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College and University Teaching Independent Study in Disciplinary Teaching

An independent study is an option for you should no specific course be available to meet the disciplinary teaching course requirement for the college and university teaching graduate certificate.

The independent study needs to meet the same learning outcomes of an established course. However, while there should be standards for these outcomes across disciplines, specifics will vary. It is just these differences in the pedagogical content knowledge across disciplines the leads the steering committee to insist that much of this specialization must be taken in the home field.

This course of study should be a rigorous, academic exploration of teaching of the discipline in American higher education. It must go significantly further than the preparation for teaching that the unit offers for GTAs. Criteria and possible course components have been provided as a guide.

Instructors should submit a syllabus and a Course Approval Form to certificate coordinator Shirley Yu.