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Certificate in Collegiate Teaching in Art and Design

Through exploration, practice and research, the Certificate in Collegiate Teaching in Art and Design (CTAD) offers currently enrolled graduate students from all disciplines an opportunity for focused study in the area of collegiate-level studio pedagogy. Benefitting from access to the vitality and pedagogical practices of RISD faculty, students participating in the six-credit program learn models of teaching that aid them in creating a personal teaching philosophy and acquiring important skills for their development as future faculty in art and design and related disciplines.

For graduate students interested in pursuing teaching opportunities in higher education, the certificate provides an endorsement of their pedagogical skills—and a meaningful edge as they enter a competitive academic job market. In addition, students who also serve as instructors or co-instructors of Wintersession courses earn certificates that officially acknowledge the classroom experience they acquire here.

Program requirements

To earn the CTAD without teaching during Wintersession, students take the following required courses offered by the TLAD department, in the following sequence:

  1. Collegiate Teaching: Preparation and Reflection (three credits)
  2. Collegiate Studio: Discipline-centered Learning (three credits)

To earn a certificate conferred with teaching experience, students need to fulfill the following requirements, in order:

  1. complete Collegiate Teaching: Preparation and Reflection (three credits)
  2. complete the Collegiate Teaching Practicum (a three-credit Graduate Commons course offered in Wintersession)
  3. serve as instructor or co-instructor of record of a Wintersession course while concurrently enrolled in Collegiate Teaching Practicum