How long will it take to earn the certificate?
The time frame is typically one (1) year, but it varies according to the participant's teaching schedule. The time limit for the completion of the Certificate is three (3) years. Preferably, the Reflective Practicum will be completed in the semester following the Teaching in Higher Education Seminar, but the two components can also be completed concurrently.
What if there is no seminar offered in my discipline?
Currently, almost every school or college offers the seminar during the academic year. Although you may not see something specifically for your major, courses are taught by faculty within students' areas (i.e. humanities, public health, social sciences, foreign language, etc.). All of the courses are designed to address general principles that can be applied across disciplines.
How many mentor meetings and journal entries are required for the Reflective Practicum to earn the certificate?
The requirements depend upon the semester you are teaching.
During the Fall & Spring semesters, the requirements are:
- meetings with mentor every other week, minimum = 7
- weekly journal entries, minimum = 10
During the Summer Sessions, the requirements are adjusted for the shorter term:
- meetings with mentor are weekly, minimum = 6
- weekly journal entries, minimum = 6
I received an automatic email about a change to my graduate record. What does this mean?
We processed a ‘Change of Program’ form to add the Teaching in Higher Education Certificate to your graduate record because you are currently enrolled in the reflective practicum component of the certificate program. At this time there is no action for you to take. Once you complete the practicum, you will submit your paperwork as specified on our program web page. Once you have completed the requirements for the program, we will send you a letter and certificate of completion. The certificate will be awarded on your transcript after you have applied for graduation from your program of study.
For general questions about the certificate program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are experiencing difficulty registering or submitting documents for the Reflective Practicum, please contact Pete Watkins (email@example.com) for assistance.