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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 grad students from all disciplines an opportunity for focused study in the area of collegiate-level studio teaching.

Benefitting from the teaching practices of RISD faculty, students taking part in the six-credit program learn models of teaching that aid them in creating a personal teaching philosophy. Along the way they gain important skills for their development as future faculty in art and design and related disciplines.

For grad students interested in higher education teaching, the certificate endorses their classroom skills and provides a meaningful edge in the academic job market. In addition, students who serve as instructors or co-instructors of a Wintersession course earn official certification of their teaching experience at RISD.

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