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Introducing the Bok Center's New Teaching Certificate

Posted Thursday, 24 November 2011

Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning is pleased to introduce the Teaching Certificate Program for GSAS students. Building on the existing workshops, seminars, and teaching practicums offered through the Bok Center, the Teaching Certificate offers graduate students and teaching fellows a tangible marker of their ongoing development as teachers in higher education.

The Certificate is structured to give participants the opportunity to critically reflect upon their performance as teachers and to actively experiment with various modes of communication in lectures, seminars, labs, and across the academic profession. Certificate participants will be asked to: reflect on their classroom practice through a video taped or peer-viewing session, complete the equivalent of two Bok Center seminars, and create a portfolio of teaching materials (including a statement of teaching philosophy).

Here is a basic outline of requirements. For detailed information, see the Teaching Certificate Program's website, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.with questions.


Practicing the Act of Teaching

  • Taping/viewing with Bok Staff OR a peer-viewing/observation as part of a micro-teaching workshop

Equivalent of Two Bok Center Teaching Seminars

  • A Bok Center course or seminar of at least 6 meetings for 90 minutes (see course listings on the website.)
  • A departmental teaching practicum*
  • A Graduate Seminar in General Education*
* To receive credit, these non-Bok Center activities must be approved by Shelley Westover (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); TFs will be expected to write up a brief account of their experiences in the non-Bok course.

Reflections on Teaching and Learning

  • Written report on a Bok Center Teaching Conference session
  • Review of literature on teaching and learning (see Bok Center Library) or other reflective piece on teaching
  • Teaching Portfolio (will include course evaluations, sample assignments, sample syllabi, and statement of teaching philosophy)