A Teaching Certificate Program At Michigan State University
2001 Annual Conference Proceedings
Introduction A college teaching certificate program has been established in the College of Engineering at Michigan State University. Students participating in the program must complete two courses. The first course deals with the theory and practice of teaching engineering. In a once-a-week, two-hour meeting, students are introduced to both the pedagogy of teaching engineering, as well as the practical aspects. In each two-hour session, there is some lecturing, some active learning exercises,
... arning exercises, and considerable discussion. Guest instructors are frequently utilized. In this paper, the course is described in detail, including its evolution through two offerings. The results of a course survey for the latest offering of the course are also presented and discussed. The second course involves a mentored teaching experience under the supervision of a college faculty member. The main component of this course is classroom teaching. Typically, a student will teach two to three weeks of a course that is officially assigned to a faculty member. In addition to preparing class presentations, the students will hold office hours, and prepare, monitor, and grade assignments including homework and examinations. A mentoring contract is agreed to by the student, faculty mentor, and program coordinator to insure that the experience is more than an unpaid teaching assistantship. The mentoring experience has been evaluated by program participants by the use of a survey. The survey results are provided in the paper, and their use to address problems with the mentoring experience is discussed. This paper also presents the steps in the development of the program, and discusses the evolution of the theory and practice course. This is followed by a description of the mentored teaching experience, including student feedback on this experience. The paper concludes with a review of the current status of the program and where it needs to go.