experience or teaching assistantship. Interested faculty are invited to participate, as well.
Prior teaching or TAing experience is required to attend the Spring 2018 CCT.
Class size is limited, so don’t delay! The Spring CCT Application will be posted on December 1. Applicants accepted into the class will be notified by e-mail prior to the start of the course.
Completion of the Course in College Teaching satisfies one requirement of the Graduate School Teaching Certificate.
Graduate students, post docs, and new instructors who have never previously taught or TAed at the university level are welcome to register for the Instructional Foundations Series, which will also be offered in Spring 2018. More information about the series at: Instructional Foundations.