Certificate in College Teaching


The Certificate in College Teaching (CCT) program provides IUPUI graduate students with the opportunity to develop and document the college teaching skills that are critical for a successful academic career. Structured to be completed in three semesters, the program requires participants to attend workshops and webinars, as well as facilitated discussions with other program participants.

In semester one, participants explore foundational teaching principles and the effective use of appropriate instructional technology. In semester two, participants consider evidence-based disciplinary approaches to teaching; based on what they learn, they then create and implement a class or lab lesson plan and reflect on the results, including on the ways in which they have integrated technology. In the final semester, participants progress towards devloping scholarly teaching practices and prepare for delivering a teaching demonstration as is often required in interviews for faculty positions. To continuously improve their teaching through a process of planning, monitoring, and evaluation, participants will take a reflective approach to their teaching every semester by combining self-reflections with feedback from their peers, CTL and faculty mentors, and their students.

Participants will leave the program having created the foundational components of a teaching portfolio, including sample course materials, teaching observation reports, and a preliminary teaching philosophy statement. Depending on the techniques that participants learned and honed during the certificate program, they may also have the option of co-presenting a session at the IUPUI TA Orientation with a CTL consultant. 

CCT Application Process

Any graduate student who will graduate after May 2019, and who is currently in a teaching role or will have future teaching opportunities (as primary instructor, lab instructor, grader, classroom assistant, managing office hours and recitations, or giving guest lectures) can apply for the CCT. The online application system will open in early October, and applications for the 2018 Cohort will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on October 15, 2017. The application process requires interested graduate students to submit the following:

  • an application form
  • an up-to-date CV
  • a one-page letter of interest
    • The letter should convey the applicant's enthusiasm and should explain in detail his or her reason for applying to the program. It should also outline his or her previous teaching experience and the opportunities he or she will have to teach at IUPUI. Lastly, it should address what the applicant hopes the program will help the applicant achieve in his or her future career. A letter of interest should be at least a full page in length--a paragraph or a few sentences will be insufficient. Letters containing only a paragraph or a few sentences may be rejected in the review process
  • a letter of support from his or her advising faculty member

CTL consultants will review the applications and admit a maximum of only ten new cohort members based on their likelihood to complete the program within the specified time frame (3 semesters) and their interest in a career in university teaching. Successful applicants will be notified no later than early December.

CTL consultants will review the applications and admit a maximum of only ten new cohort members based on their likelihood to complete the program within the specified time frame (3 semesters) and their interest in a career in university teaching. Successful applicants will be notified no later than early December.

Click here for an Overview Timeline for the Spring 2018 CCT Cohort 

To submit an application:   Click here to apply for the 2018 CCT Cohort.


The Certificate in College Teaching program is not remedial; it is intended to provide IUPUI graduate teaching assistants with a solid foundation for a successful teaching career after graduation. The program is also intended primarily for doctoral students, but master’s students may apply if they can fit program requirements into their degree timeline. New program cohorts begin each spring semester with a welcome meeting in early January. The CCT program is not a K-12 teacher licensing program and is non-credit bearing. As a result, it will not appear on participants’ transcripts. It can and should be listed on participants’ C.V.s.

For more information about the CCT program, contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at thectl@iupui.edu or 317-274-1300.

Center for Teaching and Learning

email: thectl@iupui.edu
phone: (317) 274-1300
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