Graduate Specialization in Teaching

The graduate Specialization in Teaching will allow Engineering Ph.D. students to receive practical training in pedagogy designed to enhance their knowledge and skill set for future teaching careers. Students will gain knowledge and background in college-level teaching and learning from a variety of sources, in addition to experience in instructional practices. Students completing the Specialization in Teaching must fulfill all of their Ph.D. requirements in addition to the specialization requirements detailed below. Upon fulfillment of the requirements, students will be provided with a certificate of completion. Upon receipt of the certificate of completion, students may append "Specialization in Teaching" to their curricula vitae.

Please note that this specialization is only available for PhD students in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the Materials and Manufacturing Technology School-wide Concentration.

Application Procedure:

Ph.D. students who have matched with a faculty advisor and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above may apply for admission to the Specialization in Teaching. Applicants are advised to apply as soon as they become eligible to best integrate the Specialization in Teaching with their plan of study.

Students generally begin the Specialization in Teaching during the fall quarter, as the Teaching Assistant Professional Development Program (TAPDP) is the specialization's first requirement, and is only offered once per academic year. Please note that students may also fulfill the TAPDP requirement prior to being accepted into the specialization.

The Graduate Specialization in Teaching Application deadline is September 1 in the fall quarter prior to starting the specialization requirements. However, if a student has already taken TAPDP, they can apply at any time during the academic year. 

Specialization Requirements:

Professional Development Area Requirement
1. Orientation to college-level training Attend TAPDP
2. Teaching Pedagogy Complete the following courses:
  1 course in Teaching: UNI STU 390A, ICS 398B
  1 course in Education: EDUC 212, 223, 266, 285
  1 Teaching Specialization Seminar: ENGR 295 (1 unit)
3. Instructional practice Teaching Assistant (TA) for 2 courses
  Complete video-taped teaching and midterm feedback consultation
4. Reflection on instructional practice Submit a 2-page Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Please feel free to schedule an appointment with the Graduate Student Affairs Office by emailing if you have any questions about this opportunity. Applications will need to be submitted (along with all necessary materials) to the Graduate Student Affairs Office (GSAO), 5400 Engineering Hall, by September 1st in the fall quarter prior to starting the teaching specialization requirements. 

Once a decision is made on your application, you will be contacted to set up an initial meeting with the Assistant Director in GSAO.