Academic Programs on College Teaching

The UNH Academic Program in College Teaching

The College Teaching Program prepares graduate students for academic teaching positions, and students are ready to teach in their field or discipline upon completion of program requirements. The transfer and relationship between theory and research and instructional practice is emphasized in all courses.

This is a University-wide program coordinated by the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School and involving the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching and Learning as well as faculty members from many fields and disciplines. Two academic programs are offered: the cognate in college teaching and the certificate in college teaching. Both programs require that students apply through the Graduate School and be formally admitted to the program. The application form can be accessed here.

  • Cognate in College Teaching.  To be eligible for this program, you need to be enrolled in a doctoral or terminal master's program. To view the requirements for the cognate click HERE
  • Graduate Certificate in College Teaching. This program does NOT require current enrollment in a doctoral or terminal master's program. To view the requirements for the certificate click HERE. 

Below is a listing of the required and elective courses for both the Cognate and Graduate Certificate in College Teaching: 

Courses

Mode

Time

Credits

Core Courses - 4 courses (8 credits)

GRAD 950 Issues in College Teaching

Face to face Summer 2
GRAD 951 Teaching with Writing Online Summer 2
GRAD 961 Cognition, Teaching, and Learning Online Summer 2
GRAD 965 Classroom Research and Assessment Methods Online Summer 2
       

Electives – 2 courses (Varied Availability)
(minimum of 4 credits)

GRAD 970 Special Topics in College Teaching: Teaching and Learning with Multimedia

Online January Term 2

GRAD 970 Special Topics in College Teaching: Teaching with Technology

Online Summer  2
GRAD 995 Independent Study TBA AY of Summer - permission required 1 or 2

With prior approval from the College Teaching Director, the 

appropriate course(s) or seminar(s) on teaching in a particular

discipline (e.g., history, economics, chemistery, psychology, etc.)

Face to face AY Variable
       

Integrative Experience 
(Cognate in College Teaching Only)

GRAD 998 College Teaching Portfolio

TBD    

 

Course Descriptions

GRAD 950 Issues in College Teaching. 2 cr. Offered on campus.
Issues faced within the classroom including evaluation methods, classroom climate and diversity, instructional approaches, teaching and learning resources, and student behavior. Cr/F.

GRAD 951 Teaching With Writing. 2 cr. Offered online.
We will explore the best ways to use writing in the classroom. Work with individual experience and existing scholarship will help us answer key questions about course-level writing: Who should teach writing? How do students become better writers? How does writing help students learn? How do we effectively and economically include writing in our classrooms? What is good writing? Our goal is to understand how to help students become better writers and how to use writing to learn across a wide variety of occasions and disciplines. Cr/F.

GRAD 961 Cognition, Teaching, and Learning. 2 cr. Offered online.

We will review several cognitive theories of learning and explore their application in educational contexts. We will identify teaching strategies that have been empirically demonstrated to enhance the use of cognitive skills and improve learning and teaching effectiveness. Topics include: prior knowledge, individual differences, and learning; expertise reversal effect; feedback and learning; desirable difficulties; interleaving and spacing of practice; illusions of competence; principles of multimedia learning; retrieval practice and test-enhanced learning; worked examples; conceptual change; self-explanation and learning; learning from text; cognitively-based approaches to study.

GRAD 965 Classroom Research and Assessment Methods. 2 cr. Offered online.

The focus of this course is on the improvement of teaching and learning in a teacher's own course, primarily on the work related to course-level research and assessment at the postsecondary level. Throughout the course we will read and discuss what Cross, Angelo, Steadman, Barkley, Howell Major and others have written about classroom research and assessment. 

GRAD 970 Special Topics in College Teaching: Teaching with Technology. 2 cr. Offered online.

This course focuses on teachers' development of personal positions on the use of technology in presenting course material. Students will begin by examining attitudes, affordances, and challenges associated with the use of technologies in teaching. Next, we will explore instructional technologies that have the potential to benefit learning outcomes based on course objectives that you set. The final project will be to develop a practical strategy that incorporates technology in a course that you will teach. 

GRAD 970 Special Topics in College Teaching: TLMM. 2 cr. Offered online.

Through the lens of cognitive load theory students will examine Richard Mayer’s cognitive theory of multimedia that can be used to design any face-to-face or online presentation of to-be-learned material. Additional readings will include empirical literature demonstrating the learning benefits of multimedia presentations using several multimedia principles. The final project will be to develop an annotated multimedia lesson presentation, applying cognitive principles of multimedia learning, for a specific course that you might teach.

GRAD 971 Teaching in Science. 4 cr. Offered on campus.
Issues, activities, and research in science education, including history of curricula, student and teacher knowledge and beliefs, epistemological and cognitive bases of science learning, and related instructional approaches. Extensive reading, writing, discussion, and reflection are included.

In addition, graduate seminars and courses on teaching in a discipline (e.g., Economics, History, Sociology, English, Psychology) may be used as electives in the Cognate program.