Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education

The Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education assists early-career academics in developing the knowledge, skills, and traits required to effectively teach in higher education institutions and to facilitate the learning of their students.

The recently revised Certificate is in three tracks, as follows:

  • CEU doctoral student track consists of 8 U.S. (16 ECTS) credits of coursework and the evaluation of a teaching portfolio;
  • CEU faculty and postdoctoral fellow track combines workshops, mentoring, and a teaching portfolio for the equivalent of 8 U.S. credits;
  • OSUN doctoral student and faculty track is currently in a pilot phase, with admission to specific courses offered to OSUN doctoral students and faculty, with the ambition to offer a full, 9 U.S.-credit (18 ECTS) certificate option if funding permits, incorporating coursework and the evaluation of a teaching portfolio

New Certificate Requirements (CEU Doctoral Students)

In August 2022, new Certificate requirements for doctoral students came into effect. The revised program is designed to better support students with their teaching assistantships and to better prepare them for academic job applications and initial teaching appointments. These changes also align the program more closely with CEU scheduling practices, other CEU certificate programs, and international standards (e.g., the UK Professional Standards Framework).

A brief summary of Certificate requirements for CEU doctoral students follows:

  • Foundations of Teaching in Higher Education (YELC 6101 and 6103). 3 credits. Students are required to enroll in and complete both the seminar and practicum.
  • Learning by Design (YELC 6105). 2 credits.
  • Electives worth 2 credits in total (either two, six-week courses, or one twelve-week course)
  • Creating a Teaching Portfolio (YELC 6107). 1 credit
  • Evaluation of a teaching portfolio. Components are created during the Certificate courses and revised during YELC 6107. Please see the handbook for details.

Course Registration (CEU Doctoral Students)

Students should generally register for courses through the normal SITS registration process. Course registration is open during the normal registration periods, and students who have general restrictions on their general registration in SITS will need to resolve these. Elkana Center courses can be found in the SITS menu under Extracuriccular Courses (YELC - Yehuda Elkana Center for Teaching, Leanring, and Higher Education), as they do not count towards the total credits required for the doctoral degree program (though they may be required for TAships). Please consult your departmental coordinator in programs where Elkana Center courses count as mandatory courses or as electives.

Students Who Began Courses with the Previous Certificate Structure

Prior to Fall 2022, the Center for Teaching and Learning organized courses with the CTAL course prefix, within the Program for Excellence in Teaching in Higher Education for Doctoral Students (henceforth, previous program structure). Students who completed 6 credits - specifically, CTAL6007 (3 credits), two 1-credit electives, and the one-credit CTAL6004 (Starting Your Teaching Portfolio) - and submitted a teaching portfolio, were eligible for a certificate. 

CEU doctoral students who completed CTAL-prefixed courses receive credit for the equivalent course in the new program structure. 

Furthermore, CEU doctoral students who successfully completed CTAL6007 (Foundations of Teaching in Higher Education) prior to July 2022 may elect to follow the previous certificate program structure (6 credits, instead of 8).  

  • Eligible students do not have to enroll in the two-credit, Learning by Design (YELC 6105).  
  • The number of elective credits remains the same. Previously taken CTAL-prefixed electives count towards their two-credit, elective requirement in the new program structure. Any missing credits should be taken among the YELC electives.  
  • Eligible students should enroll in the revised Capstone Portfolio course (YELC 6107) if they have not taken CTAL6004.  
  • Eligible students may choose to omit the following from their teaching portfolio: observation of teaching session and associated materials, as well as assessment instructions and rubric. The other requirements for the teaching portfolio apply.  

Students who completed other CTAL-prefix courses, such as electives but not CTAL6007 (Foundations), must follow the new program structure. Students who have not yet completed any CTAL-prefixed courses are similarly required to follow the new program structure. 

Program Handbook and Course Details

Please find the complete details of the revised Certificate of Teaching in Higher Education in the program handbook, below, including detailed information for all three tracks, as well as for students who began coursework in the old Certificate format.

Course details and times can be found here.

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