The Course in College Teaching (CCT) provides an opportunity for faculty, graduate students, and post-doc instructors from all disciplines to collaboratively explore successful teaching and learning. This highly successful eight-week course is designed to allow participants to share ideas and strategies for successful teaching. This free, non-credit course includes discussion and practice based on information drawn from the teaching and learning literature, as well as from the teaching experiences of individual participants. It is offered each fall and spring.
The CCT is open to Penn State faculty, graduate students, and post-docs with previous teaching experience. See participant eligibility standards below. Those without prior teaching experience should take the Instructional Foundations Series.
The course is not designed to meet the needs of first-time teachers. The CCT draws heavily upon participants’ own teaching experiences to generate discussion and share resources. Participants are expected to be able to connect their previous teaching experience to CCT activities, discussions, and assignments.
Upon successfully completing the course, participants should be able to:
Teaching experience is required for participating in CCT. Teaching experience is defined as developing instructional plans and/or materials and using those plans/materials to reach multiple learners at once.
The following are examples of teaching experience:
The Spring 2023 CCT begins on Tuesday, February 7 and ends on Tuesday, April 4.
It will meet in Zoom for 5 synchronous sessions and in Canvas for 3 asynchronous sessions. Synchronous sessions will meet for 2 hours per week, and asynchronous sessions should take about 2 hours to complete.
Synchronous sessions will meet each Tuesday from 12:05 – 2:05 p.m. Eastern Time on Feb. 7, Feb. 14, Feb. 28, Mar. 14, and Apr. 4.
Asynchronous sessions will take place in Canvas during the following weeks of the course.
In order to receive the course completion certificate, participants must attend at least four of the synchronous sessions and complete all assignments and activities, including asynchronous work. Synchronous sessions will be recorded and make-up activities will be provided.
Readings are typically assigned from a variety of sources and are available through the University Libraries or publicly online.
This course does not result in an official certification. Participants can earn a completion certificate that most participants list in their CVs, teaching portfolios, or annual reviews as evidence of instructional development. To earn the CCT completion certificate, participants must meet all of the requirements listed on the syllabus provided at the beginning of the course.
PLEASE NOTE: The Course in College Teaching completion certificate is different from the Graduate School Teaching Certificate. Please visit the Graduate School Teaching Certificate webpage before contacting the Graduate School with your questions at email@example.com.
The Spring 2023 CCT application period has closed and the course is full. Successful applicants will receive information about the course by email by January 27.
Information about the Fall 2023 CCT will appear here in August.