Fall 2018 Penn State Course in College Teaching

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:

Required assignments may include participants leading two, 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 be asked to conduct a classroom observation and interview an instructor to discuss that person's pedagogical strategies.

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 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.

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. It is open to Penn State faculty, graduate students, and post-docs who have previous teaching or TAing experience. Those with no previous teaching experience should take the Instructional Foundations Series.


The Fall 2018 Course in College Teaching will be held Wednesdays from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. in 315 Rider Building, University Park, beginning September 12 and running through October 31.

It includes six, two-hour meetings (a total of 12 hours face-to-face) at Penn State University Park and two online sessions. Participants must attend at least four face-to-face meetings and participate in all online activities to earn the CCT certificate.

Reading Materials

There is no required text. Relevant readings will be assigned from a variety of sources. All will be readily available through the University Libraries or publicly online.

To Apply

Apply at https://goo.gl/forms/fu6gGtVWzDCkDrsU2.

This application form will take approximately five minutes to complete, and we will respond to you within five business days about your status. As long as you qualify, enrollment is first-come, first-served. Once the course is filled, we will ask you whether you would like to be put on a waiting list.

Participants reading.

Participants writing on whiteboard.