The Certificate of College Teaching Preparation (CCTP) is an opportunity for graduate students to complete a comprehensive training program in effective college teaching. The certificate is not a summative evaluation of your teaching; rather, it provides a record of your participation in teaching activities and your reflections on those experiences. Drawing upon programs offered by the YTC and its partners across campus, graduate students use the CCTP guidelines to organize and receive recognition on their transcripts for their efforts to become effective classroom teachers. We believe that graduate students who complete the certificate program will be better able to teach undergraduates at Yale and beyond, more attractive candidates for colleges and universities who are recruiting skillful teachers; moreover, the CCTP will indicate that they have used their time as graduate students, and the Yale teaching support resources, in an advantageous and pro-active way.
The completion instructions will help you determine if you wish to register. The tip sheet, “How to Think about the CCTP: Tips for Writing” will help you prepare your teaching statement and sample syllabi. The sample teaching portfolios will show you examples of successful teaching portfolios prepared by Yale graduate students.
At this time, only students enrolled in a PhD program in the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are eligible.
Program Requirements (for details, see the CCTP Completion Instructions):
1. Teaching @ Yale Day
2. Observing others teaching
3. Being observed while teaching
4. Training and development
- 1 “Fundamentals of Teaching” course
- 8 or more Advanced Teaching workshops, including
o 1 workshop each on technology and diversity
5. Teaching portfolio
6. Reflective narrative on completing the CCTP process
7. Exit interview