The Graduate School

Teaching - Community College

Binghamton University was one of the first schools in the U.S. to offer a university-wide Certificate of Completion in College/University Teaching. With the addition of the Certificate of Completion in Community College Teaching, we are better able to support the professional development of graduate students who are interested in faculty positions at 4-year and 2-year higher education institutions. SUNY Broome (formerly known as Broome Community College) is the initial partner for this certificate program, but students may work with any community college. 

The certificate may be integrated into academic studies at any point in a current degree-seeking graduate student's academic career at Binghamton University. This certificate provides depth and experience for individuals wishing to teach at the community college level. Please note that this certificate of completion is not affiliated with the Graduate School of Education and does not lead to New York State teaching certification.

Requirements

Each student's plan of study, as described in the learning contract, can be tailored to meet the student's academic and professional goals. The Graduate School at Binghamton University must approve the student's plan of study before the student begins the program.

This certificate requires a total of at least 12 credits. Students must take GRD 676 and at least one of the following courses: GRD 671 and GRD 672. 

GRD 676: The Community College - 4 credits

This course covers the mission of community college, type of governance, financial structure, challenges for community college, student needs, learning styles, developing a learning environment, supplementary support for students, the role of advising, and related topics.

GRD 671: Instructional Design Basics - 4 credits
Readings and exercises lead students through the process of developing a course using principles of instructional design. Topics include: What is intelligence? How do your students learn? How does prior learning affect the acquisition of new information? How will you use technology and other teaching tools? How will you assess learning? Appropriate for college level instruction and also secondary level teachers. Prerequisites: Graduate status or permission of the instructor.

GRD 672: Fostering Intellectual Character - 4 credits
Readings and exercises lead students through the process of developing a course that fosters intellectual character. Topics include: who are today's college students?; what is "smart?"; initiating a culture of thinking; developing thinking routines; instructor as a model of thinking; learning to think by talking; faculty who make a difference. Appropriate for college level instruction and also secondary level teachers. Prerequisites: Graduate status or permission of the instructor.

Application

To declare your intent to pursue the certificate, develop and submit your learning contract. Your learning contract will be a proposal (no longer than 2 pages in length) documenting how and when you intend to fulfill the requirements for the teaching certificate of completion. You will work closely with your graduate director to create this document. There are various ways to fulfill the requirements, and your plan should be individualized for your own course of study. The creation of the learning contract facilitates the development of a plan that is meaningful and appropriate for you. Once you have written your learning contract, submit copies to your graduate director and to the Graduate School at gradsch@binghamton.edu

Completion

As you progress, be sure to document all activities related to your progress. We recommend that you make copies of all documents. 

When you have completed the requirements, including the compilation of your teaching portfolio, submit the final document to your graduate director. Once your department has confirmed your successful completion of the requirements, please submit a copy to the Graduate School and pay the $100 certificate processing fee to the Graduate School by the certificate processing fee deadline. Have your department submit written notification, signed by the graduate director, to the Graduate School, formally verifying that you have completed all requirements and passed all required courses.

Questions?

If you have questions, please contact Associate Dean Sarah Lam in the Graduate School at sarahlam@binghamton.edu.

Last Updated: 4/28/17