Certification in College Teaching Program


The Michigan State University Certification in College Teaching program is an initiative of The Graduate School, in partnership with departments and colleges. The program is designed to help graduate students organize and develop their teaching experience in a systematic and thoughtful way.

Program participants partake in a series of workshops, enroll in a graduate course devoted to teaching in higher education, engage in a mentored teaching experience with a faculty member and develop a teaching portfolio to highlight, organize and reflect upon their teaching experiences.

Upon completion of the program, students receive an MSU Certificate in College Teaching and the accomplishment is noted on their transcript.


The Certification in College Teaching is available to students enrolled in any Ph.D. program within the College of Engineering. Students must obtain the support of their research adviser and must identify one or more teaching mentors from the College of Engineering faculty. The same individual may serve as both research adviser and teaching mentor, or students may select different faculty for these roles.

Core Competencies

As part of the Certification in College Teaching program, students will develop competency in five areas:

  • Adult Students as Learners - Creating Learning Environments
  • Engineering Teaching Strategies
  • Assessment of Learning
  • Technology in the Classroom
  • Professional Development - Understanding the Academy


The Certification in College Teaching Program Application for students in the College of Engineering is available online as a word document. Completed applications should be submitted to Dr. Katy Luchini Colbry, Director for Graduate Initiatives, 2420 Engineering Building.  NOTE: if you have questions about the College application, please contact Dr. Colbry for assistance before seeking signatures on the application form.

Additional Information

For additional information about the Certification in College Teaching, please visit the program website provided by The Graduate School (http://grad.msu.edu/collegeteaching/). General inquiries may be directed to Dr. Melissa McDaniels, Assistant Dean, The Graduate School (mcdani73@msu.edu), while inquiries specific to the College of Engineering may be directed to Dr. Katy Luchini Colbry, Director for Graduate Initiatives (colbryka@msu.edu).