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Certificate in College Teaching

If you plan to go on to a faculty career in higher education, you will very likely be expected to teach. The Certificate in College Teaching program both prepares you to do this and formally documents this professional development to make you more competitive when applying for positions. Students who complete the CCT will have it listed on their transcripts as an officially endorsed Duke University Graduate School certificate.

The CCT combines departmental training and resources with programming from The Graduate School to give you systematic pedagogical training that not only helps you develop as a teacher, but also allows you to use your time more efficiently as you balance your research and teaching responsibilities.

The goals of the CCT program are to facilitate and recognize graduate students’ completion of:

  • Sustained, systematic pedagogical training that promotes
    • current best practices in teaching and learning,
    • appropriate use of instructional technology, and
    • systematic assessment of student learning outcomes
  • A reflective teaching practice including peer observation
  • Development of materials suitable for use in applying for teaching positions after graduation


The Certificate in College Teaching program has three major requirements:

The program requirements take about a year to complete, but that may vary as opportunities for gaining teaching experience vary across departments. CCT work may be done alongside other classes, research, or work on a dissertation, and should not significantly interfere with the timely completion of any of these. After you apply to the CCT program, the program director will meet with you to go over the requirements and your timeline for completing them.

Completing the Program

In the semester you expect to graduate, you should complete the CCT Graduation Form and make an appointment for an exit interview. At the exit interview, you will receive feedback on your portfolio and be asked to discuss your experience in the program. This graduation form must be submitted before the last day of classes in the term of graduation. We expect to maintain contact with our students after they have graduated from Duke to find out how well this program prepared them for their current and future positions.

Apply to the CCT


Hugh Crumley, PhD
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education
Duke University Graduate School
2127 Campus Drive, Box 90068
Durham, NC 27708