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College Teaching (Certificate NDP) 
Program Description

The purpose of the Certificate in College Teaching (CCT) is to provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge and skills useful in their current and future careers as college/adult-learning teaching professionals. The intended learning outcomes of the CCT are to:

  1. Identify and interpret the characteristics of effective learner-centered college teaching.
  2. Make instructional decisions grounded in the scholarship of teaching and learning.
  3. Demonstrate excellence in learner-centered college teaching.
  4. Demonstrate capacity to contribute to a professional learning community.
  5. Construct a teaching portfolio that documents excellence in learner-centered college teaching and critical self-reflection.

The Certificate in College Teaching Program is a 10-credit curriculum. Coursework includes:

  • IA 697a Learner-Centered Teaching (2 credits)
  • IA 697b Using Technology in Teaching (2 credits)
  • Elective coursework (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. 

Department/Academic Unit(s)

Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Mascha Nicola Gemein
Graduate Program Coordinator
Erin F C Dokter
Director of Graduate Studies
Ingrid Novodvorsky
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Christina M Inocencio
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements for the Graduate College as posted on their website: (awarded a bachelors or equivalent, minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale, English proficiency documentation for international students). There is no GRE required.

Current graduate students or alumni of the University of Arizona do not need to provide official transcripts. 

All other individuals, please send TWO (2) official transcripts from ALL Higher Education institutions attended to the departmental address below.  The department will forward official transcripts with our recommendation for admission to the Graduate College for further review.
University of Arizona
Office of Instruction and Assessment
P.O. Box 210070
Tucson, AZ 85721-0070
Standardized Tests

International students may have to demonstrate English proficiency through a standardized test. Please review the different test options, minimum score requirements, and possible exemptions at: ;

Financial Aid

While there is no financial aid available through the OIA to complete the program, many graduate students use the benefits from their departmental teaching assistantships to cover tuition for the CCT courses.  CCT courses carry the same tuition and fees as other graduate-level courses.

Please note that due to federal regulations, those not enrolled in a degree-program at the University of Arizona and are wishing to complete the CCT are classified as non-degree, certificate-seeking and not eligible for federal loans, teaching assistantships, scholarships, or other forms of financial aid. 

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: June 30th
  • Spring: October 30th

International Applicants:

  • Fall: June 30th
  • Spring: October 30th
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

CCT Required Courses (7 credits required)
IA 697a Learner-Centered Teaching (2) Must be completed before IA 697p College Teaching Practice.

IA 697b Using Technology in Teaching (2) Must be completed before IA 697p College Teaching Practice.
IA 697p College Teaching Practice (3) 

CCT Elective Courses (a minimum of 3 credits is required from elective courses)
AED 697c/IA 697c Workshop on Teaching at the College Level (3)
AIS 697a College Teaching Methods (3)
ARB 596m Special Topics in Arabic Linguistics (3)
ASTR 555 Teaching College-Level Astronomy and Planetary Science (3)
DNC 595a Teaching Methods for Dance (3)
ENG 596h Modern Literature (3)
ETCV 512 Student Engagement in Online Learning Environments (3)
GEOG 695c Preparing Future Faculty: College Teaching (1)
HIST 597a Teaching Methods and Practice (3)
IA 680 Classroom Assessment (3)
IA 697g Universal Design: Accessible Learning Environments (3)
IA 699 Independent Study (1-3)
LAT 580 Issues in Latin Methodology (3)

LRC/ENGL 680 Reader-Response Theories (3)
MCB 520 Research on College Science Teaching and Learning (3)
MIS 696a Readings in MIS (3)
MUS 622 Theory Pedagogy (3)
PHSC 611 Theory and Practice in Pharmacy Education (3)
POL 602 Teaching Political Science (2)
PS 697b Physiological Sci Teaching Workshop (1)
PSIO 591 Preceptorship (1)
PSIO 697a Workshop: Physiology Tutorial (3)
PSYC 586b Ethical Issues in Psychology (3)
PSYC 596T The Teaching of Psychology (3)
SLAT 579/GER 579/EAS 579/LAT 579/SPAN 579/FREN 579/RSSS 597 Issues in Post-Secondary
     Language Teaching & Learning (3)
SOC 596b Graduate Teaching Seminar (3)
SLHS 649/BIOC 649/PSIO 649 Survival Skills and Ethics (3)



Minor Requirements

A maximum of 6 units of coursework from the Certificate in College Teaching may be used for a Multidisciplinary or other minor.

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Last revised 14 Jan 2019