The graduate Certificate in College Teaching requires a minimum of 12 s.h. of graduate credit. The certificate program is open to all University of Iowa students enrolled in a Ph.D. or other terminal degree program.

Previous teaching experience does not count toward certificate requirements.

Students apply to the certificate program on the Office of Graduate Teaching Excellence (OGTE) website, under Graduate Certificate in College Teaching.

Courses selected from the categories below can be completed in any order at any time.

The Certificate in College Teaching requires the following course work.

Category 1

Category 1 course work provides an overview of basic instructional issues and methods in college teaching. The work requires students to engage in discipline-specific thinking as they consider their own teaching situations. 

Students choose two courses (minimum of 6 s.h. required) from the following.

Students must take at least one of these:
GRAD:6217/PSQF:6217Seminar in College Teaching3
GRAD:7385/EDTL:7385/EPLS:7385/PSQF:7385/RCE:7385Teaching and Learning in Higher Education3
PSQF:6205Design of Instruction3
SOC:7010Teaching Sociology3
Students may take one of these:
PSQF:6211Universal Design and Accessibility for Online Instruction3
PSQF:6215Web-Based Learning3

Category 2

Category 2 requires students to teach for at least two semesters under the guidance of two different professors. Prior or current experience as a teaching assistant does not count toward this requirement.

Students enroll in one of the following courses twice, with each enrollment supervised by a different faculty member. Students earn a total of 3 s.h. for the two enrollments. They can enroll in two practicums with two different professors in the same semester or they can complete practicum experiences in separate semesters.

EDTL:7380Practicum in College Teaching1-3
EPLS:7380Practicum in College Teaching1-3
GRAD:7400Practicum in College Teaching (faculty member must be outside the College of Education)1-3
PSQF:7380Practicum in College Teaching1-3
RCE:7380Internship in Teaching1-3

Category 3

For Category 3, students develop a full portfolio that demonstrates their skills and competencies in teaching, research, and service. The portfolio requires sample syllabi, a statement of teaching philosophy, samples of assignments and student work, and reflective essays on critical issues in teaching in higher education.

A committee of three faculty members, including a student's faculty advisor, reviews the portfolio and provides advice to the student about its content and quality. The student's faculty advisor is responsible for evaluating the portfolio and recommending that the certificate be awarded.

Category 3 requires the following course.

EALL:7475Ph.D. ePortfolio in College Teaching3