Certificate in Pedagogy

The Dean鈥檚 Certificate in Pedagogy is offered by the two Graduate Schools of 今日吃瓜 and administered by the Dean of Graduate Studies, Professor Xuemei May Cheng. All graduate and post-doctoral students who would like to develop and improve their teaching abilities and experiences are invited to participate.

The program begins when a student notifies the Dean of Graduate Studies of their interest in participating. Activities are student-driven, but are completed with faculty support and guidance.

When all requirements have been met, participants schedule a meeting with the Dean of Graduate Studies to review and discuss all relevant materials. Successful completion of the Certificate will be indicated on a student鈥檚 transcript.

Certificate Requirements

1. Background/Basics

Participate in four through SOWK B676: Making Space for Learning: Pedagogical Planning and Facilitation in Higher Education Contexts. These pedagogy workshops afford you the opportunity to systematically explore fundamental pedagogical issues and approaches, which include developing inclusive and equitable approaches to teaching and learning. Contact Kelly Gavin Zuckerman, Visiting Assistant Professor of Education, kzuckerman@brynmawr.edu, for more information about the pedagogy workshops.

Although not required, participants are strongly encouraged to take advantage of the following resources:

  • or Pedagogy Circles support cross-constituency dialogue around developing inclusive, equitable, and anti-racist approaches to teaching and learning across campus contexts (within and beyond classrooms). Contact Alison Cook-Sather, Mary Katharine Woodworth Professor of Education and Director of the Teaching and Learning Institute, acooksat@brynmawr.edu for more information about the Pedagogy Circles.

  • The Online Teaching Institute (OTI) for graduate students is a fully online opportunity in which graduate student instructors work together with support from Library and Information Technology Services (LITS) on the design of an online course. Contact edtechservices@brynmawr.edu and jhopkins1@brynmawr.edu for more information about OTI.

2. Experiences and Reflections

Complete a total of three activities designed to encourage a better understanding of your own teaching style and areas for growth and improvement. Complete at least two activities in Group I and choose one or two activities from Group II. Alternative activities may be developed in consultation with the Dean. Additional guidance regarding record keeping will be provided.

Group I鈥擜ssessment

Visit three different faculty members, at least one who is outside of your department, take observation notes, and meet to discuss your observations with the faculty member. (Alison Cook-Sather, acooksat@brynmawr.edu, can help you arrange these observations.)

  • If you are a T.A., arrange to have a faculty member observe your class session and give feedback on style and content. Or, videotape your class and critique it with a faculty member.
  • If you are a T.A. or have teaching experience, discuss your student evaluations, and the evaluation process, with an appropriate faculty member. Use your most recent teaching activity as a basis for this discussion.
  • If you are not a T.A., make some form of pedagogical presentation (a workshop, a demonstration, etc.) that can be observed and critiqued by a faculty member live on or videotape. (Alison Cook-Sather, acooksat@brynmawr.edu, can work with you to determine the most appropriate form for this presentation.)

Group II鈥擲kills

(select one or two activities to be completed with a faculty mentor)

  • Develop a course (choose readings, devise assignments, write syllabus, prepare three lectures with audio-visual or other enhancements). To inform this work, see this resource for decolonizing syllabi and developing equitable and inclusive courses.
  • Develop a non-lecture activity. For example, design a laboratory exercise, a language drill section, a conversation section, or a web-based exhibit. Consult resources such as for how such activities might be informed by attention to equity and inclusion.
  • Write a series of exams, problem sets, or other homework assignments (with solutions) for a class of your choosing. To inform this work, consider participating in  focused on equity in assessment.
  • Be responsible for an ongoing seminar series, or develop and initiate a new series. These could be modeled, for instance, on the series.

3. Portfolio: Documentation

Create a teaching portfolio to document and reflect on your teaching experiences. You must include an artifact representation your completion of each of the requirements for the Dean's Certificate in Pedagogy. All artifacts except the teaching philosophy and the self-assessment must be paired with a critical reflection in which you discuss the significance of the experience the artifact represents and the implications for you as a teacher. (N.B. One of the workshops offered through the TLI focuses on portfolio development.) One possible set of entries might be:

a. A personal teaching philosophy
b. Samples of insights you have gained from observing and talking with other faculty
c. Course evaluations
d. Syllabus of a course you have developed
e. Representative assignments and evaluations
f. Examples of non-lecture activities
g. Self-assessment: Reflection and projection

Note: Many of these requirements (Background/Basics, Group II of Experiences and Reflections, and the Portfolio) can be fulfilled or at least begun if you enroll in Education 301: Curriculum and Pedagogy Seminar (offered every fall semester); the assignments for that course can be tailored to allow you to meet all of the above criteria for the Dean鈥檚 Certificate. If you complete the course it will also appear on your transcript. Contact Alison Cook-Sather (acooksat@brynmawr.edu) if you are interested in this option.