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College and University Teaching

Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization in College and University Teaching

Is it your dream to become a professor at a prestigious college or university?

The College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University can help you get started.

Our graduate interdisciplinary specialization in college and university teaching will give you the skills to teach at the higher education level.

In this program, you will engage in a rigorous, structured exploration of theories and practice in university-level teaching – both in general and in your own specialization. You also will develop the skills and experiences to become a reflective and scholarly professor.

Why get a College and University Teaching Specialization?

When you work toward your specialization in college and university teaching, you will have the privilege to work one-on-one with an Ohio State faculty member. This mentorship will give you the first-hand experience you need to land a university teaching position. By completing your specialization in college and university teaching, you gain the experience and expertise of a higher education professor.

And you may already be well on your way to finishing your graduate specialization without even knowing it. Many graduate students find out they have already completed approved courses. That reduces the time you may need to achieve your college and university teaching specialization.

How Will I Earn my Interdisciplinary Specialization?

There are a few steps you need to follow in order to obtain your graduate interdisciplinary specialization.

  1. Fill out and submit the program planning form to the Office  of Student Services.
  2. Follow the procedures required to receive this specialization.
  3. Take the minimum of 10 credits and no more than 20 credit hours can be applied.
  4. Two or more programs outside of home program.
  5. Have at lease 9 hours outside of home program in at least 3 courses.
  6. Determine the curriculum necessary to obtain this specialization.
  7. Check out the list of courses you can take to fulfill these requirements.

*Please not that all of the following course subjects are within the Department of Educational Studies and count as one program.



You also will have to take part in a mentored teaching experience. This three-credit-hour-experience pairs you with a university faculty member where you will work as a graduate teaching assistant aiding your mentor in his or her classes.

On average, you will work nine hours per week as an assistant. This may not be a volunteer teaching assistantship. Although, volunteering is allowed in conjunction with the graduate teaching assistant appointment.

If no mentored teaching experiences are available, you and your mentor may develop one in collaboration with the steering committee. You should have a mentoring plan or contract developed to spell out the expectations of the mentoring experience. Get more information about what may be included in a mentoring experience from the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching.


It is possible to get completed classes, or relevant classes you want to take, considered for your graduate specialization. You will need the help of a faculty member to get this done. Following is the process you may use able to get courses added that will meet the requirements of a specialization:

  1. Find out what the course approval process involves.
  2. Get an independent study or a mentored experience course approved and on the list.
  3. Download a course approval form [PDF].
  4. Learn about faculty grants to support creating a course for this specialization.
  5. Download an application [PDF] for a course development grant.


How to Apply

This specialization is open to any graduate or professional student in good standing at The Ohio State University and is not already a student in the Department of Educational Studies. You must have the permission of your primary advisor to be admitted.

No prior teaching experience is required to specialize in college and university teaching.

The application process overview:

  1. Contact Alisa Tate in the Office of Student Services to complete the program planning form with course requirements.
  2. The program planning form must be submitted prior to completing the electronic form in Gradforms.
  3. Complete and electronically submit the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization form at once your program planning form has been approved.


GIS College and University Teaching Coordinators

All questions and applications should be directed to:

Alan Kalish, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost
Adjunct Associate Professor
Office of Academic Affairs

392 Bricker Hall
190 North Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 614.292.8123

Alisa Tate
Office of Student Services and Graduate Studies
Department of Educational Studies

122 Ramseyer Hall
29 West Woodruff Avenue
Columbus, Ohio 43210
Phone: 614.688.4007