The Reflective Educational Design |RED| Core Teaching Certification |CTC| is designed to provide support and recognition for faculty members at NC State who are dedicated to reflective teaching and learning. The certification helps faculty members advance towards becoming scholarly teachers. Scholarly teachers “view teaching as a profession and the knowledge base on teaching and learning as a second discipline in which to develop expertise” (McKinney, 2007, p. 9). Scholarly teachers “do things such as reflect on their teaching, use classroom assessment techniques, discuss teaching issues with colleagues, try new things, and read and apply the literature on teaching and learning” (McKinney, 2007, p. 9). Watch the CTC Overview »
“This self-paced online professional development from the Office of Faculty Development helped me work with other faculty to discuss current teaching skills and trends. I feel connected to faculty across campus to talk about interdisciplinary research, course design, and student engagement.”
— Michelle Bartlett, Assistant Teaching Professor, College of Education
Benefits of Participation
Faculty participants seeking Core Teaching Certification:
- Learn research-based methods for improving their instruction
- Gain a deeper understanding of best practices in higher education pedagogy
- Explore a variety of strategies for assessing student learning
- Reflect on their practices as professoriates
- Develop relationships with other faculty members interested in pedagogy
- Earn a certificate that formally represents the time and effort put into improving his/her/their instruction
Click here to read about Melissa Hendrickson’s experience in the RED CTC.
Relationship to Strategic Plan
In addition to the benefits listed above, the CTC also fulfills goals put forth by the Chancellor in his strategic plan, “The Pathway to the Future.” Particularly, the CTC aligns with the following goals:
- Goal 1: Enhance the success of our students through educational innovation
- “Provide high-impact educational experiences for undergraduates”
- Goal 3: Enhance interdisciplinary scholarship to address the grand challenges of society
- “Lower the barriers between disciplines and departments”
- provides instructors the opportunity to learn pedagogical skills and information about teaching not necessarily gained during formal training in graduate school, helping them become more scholarly teachers;
- allows instructors to gain recognition for their efforts to become more intentional, reflective teachers who incorporate best practices in teaching in higher education; and
- affords faculty members the opportunity to meet other faculty members outside their home departments who are dedicated to improving their teaching.
“The program really helped me to become a better teacher. It was very helpful for the creation of my first elective course. Thanks to the program, I improved in writing learning outcomes, in designing lectures, assessment and how to organize my course and receive feedback. I discovered what really means be a reflective teacher and how to apply it. In my career, I have been mainly a 'researcher' more than a 'teacher' and now I think I have learned how to be both.”
— Elisa Crisci, Assistant Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
Certificate Format, Scope, and Sequence
Accepted faculty participants will complete reflective activities and one module for each of the five essential competencies:
- Reflective Teaching
- Instructional Design
- Assessment of Student Learning
- Student-Centered Teaching
- Assessment of Teaching
In order to fulfill the requirements of the certification, accepted faculty participants must attend one module for each competency. Attendance is online and asynchronous, allowing faculty to work at their own pace. The RED CTC Catalog 2020 outlines the modules from which to choose for each of the competencies. Faculty participants will be notified via University email of their acceptance and provided instructions.
OFD is currently accepting CTC applications
Applications will reopen for the Summer 2021 cohort in April. Please visit this webpage and watch the OFD newsletter for announcements regarding application processes and deadlines.
Who is eligible for the CTC?
The certification is open to all NC State faculty, including non-tenure track faculty and part-time faculty.
Can graduate students participate in the CTC?
No. They are encouraged to seek out the many professional development opportunities offered by the Graduate School. Post-docs who have already fully completed the Teaching and Communication Certificate may apply for the CTC.
How do I participate in the CTC?
Applications for certification Packs (cohorts) are accepted in December, May, and August each year. Please do not register for any module sessions in REPORTER until accepted into the program and registered in the certificate by the facilitator in REPORTER. Faculty participants will be notified via University email of their acceptance and provided instructions.
How long does it take to complete the program?
It is estimated that the certification process may take 10-14 hours, depending on the depth of each reflection. Please refer to the CTC syllabus for certification details.
How long can I take to complete the program?
It is recommended that faculty participants complete the certification within one academic year from the time of enrollment. The certification can be achieved in one semester, with diligence. We encourage faculty participants to succinctly complete all modules and reflective activities.
Is there a cost for the certification?
No, OFD does not charge faculty to participate.
Do previous professional learning experiences count toward certification?
Because certification relies on applying reflective strategies to design/re-design a course, prior sessions/experiences will not satisfy certification requirements.
Is the certification offered online?
Yes. Faculty participants may complete the entire certification online by selecting the online modules in REPORTER and completing the reflective activities asynchronously online.
If I start the program in hybrid modality, can I complete it online?
Yes. Any faculty participant may choose their modules to be online or face-to-face while completing all other reflective activities online.
What if I can’t make it to a face-to-face module?
- To cancel module registration prior to 24 hours before the workshop, log in to REPORTER.
- To cancel within less than 24 hours of the module, contact email@example.com.
- Reschedule for a different module in REPORTER.
Is this the same as the Certificate of Reflective Teaching (CRT) previously offered by OFD?
For additional questions, please contact the certification facilitator:
Dr. Amy Neaves
Senior Faculty Development Specialist