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Friday, December 14, 2012

Register now for CCT courses for Spring 2013!


Want to improve your college teaching skills or your competitive edge in the academic job market?

Consider enrolling in one of our practical, theory-based graduate courses in pedagogy for higher education.


Preparation for the college classroom involves more than a solid base of knowledge in a discipline; it requires a systematic inquiry into the pedagogies and processes that facilitate learning. The Colleges of Worcester Consortium’s Certificate in College Teaching program is grounded in the latest educational research on best practices in college teaching, and is designed to enhance the teaching and learning experiences for faculty and students at our member institutions. The primary focus of the Certificate is to prepare graduate students, adjunct and full-time faculty who aspire to, or who are currently engaged in, a career in academia.  Courses carry Worcester State University graduate credit and may be taken individually or toward completion of the six-credit Certificate. A complete course schedule, full course descriptions, and sample syllabi are available on our website.



(All courses carry Worcester State University graduate credit.)


(HYBRID format) 2 graduate credits; no prerequisites; 7 F2F meetings on alternate Wednesdays, January 30 – April 24; 4-6 p.m. classes held at Mass. College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences-Worcester and online asynchronous in between class meetings.

The Seminar in College Teaching, the first course in the Certificate sequence, is designed to acquaint participants with basic principles and theories of education and instructional practices associated with effective college teaching. These concepts apply across numerous disciplines as the emphasis is on pedagogy, not course content. Learn the basics of college teaching: designing and developing courses, choosing and using a variety of teaching methods, and assessing student work. The foundational course Seminar in College Teaching is a prerequisite for some Certificate courses.



(HYBRID format)  1 graduate credit; CT 901 & successful completion of 5-credit Certificate course sequence & prior permission of director required; 5 F2F meetings on Tuesdays, January 15 – March 12; 2:30-5 p.m. classes held at Worcester State University and online asynchronous in between class meetings.

The Practicum serves as a capstone experience for the Certificate. Participants engage in a mentored teaching experience and document the teaching experience by preparing a course portfolio. Each student is assigned a pedagogical mentor (the Practicum instructor) and, as appropriate and possible, a content mentor (a faculty member in the discipline). The goal of the Practicum is to provide students with peer and pedagogical mentorship through a teaching and/or course development experience. The Practicum "product" is a polished teaching portfolio (built on the Pre-teaching Portfolio that was begun in CT 901 Seminar in College Teaching) for use in a job search.


(ONLINE format) 1 graduate credit; Prerequisite: CT 901 Seminar in College Teaching helpful but not required; Tuesday, January 22 – Friday, March 8, 2013.

The goal of this course is to provide participants with models, strategies and tools to aid in creating and assessing learning activities consistent with their course objectives. In addition to exploring specific types of learning activities (e.g. problem sets, films, observations, simulations, games, case studies, journals, model building, observation, peer tutoring, fieldwork, problem posing, group tests, oral reports, research papers, lab investigation and data collection, in-class exercises), the course focuses on the challenges and opportunities related to conducting these assignments in various course environments (traditional, hybrid, or online) and with either individual or group tasks. This course, which includes readings, online discussions, and individual and/or group activities, provides participants with an opportunity to critique provided assignments and to present their own course assignments. The course will help participants refine course designs documented in the Portfolio project in CT 901: Seminar in College Teaching.  

REGISTRATION: Application procedures are described on our website.  Follow the appropriate link under "Course Registration" or "Certificate Application Process."  When using the online pre-enrollment form (for beginning the registration process) you will have to pay by credit card.  Have your card in hand.


TUITION: Tuition for Certificate courses is $299/credit for participants from Colleges of Worcester Consortium member institutions and $479/credit for external participants.  In addition, there is a $75/semester pre-enrollment fee. (Because Worcester State University is the CCT program's credentialing host, WSU current students, faculty and staff pay $262/credit.) You must pay for courses at the time of registration, but you may qualify for tuition reimbursement. Consult with your adviser, faculty development center, or HR Department for details about applying for tuition reimbursement before you register for any courses.


Founded in 1968, the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, Inc. is an alliance of 12 public and private colleges in Central Massachusetts that works cooperatively both to further the missions of the member institutions individually and to advance higher education regionally.


For more information about the Certificate in College Teaching program, please visit our website or contact Susan Wyckoff to discuss how this program might meet your needs.


Vice President for Academic Affairs

Colleges of Worcester Consortium, Inc.

484 Main Street - Suite 500, Worcester MA 01608



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