Certificate in College Teaching Program
A student enrolled in a College of Nursing doctoral program of study, who demonstrates satisfactory progression, is in good standing, and indicates a desire to develop teaching competencies in preparation for an academic career.
Acceptance: Students will be notified in writing of their acceptance into the College Teaching Certificate Program. A final approved plan of study will be signed by the Program Director and the student’s major professor and placed in the student’s academic file.
- Mentored Teaching Experience
- Teaching project
- Academic course work (6 credits, 800 level) related to teaching in nursing
- Workshop (seminar, or conference) in core teaching competencies
- Reflection papers for core competencies (minimum of 5, one in each category)
- Philosophy of Teaching Statement
Academic Coursework (6 credits):
- NUR 866 (3 credit): Academic and Clinical Teaching in Nursing Education: Spring Semester. Description: Guided field internship within an academic and health care setting. Synthesis and application of concepts to facilitate development of the advanced practice nurse as scholar, teacher, and collaborator. Course activities include:
- 90 Hours Mentored Teaching Experience*
- Portfolio Development*
- Philosophy of Teaching Statement*
- Teaching Project*
- NUR 861(3 credits): Curriculum Design (Recommended) offered fall semester. Description: Analysis and application of theories, principles, and concepts associated with curriculum development, design, and evaluation. Course activities include:
- Curriculum Development group project*
- Teaching Philosophy Statement*
- Optional Alternate Course related to Academic Teaching in area of interest: Requires approval of major professor and Program Director.
*Required Elements required for CCTP
Additional Required Elements: 5 Core Competencies
Demonstrated competency in the five core areas described below are the responsibility of the student. Participation in a Lilly or similar workshop, seminar, specific courses, professional conferences or other activities may fulfill requirements in each core area. Approval of the student’s major professor or CCTP director is encouraged to assure the activity meets criteria. A minimum of participating in one activity in each of the 5 core competency areas is required (in addition to course work).
- Documentation of workshop participation, agenda, and completion of a 2 – 3 page reflective paper will be required for each of the core competencies.
Note: Students who are enrolled in a CON doctoral program may attend workshops in any of the 5 core teaching competencies prior to formal acceptance into the CCTP.
The program is built around experiences in and demonstration of learning in 5 competency areas. The final e-portfolio needs to address each broad competency, providing evidence of specific activities that fulfill each area, and incorporating a reflection that demonstrates your understanding of that area and ways in which you will integrate it into your future teaching and professional development. This list indicates some topics that might be addressed in each of the competency areas.
- Developing Disciplinary Teaching Strategies (fulfilled through coursework)
- Design and facilitate learning of discipline-specific content
- Instructional Design
- Plan course objectives
- Teaching Contexts: Discussions, small groups, laboratories, lectures, recitations, office hours, tutoring
- Creating Effective Learning Environments (fulfilled through workshop)
- Learning Styles
- Communication Skills
- Active Learning
- Classroom management strategies
- Incorporating Technology in the Classroom (fulfilled through workshop)
- Distance learning
- Hybrid courses
- Video technologies
- Understanding the University Context (fulfilled through workshop)
- Faculty rights, roles and responsibilities
- Teaching as research and professional development
- Developing a professional teaching presence and plan
- Assessing Student Learning (fulfilled through workshop and mentored teaching experience)
- Classroom assessment
- Portfolio assessment
Students must develop a formal, high quality teaching portfolio that will provide evidence of accomplishments and growth as a result of participation in the College of Nursing College Teaching Certificate.
To be developed in NUR866
The portfolio must contain reflection papers in each of the five competency areas, teaching project, teaching philosophy statement, workshop activities, faculty or preceptor evaluations, certificate checklist, and other supporting material. The portfolio will be submitted to the major professor and the Program Director for final approval.
A student will complete the Teaching Certification Required Checklist and submit it along with the student portfolio to the student’s major professor and Program Director for Review.
Once approved, all materials will be
turned in to the College of
Nursing CTC coordinator (Kathleen Poindexter, PhD, RN, CNE) and filed with the TAP program/Graduate College at MSU. The MSU Graduate College TAP director will be responsible for contacting the Graduate School and requesting a certification acknowledgement be added to the student’s transcript.