College Teaching Program

An individual is searching in his laptop about the 10-unit graduate program that provides a solid foundation to teach effectively in higher education.

Designed to develop your knowledge and skills to be a successful college and adult-learning educator.

Our courses are known for their enriching collegial atmosphere and our approach focusing on theory into practice where learning about evidence-based and learner-centered teaching practices guide your development as a reflective and effective educator. Our program is open to all post-baccalaureate students, staff, and faculty. 

Over 260 people have completed the College Teaching Graduate Interdisciplinary Program since it became a graduate certificate in 2011, and many more have taken our courses for majors or minors. The Certificate in College Teaching is one of the most popular certificate programs at UArizona.

I can confidently say that I am leaving the program with a toolshed worth of methods I can implement in the classroom [and] with a core set of fundamental values as it pertains to building effective learning environments.

Ben Schwartz, Neuroscience, CCT 2021 alumnus

The College Teaching Program is part of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIDP). In the program, specifically the Certificate in College Teaching, students will be able to:

  • Identify and interpret the characteristics of effective learner-centered college teaching.
  • Make instructional decisions grounded in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  • Demonstrate excellence in learner-centered college teaching.
  • Demonstrate capacity to contribute to a professional learning community.

Students are welcome to take one or more courses as desired and/or to enroll in the Certificate in College Teaching. Please consult our Graduate Handbook for program information, including contacts, course information, admissions, and policies for program completion.

To earn the Certificate in College Teaching, students will apply to the program and follow this 10-credit curriculum:

  • IA 697a Learner-Centered Teaching (2 credits)
  • IA 697b Using Technology in Teaching (2 credits)
  • One or more elective courses (total of 3 credits)
  • IA 697p College Teaching Practice (3 credits)

The program can be completed in a minimum of 2 semesters (IA 697a and IA 697b are prerequisites for IA 697p), and in up to 4 years.

Up to 10 units of coursework can be applied as elective coursework to a major or minor and would not require an application to the Certificate Program. Students can enroll in the courses via UAccess, with the exception of the Certificate Program capstone course IA 697p.

Contact our program coordinators for advising

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Erin Galyen (she/her)
Professor of Practice

Mascha N. Gemein (she/her)
Associate Professor of Practice