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Certificate in College Teaching

Teaching and Learning

About the Certificate

The non-credit Certificate in College Teaching* provides Drexel University graduate students and postdocs with the experience and credentials to help them become more effective instructors in higher education or to prepare for careers outside academia that involve training or teaching. This non-credit program is designed for participants with a range of teaching experience. It has the flexibility to meet the needs of our diverse participants and to provide a structure within which participants can develop pedagogical skills and best practices and formally document their professional development. The completion of this program recognizes participants’ commitment to effective teaching and culminates in the development of teaching philosophy or teaching portfolio.

Seats are limited, apply early. Participation in the 2021-2022 pilot program is free! 

Download the Certificate Program Flyer

2021-2022 Eligibility Requirements

  • Current graduate student or postdoc at Drexel University with a graduation or position end date in June 2022 or beyond (Unfortunately, students graduating before June 2022, i.e fall 2021 or winter 2021, are not eligible to apply.)
  • No teaching experience required

Time Commitment

Each 1-week mini-course is offered asynchronously. The mini-courses include reading materials, video lectures, and a VoiceThread discussion. Approximate time commitment of 2-3 hours. Participants need to complete all 5 mini-courses. Additionally, participants will choose two more workshops from the list below and write a self-reflection. Lastly, the participants will participate in 3 meetings with an approved mentor through the course of the program.

Application Process

By applying, you agree to participate in all the workshops and submit relevant assignments. To apply, you will submit an application form by August 9, 2021.

Please review the following information before you begin your application.

Required Application Questions & Materials

  • Start date and anticipated graduation or postdoctoral position end date
  • Number of courses taught as the instructor of record (at Drexel or elsewhere), including any courses your are currently teaching or co-teaching, in person or online
  • Open-Ended Question: What type of teaching do you hope to gain in your future career? (Max 250 words)
  • Open-Ended Question: Please tell us what you hope to achieve from participating in this certificate program and how the experience will contribute to your professional goals/aspirations? (Approximately 300-500 words)
  • Open-Ended Question: Please describe your experience with Blackboard as an online teaching/learning platform or other online teaching platforms. (Max 250 words)
  • Required Upload: Resume/CV

Program Details

Foundational Track – Pilot Fall through Spring 2021-2022

The Foundational Track is designed to introduce participants to essential pedagogical concepts and practices. The Foundational Track guides participants in the development of teaching materials and teaching philosophy and provides participants with peer-to-peer feedback through micro-teaching.

Participants who complete this track will be able to:

  • Design more inclusive and effective learning activities and assessments
  • Apply evidence-based practices to their teaching
  • Engage in reflective teaching
  • Articulate their philosophy of teaching

To earn the Certificate for College Teaching, participants must apply for the program and complete all four components.


Foundational Track Components (Fall 2021-Spring 2022)

1) Asynchronous


Complete all five mini-courses:

  • Inclusive Teaching Strategies
    (October 8 – 15, 2021)
  • Introduction to Backward Course Design
    (October 29 – November 5, 2021)
  • Active and Collaborative Learning Techniques
    (January 21 – 28, 2022)
  • Assessing Students’ Learning
    (February 11 – 18, 2022)
  • Micro-Teaching (TBD, Spring 2022 term)


2) Teaching Workshops

Participate in two additional workshops of your choice and submit a written reflection.

Choose from offerings by:

  • Teaching and Learning Center
  • Online Learning Council Faculty Fellows
  • Lindy Center for Civic Engagement

3) Mentor Meetings

Meet three times with an assigned teaching mentor to reflect on your experience.

Mentors may also:

  • discuss teaching within a specific discipline.
  • allow you to observe them teaching for 1-2 class sessions.
  • provide feedback on your teaching philosophy.

4) Teaching Philosophy and Reflective Statement

Complete and submit a Teaching Philosophy and reflective statement about your experience in the program

 *This program was developed through collaboration of the Graduate College, Center for Teaching and Learning, Online Learning Council Faculty Fellows, and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to address the needs of graduate students and postdocs.