The Bok Center's Teaching Certificate offers graduate students and teaching fellows a tangible marker of their ongoing commitment to developing as teachers in higher education. The Certificate is structured to give participants the opportunity to reflect critically upon their performance as teachers and to actively experiment with various modes of communication in lectures, seminars, labs, and across the academic profession.
Students may pursue a Certificate through a variety of different avenues, depending on the pedagogical training offered in their respective departments, their own specific skills and interests, and how these intersect with the Bok Center's own programming. In order to receive a Teaching Certificate, participants must fulfill the requirements in each of the following three areas: (1) Learn; (2) Practice; and (3) Reflect.
Take one seminar in the fundamentals of teaching. This may be satisfied by either:
Take two additional electives on pedagogical topics of your choosing. These electives may be selected from:
NB: Bok Seminars are are tagged in five focus areas: Pedagogy, Course and Assignment Design, Professional Communication, Language and Culture of the Classroom, Assessment and Reflections on Teaching. Candidates for the Teaching Certificate should think carefully about how to assemble a meaningful program of electives which will allow them to tell a coherent story about their progress through the Certificate Program (see the third requirement below).
Demonstrate a commitment to practicing and experimenting with skills acquired through the program.
Create three products that capture critical reflections on teaching and learning:
NB: In addition to the guidance offered by our Online Resources, several of our Bok Seminars also provide a workshop environment in which you may create and refine these materials.