The Graduate Certificate in College Teaching is designed to enhance teaching effectiveness of graduate teaching assistants and provide marketable skills for graduate students wishing to seek employment in higher education as instructors. The Graduate Certificate in College Teaching is open to all current graduate students who are considering employment in higher education, as well as others who have previously earned a master’s or doctoral degree.
Through the required coursework, students will demonstrate skill in course design; demonstrate the ability to effectively teach a course including planning lessons/lectures and assessing student learning; and engage in ongoing faculty development through teaching workshops.
- Apply to the Graduate College and satisfy the minimum admissions requirements of the Graduate College. International applicants must satisfy the international admissions requirements.
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning or a degree from a non-U.S. institution of higher education that is judged equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree by the International Admissions Office.
- Concurrent enrollment in a masters or doctoral degree program at Boise State University OR a previously earned masters or doctoral degree.
- A formal statement of purpose describing your interest in the program, any teaching experience you have had, and your professional goals. Include in the statement how you believe the program will benefit you in your future teaching. The personal statement should also specify which track that you would like to pursue (i.e., the teaching track or the pedagogy track).
- A proposal regarding the possible course(s) you would like to teach as part of GCOLL 514 (teaching two weeks), GCOLL 512 (co-teaching a course), or GCOLL 513 (full course responsibility). The course taught as part of GCOLL 512 or GCOLL 513 should be a minimum of 3 credits and be a non-laboratory course, but some lab courses may be suitable for one of the two tracks with prior approval. Also include names of any mentors who might serve as the mentor teacher for this course. More information about the course proposal is available on the program website.
- A recent example of writing that best captures your writing style.
- A minimum of two letters of recommendation. The letters should be from individuals who can evaluate your potential for a career in academia, especially your potential as a teacher. In particular, they should address your (a) communication skills, (b) organization skills, (c) time management, and (d) the clarity of your presentations. If one of the two letters is not from your thesis/dissertation supervisor, a third letter is required from your thesis/dissertation supervisor or your graduate program coordinators which acknowledges that you are applying for the certificate.
- If you are applying for the teaching track, you must include a letter from the department chair indicating her/his support for you teaching a course.
Application and Materials Deadlines
Spring Semester: October 1