This Week for Graduate Students: Save the Date: Teaching Development Program Summer Sprint

by | Apr 25, 2023

Save the Date! TDP Sprint This June

Complete the TDP Foundational Track in less than a week!

This unique offering from CTL provides you with all programming needed to complete the Foundational Track of the Teaching Development Program in four action-packed days. Completion of the Foundational Track of the TDP earns notation on Columbia University transcripts and a letter from CTL certifying sustained teaching development in graduate school.

The sprint includes access to all required workshops, time to complete preparatory and reflective activities, collegial engagement with other graduate students in the TDP, and lunch each day. Applications open May 1.

Time and Date: June 5–8; 9:30am–4:00pm
Location: Columbia University Morningside Campus

Reminders for Exiting the TDP

If you are nearing completion of a Teaching Development Program (TDP) track, let us be the first to congratulate you! You have carried through with a systematic and sustained exploration of pedagogy that makes you a considerably stronger and more effective teacher, and will continue to benefit you, your future students, and your future employers. After certifying your completion of a track, CTL will coordinate with the University Registrar on your transcript notation. You can finish a track and exit the TDP program at any point while you are in your graduate program at Columbia.

Important steps at the finish line:

  • Double check that you have met program requirements by comparing the TDP Overview to your submitted materials.
  • If you have a May 2023 degree conferral, track completion deadlines are as follows: Advanced Track: May 1; Foundational Track May 8

Careers in Educational Development

Curious about the field of educational development as a career trajectory? Come hear from the CTL’s Assistant Directors (ADs) and Learning Designers (LDs) about our recent paths to careers in educational development and our early experiences in this field. Through a brief pre-session reading and informed in-session Q&A, participants in this session will learn about a range of interests and pathways that led us to this career path, the kinds of opportunities we sought out along the way, and how we prepared for our transition into the field of educational development.

Ultimately, this session can help graduate students interested in pursuing a career in educational development to identify steps they can take (or may have already taken) to prepare for this career. 

Date: Friday, May 5 
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Location: Butler Library, Room 212

This workshop counts as a Pedagogy Workshop for participants enrolled in the Teaching Development Program

Consultations & Office Hours

The CTL provides graduate students and postdocs with consultations at all points in their teaching career. These include consultations on teaching statements, professional development, preparing for the job market, teaching online, and general teaching-related support. Request a consultation.

Office Hours
Live office hours for graduate students are being held each Friday from 2:00 PM–4:00 PM ET. Current Columbia graduate students seeking guidance on teaching approaches and tactics, preparing materials for teaching portfolios, or completing tracks in the Teaching Development Program are invited to drop in, no appointment necessary – in-person in 212 Butler or online via Zoom. Please contact for the Zoom link.