The Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching (GCCUT) program is now accepting applications for admission to our program!
Below are a few FAQs about GCCUT and you may follow up with personal questions via email or at one of our in-person informational meetings.
GCCUT Informational Meetings
· Monday, February 20, 12:00-1:00pm, Milam 215
· Monday, March 13, 9:00-10:00am, Milam 215
What is GCCUT?
GCCUT is an 18-credit graduate certificate designed to provide advanced course work and experiential learning opportunities to students who plan to pursue careers in teaching in higher education settings, or who plan to pursue careers in other fields that may require similar facilitation skills. Students completing the Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching will receive a formal, transcript-visible credential.
What are the benefits of the GCCUT program?
To be clear, the GCCUT is not an official license or certification to practice teaching in higher education, as no such licensure exists for post-secondary education. Rather, the GCCUT is a graduate certificate, which can be thought of as an 18-credit university credential. While not required to teach in higher education, GCCUT provides transcript-visible evidence that you have studied and invested in your teaching in an official academic capacity. Current graduate students indicate that GCCUT coursework has assisted them greatly in their GTA positions, with conference presentations, and in outreach and engagement activities. Graduates of our program have indicated that learning associated with their enrollment in the program has been influential in them securing future employment. Read a few of their stories here.
Who can apply?
The Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching may be done in conjunction with a concurrent graduate degree or on its own as a standalone (without an accompanying graduate degree) certificate. Current OSU graduate students, prospective OSU graduate students, and those who intend to complete the certificate as a standalone experience are eligible to apply.
Where are courses offered?
The GCCUT exists as both a site-based (i.e., at the OSU campus in Corvallis) and online program (i.e., via OSU Ecampus). While aligned in terms of content and coursework, these two programs are separate entities, and students are committed to completing the program and all of its coursework in the version (site-based or online) to which they applied and were admitted.
If you are a current or incoming OSU graduate student at the Corvallis campus pursuing a concurrent degree or if you reside near the Corvallis campus and are able to complete all of your coursework/attend classes in Corvallis, you are encouraged to apply for the site-based version of the certificate. Applications for the site-based version of the program are available now by clicking here. Admitted students begin with other members of their cohort in September each year.
If you reside in a location where completing all of your coursework/attending classes in Corvallis is impractical, not feasible, or simply not preferred (this includes, perhaps, current or incoming OSU graduate students at campuses beyond Corvallis), you are encouraged to apply for the online version of the certificate. Applications for the online version of the certificate are available now by clicking here considered on a rolling basis and students may start during fall, winter, or spring terms, depending on their time frame and coursework availability.
How long will the certificate take?
The program is designed to be completed in 1-2 years. The certificate requires 18 credits, which can be a significant time commitment in conjunction with a concurrent degree, employment, and/or other responsibilities. Applicants should be prepared to dedicate the appropriate amount of time and effort toward the certificate and consult with major advisors and employers in advance as needed.
What will GCCUT cost me?
If you are already an OSU graduate student on a tuition remission (GTA or GRA) or fellowship, you typically will not have to pay out of pocket for credits, although you will want to confirm this with the unit that funds you. Self-funded students pay at the rates specified by OSU or Ecampus. OSU employees and staff may use Staff Fee Privileges for site-based courses.