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Certificate in Humanities Teaching & Learning

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The Certificate in Humanities Teaching & Learning program* is a special section of the CFT’s Certificate in College Teaching (CiCT) reserved for humanities graduate students and post-docs.

Like the CiCT, the Certificate in Humanities Teaching & Learning (CHTL) program is comprised of a sequential seminar and practicum.  Participants will explore and develop teaching skills that promote learning within a diverse student body across a variety of settings—with an emphasis on the particularities of teaching

  • historically underrepresented populations, including first-generation college students and students of color
  • a specific humanities discipline as part of a liberal arts curriculum on small private and/or historically black campuses.

In each session, facilitators and participants will explore educational theory and practice while also modeling a variety of learning strategies frequently practiced in these specific contexts (e.g., seminars, collaborative learning, text-based discussions, student-led presentations and discussions, case study, role-playing, mini-lectures and interactive lectures). All topics are considered through the lens of teaching as a scholarly practice.

*Formerly known as the Mellon Certificate in Humanities Education.

Time Commitment

CHTL Fall 2016 Cohort

Seminar:  8-weekly sessions 75 minutes in length

Will be offered: Fall 2016, Sept 7th-Oct 26th. Wednesdays, 11:10-12:25, – at the CFT

Practicum:  6-weekly sessions 75 minutes in length

Will be offered in Spring 2017, Jan 11th – Feb 15th, Wednesdays,  11:10-12:25 – at the CFT

 

Participation in the Certificate in Humanities Teaching  & Learning Program

To earn the Certificate in Humanities Teaching & Learning, participants must complete both the  Seminar and the Practicum. The Seminar Session is held in the Fall and the Practicum session is held in the Spring. They must be taken sequentially. If you complete the Seminar requirements in the Fall you will be automatically registered for the Spring Practicum, given the option to attend a summer intensive practicum session, or be wait listed for the following Spring Practicum.

Those interested in participating should do the following:

  • Discuss their intent to participate in the program with their department chair, director of graduate studies or mentor to arrange for time to complete the program. In all, the commitment is for 12 hours.
  •  Complete the Application to the program here.  Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2017

Special CHTL Summer 2017 Accelerated Workshop : 3, Full day, Seminar Workshop in May, followed by a Full day and a half Practicum, will be offered. Certificates will be awarded upon completion of both the Seminar and Practicum portions of the program. You must commit to all sessions to participate.

Seminar Workshop,  Dates  Monday, May 15th, Tuesday, May 16th & Wednesday, May 17th 9:00- 4:00 – at the CFT

Practicum Workshop, Dates Tuesday, May 23rd, 9:00 – 4:00 and Wednesday, May 24th, 9:00 – 12:30 – at the CFT

Register Here.

 

 Certificate in Humanities Teaching & Learning Program Seminar Requirements

Participation in 8-weekly seminar sessions 75 minutes in length, addressing the following key topics:

  • Taking Teaching, Learning, and the Liberal Arts Seriously
  • Reflecting on Teaching
  • Teaching in Specific Contexts
  • Understanding Humanities Pedagogies
  • Understanding Disciplinary Signature Pedagogies

Development of a Philosophy of Teaching that addresses the specific contexts explored in this program, including a one-hour, one-on-one consultation to receive feedback.

Participation in a Microteaching Exercise, during a regular seminar session, in which you teach 5-7 minutes of a class and receive feedback from your peers.

Participants may also attend an optional Teaching Visit. A teaching visit involves observation of a faculty colleague’s class (on a selected day), followed by an hour of conversation about what was observed, particularly shared teaching challenges. Typically 2 hours

 

Certificate in Humanities Teaching & Learning Program Practicum Requirements

Participation in 6-weekly seminar sessions 75 minutes in length, addressing the following key topics:

  • Developing powerful first and last day practices in class
  • Understanding disciplinary signature pedagogies and high-impact practices (HIPs)
  • Teaching in specific contexts
  • Working authentically with technology in the humanities classroom
  • Developing a framework for service and social justice learning

Development of a course syllabus and lesson plan utilizing Wiggins & McTighe’s theory of “backward design”

Drafting a sample cover letter for the humanities job market, with particular emphasis on the jobs at Small Liberal Arts Colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Consultation with a Graduate Teaching Fellow on job market materials related to teaching and learning

 

CHTL Summer Workshop Requirements

Participation in 3, full day, Seminar Workshop, Followed by a 1 1/2 day Practicum Workshop in May

  • Seminar Workshop,  May Dates TBD, Monday-Wednesday, 8:00- 4:00
  • Practicum Workshop, May Dates TBD

addressing the following key topics:

  • Taking Teaching, Learning, and the Liberal Arts Seriously
  • Reflecting on Teaching
  • Teaching in Specific Contexts
  • Understanding Humanities Pedagogies
  • Understanding Disciplinary Signature Pedagogies

Development of a Philosophy of Teaching that addresses the specific contexts explored in this program, including a one-hour, one-on-one consultation to receive feedback.

Participation in a Microteaching Exercise, during a regular seminar session, in which you teach 5-7 minutes of a class and receive feedback from your peers.

Practicum Requirements

Development of a course syllabus and lesson plan utilizing Wiggins & McTighe’s theory of “backward design”

Drafting a sample cover letter for the humanities job market, with particular emphasis on the jobs at Small Liberal Arts Colleges and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Consultation with a Graduate Teaching Fellow on job market materials related to teaching and learning