CTL Teaching Development Program

Are you a graduate student looking for a way to document your teaching development across your graduate school career? CTL’s new Teaching Development Program (TDP) allows Columbia doctoral students to cultivate, document, and reflect on teaching development across the arc of their graduate school career. Graduate students can participate in the TDP program on either of two tracks, which are described below. Advanced Track participants complete Foundational Track requirements and a set of additional development activities. For more information, please read program details below and browse FAQs about the TDP program.

Completion of a TDP track earns a letter outlining track competencies and certifying completion from the Center for Teaching and Learning. Completion will also be noted on Columbia transcripts for doctoral students in Arts and Sciences departments.

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Teaching Development Program

The Teaching Development Program is now open for current Columbia University doctoral students. To register, click the button above and fill out the registration form. CTL will review and send confirmation of registration, with instructions for getting started.

Foundational Track

The Teaching Development Program’s Foundational Track introduces graduate students to fundamental concepts and practices in student-centered learning. It helps to deepen the experience of TAships, connecting early instructional experience to proven and sustainable pedagogical practices. Graduate students who complete the Foundational Track will be able to:

  • Describe and implement learner-centered pedagogical practices that draw on evidence-based educational research
  • Develop learning goals and aligned assessment strategies that are clear and measurable
  • Receive and apply peer-to-peer feedback to their teaching practice
  • Articulate and reflect on their own student-centered approach to teaching

Advanced Track

Graduate students wishing to develop advanced teaching practices and engage more deeply with a community of peers are invited to continue into the TDP’s Advanced Track. This track puts special emphasis on transferable professional skills that are cultivated through teaching practices and culminates in the development of a digital teaching portfolio containing strong evidence of inquiry-based teaching development.

In addition to the Foundational Track skills listed above, graduate students who complete the Advanced Track will be able to:

  • Demonstrate organized, engaging, and distinctive communication practices that extend into related professional practices
  • Articulate and reflect on their own inquiry-based development as a teacher
  • Present evidence of sustained teaching development to potential employers in and beyond academia

TDP Program Outline

Foundational track

Advanced track

Pedagogical training

• CTL Orientation to Teaching
• CTL Essentials of Teaching Series (four workshops)
• Three additional CTL pedagogy workshops

• CTL Orientation to Teaching
• CTL Essentials of Teaching Series (four workshops)
• Six additional CTL pedagogy workshops

Choose 1 Intensive Seminar (this menu will grow as additional intensives are developed):
Evidence-Based Teaching in Science & Engineering (ETSE)
Innovative Teaching Summer Institute (ITSI)
Inclusive Teaching Seminar

Application and practice

Peer feedback on teaching

Choose 1:
CTL teaching observation
Microteaching session
Mid-course review

Peer feedback on teaching

• 1 CTL teaching observation

Choose 1 additional:
• Additional CTL teaching observation
Microteaching session
Mid-course review

Instructor observation

1 of each:
• Faculty instructor
• Peer instructor

Preparation for job market

Recommended, not required:
• Teaching Statement Sprint
• Building Your Teaching Portfolio sessions
• Diversity Statement workshops

Recommended, not required:
• Teaching Statement Sprint
• Building Your Teaching Portfolio sessions
• Diversity Statement workshops

Capstone

 

Submission of:
• Reflective narrative about development throughout program

Submission of:
• Digital teaching portfolio
• Reflective narrative about development throughout program

• Exit interview with CTL

The CTL is here for graduate students.

The Columbia Center for Teaching and Learning provides an array of support for graduate students in both their current and future teaching responsibilities.