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College Teaching Certificate

Program and Application Information
Program Director:Dr. Paul Kelter
Department Location:FLC 314, Office of Teaching and Learning
Department Phone:(701) 231-6336
Department Web
Degrees Offered:Certificate (Students enrolled in the CTC program must be concurrently enrolled in a graduate program leading to a degree.)

Program Description

The College Teaching Certificate (CTC) is a three-semester (9 credit) program in pedagogy for NDSU graduate students from across campus who plan to teach in a college or university and individuals who already have a graduate degree and work on campus. Students study contemporary education research focused on higher education issues, as well as gain experience in the teaching and learning process through microteaching modules, field experience, peer observations, and a structured practicum.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to the program, the applicant must:

  1. Submit the College Teaching Certificate Application .
  2. Hold a baccalaureate degree from an educational institution of recognized standing.
  3. At the baccalaureate level, have earned a cumulative grade point average (GPA) in all courses of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applications should be submitted directly to the graduate school.
  4. Be a current degree-seeking student in a enrolled graduate program.
The College Teaching Certificate is a three-semester, 9 credit program
Foundation Courses (choose one)3
Introduction to College Teaching in the Humanities and Social Sciences (Fall, annually)
Teaching Developmental Science (Spring every odd year, 2017, 2019, 2021)
Teaching College Science (Fall, annually)
Electives (choose one)3
Special Topics (Emerging Trends in Teaching and Learning Online-Spring, annually)
Instructional Technology for Teaching and Learning (Fall 2017 (Normal rotation less than once per year))
Managing/ and Monitoring Learning (Spring, annually)
Instructional Methods for Adult Learners
Supervision and Teaching Couple and Family Therapy
STEM Curriculum and Instruction (Spring, every even year (2018, 2020, 2022))
Designing Technology-infused Learning Environments in Higher Education
Required Teaching Practicum3
Specialized Studies for K-12 Teachers (*)
Graduate Teaching Experience
Total Credits9

*Refers to courses cross-listed to be taken under a prefix in the student's major field. For example, a HDFS major would take HDFS 892. This experience requires a minimum of 15 face-to-face teaching hours, with the remaining credit hours to be dedicated to preparing lesson plans, evaluating student data, and developing assessments. The field experience will be designed in consultation with a faculty teaching mentor. Students will prepare a 2-page field experience proposal for approval from the CTC director during the semester prior to the experience.


  1. This schedule is subject to change.
  2. Every course has an enrollment cap. Please check with the course instructor about this.
  3. Once requirements are completed a student must submit the Verification of College Teaching Certificate  form.