GSTC Program Description, Application Process, and Program Forms

GSTC General Description

To earn a graduate student teaching certificate students will complete a total of 12 credits. The credits are categorized as:

(Please note, teaching methodology and practicum courses tend to fill quickly and some are restricted to majors only.)

Participants are also required to attend minimum of 4 CIRTL or CELT teaching events and submit a signed event attendance form for each event.

The certificate program has 2 tracks: Track 1 is for students admitted to the Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program, and Track 2 is for non-PFF students.

Track 1: Preparing Future Faculty participant

Requirements:

  • Admitted to the Preparing Future Faculty Program
  • Teaching methodology course (3 credits)
    • Options include:
      • Hg Ed 561, College Teaching
      • Ag Ed 520, Instructional Methods for Teaching in Ag Ed
      • Chemistry 555, Chemical Pedagogy
      • English 500, Teaching English Composition
      • Psychology 633, Teaching of Psychology
      • VPth 530x, Teaching and Learning in Veterinary Medical Education
      • Other teaching methodology course approved by GSTC administrator
  • Teaching practicum (3 credits)
    • Gr St 587: PFF Teaching Practicum supervised by PFF staff and departmental faculty mentor
  • Electives
    • 4-6 credits of GSTC approved electives or PFF courses (not including Gr St 587)
  • PFF courses that fulfill this requirement
    • Gr St 585, PFF Introductory Seminar, 1 credit
    • Gr St 586, PFF Intermediate Seminar, 3 credits
    • Gr St 588, PFF Special Topics, 1-3 credits
  • Attend minimum of 4 CIRTL or CELT teaching events and submit a signed event attendance form for each event.

Track 2: non-PFF (12 credits)

  • Teaching methodology course (3 credits)
    • Options include:
      • Hg Ed 561, College Teaching
      • Ag Ed 520, Instructional Methods for Teaching in Ag Ed
      • Chemistry 555, Chemical Pedagogy
      • English 500, Teaching English Composition
      • Psychology 633, Teaching of Psychology
      • VPth 530x, Teaching and Learning in Veterinary Medical Education
      • Other teaching methodology course approved by GSTC administrator
  • Teaching practicum (3 credits)
    • Departmental Independent Study course (XXXX 590), supervised by disciplinary department,
    • OR select a 3 credit teaching practicum course offered by another department
  • Electives
    • 6 credits of GSTC approved electives
  • Attend minimum of 4 CIRTL or CELT teaching events and submit a signed event attendance form for each event.

Admission Standards and Prerequisites

To participate in the Graduate Student Teaching Certificate program, you must already have a graduate degree or be admitted to a graduate program at ISU, where you have completed at least 9 credit hours. If North American English is not your native language, you provide proof of the following requirements:

TOEFL Paper (PBT) 587
TOEFL Internet (iBT) 95
IELTS 7.0
Oral English Certification Test (OECT) Level 1

Application Process

To apply to the GSTC program submit a packet with the following items:

  • Visit the PD@ISU website to complete a GSTC Application Form
  • A current vita
  • Three letters of recommendation (letters can come from faculty at ISU or at other institutions who are familiar with your teaching background)
  • Oral English Certification Test (OECT) & TOEFL or IELTS scores (if North American English is not your native language)
  • A completed Request to Pursue a Certificate in Addition to a Graduate Degree form.
    • On this form list the courses you plan to take to complete the GSTC. For each course entered on the form (except those that are part of the PFF program Gr St, 585, 586, 587 and 588) submit a paragraph describing how the proposed elective and teaching practicum courses satisfy the criteria for each.

Submit the completed packet to:

CELT
Graduate Student Teaching Certificate
3024 Morrill Hall
603 Morrill Road
Ames, IA 50011-2170


For more information please contact:

Karen M Bovenmyer
Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching – GSTC
3024 Morrill Hall
(515) 294-4065
gstc@iastate.edu