Graduate Studies


Certification as College Teaching

The Michigan State University Certification in College Teaching program is an initiative of The Graduate School, in partnership with departments and colleges. This is a voluntary program to prepare graduates students in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences for careers in post-secondary education while enhancing the quality of their teaching at Michigan State University. The program is designed to help graduate students organize and develop their teaching experience in a systematic and thoughtful way.

Program participants partake in a series of workshops, enroll in a graduate course devoted to teaching in higher education, engage in a mentored teaching experience with a faculty member and develop a teaching portfolio to highlight, organize and reflect upon their teaching experiences.

The program is designed to supplement the student's degree program, and it may be tailed to meet the needs and goals of individual participants. The program provides coherence for the varied teaching experiences TA's gain as part of their careers as graduate students.

Upon completion of the program, students receive an MSU Certificate in College Teaching and the accomplishment is noted on their transcript.


The Certification in College Teaching is available to students enrolled in any masters or doctoral program within the College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Students must obtain the support of their advisor and must identify one or more teaching mentors from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences faculty. The same individual may serve as both research adviser and teaching mentor, or students may select different faculty for these roles.

Core Competencies

As part of the Certification in College Teaching program, students will develop competency in five areas:

  • Adult Students as Learners - Creating Learning Environments
  • Communication Teaching Strategies
  • Assessment of Learning
  • Technology in the Classroom
  • Professional Development - Understanding the Academy


The requirements of the certificate include:

  1. Application to and Acceptance into the College of Communication Arts and Sciences Certificate in College Teaching program
  2. Course Work
  3. Core Area Competencies
  4. Mentored Teaching Experience
  5. Teaching Portfolio

Additional Information

For additional information about the Certification in College Teaching, please visit the program website provided by The Graduate School at

General inquiries may be directed to Dr. Melissa McDaniels, Assistant Dean, The Graduate School at, while inquiries specific to the College of Communication Arts and Sciences may be directed to Dr. Kami Silk, Director for Graduate Studies at

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