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Professional Development Certification

GTP Teacher Certification | Professional Development Certification

Preparing Future Faculty | Preparing Future Professionals


The Professional Development Certification is a program for advanced graduate students offered jointly by the Graduate Teacher Program (GTP) and Graduate Student Career Program(GSCP). (Beginning graduate students who are teaching are advised to pursue the Graduate Teacher Certification.) Graduate students are not required to teach to pursue the PDC.

PDC Personal Attendance Tracking Form (.doc)

Outline for a Professional or Socratic Academic Portfolio (.pdf)

Track 1: PDC Preparing Future Faculty (PFF)

20 Graduate Teacher Program workshops: 10 GTP teaching workshops and 10 GTP professional development workshops.

Tracking Method: Participants sign in at all Graduate Teacher Program and GSCP workshops. GTP maintains electronic and hard copy data files for each student. Participants are also required to keep track of all workshops they attend using the PDC Personal Attendance Tracking Form (see above) in addition to signing in at each workshop. (No double dipping, i.e., one workshop cannot count for both the Graduate Teacher and the Professional Development Certificate).

Curriculum vitae (cv) to be submitted to the GTP office.

A mentorship plan should be created prior to the beginning of the mentorship to document the key skills and expertise the PFF fellow will develop over the course of the campus mentorship. The professional development plan is to be made with the PFF coordinator in the GTP or a faculty mentor and to be submitted to the student's file in the GTP office.

A PFF mentorship (100-150 hours dedicated to a project) on a campus in the Colorado Preparing Faculty Network. The PFF mentorship is organized through the Graduate Teacher Program.

One teaching or research colloquium to be evaluated by the faculty mentor on the host campus.

A written evaluation of the mentorship (explicitly taking into account the mentorship plan, the colloquium, and the PFF Fellow's work) by the faculty mentor on the host campus, to be submitted to student's file in the GTP file in the GTP office at the end of the internship.

A socratic portfolio which includes a summary of the PFF mentorship and the mentor's written evaluation; to be prepared in consultation with a faculty mentor or the GTP staff. A printed copy or link to an electronic portfolio should be submitted to the student's file in the GTP office.

A completed PDC/PFF Attendance Tracking form with preferred first name, middle name or initial(s), and last name, current phone number and mailing address; to be submitted to the student's file in GTP office so the certificate can be issued and mailed.

An on-line exit survey.

The certificate, signed by the director of the Graduate Teacher Program, the coordinator of Graduate Student Career Program, and the vice-chancellor for research and dean of the Graduate School, may be picked up in the GTP office or mailed.

COPFFN FELLOWS

Within COPFFN, unfunded PFF mentorships with faculty on a partner campus and site visits to partner campuses are organized by the Assistant Director of the GTP. Participants receive the title COPFFN Fellows and may pursue the Professional Development Certificate for Preparing Future Faculty. COPFFN fellows learn by observation and shadowing activities. They may also assist their mentor through research, guest lecturing, grading, collaborating on projects, grant proposals, syllabus/project design, software development, by advising others on the career opportunities available in the discipline, and/or by presenting professional colloquia to an academic and/or professional audience.

PROVOST'S FELLOWS

Funded fellowships includes the Provost's Fellows for the Libraries, where Provost's Fellows work closely with university library faculty, and the Provost's Fellows for Technology, where Provost's Fellows work with faculty mentors to improve courses through the introduction of technology.

Provost's Fellows may also pursue the PDC/PFF. Activities include attendance at the annual COPFFN Forum, and participation in relevant home department/campus activities such as courses in teaching at the postsecondary workshop, and the development of a portfolio.


PREPARING FUTURE PROFESSIONALS

It's important to realize that the PFF program is also invaluable to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows wanting to pursue a career outside academia. Leaders in business, government, industry, and the nonprofit sector want to hire graduate students or postdoctoral fellows who have demonstrated higher level organizational skills and an investment in their own professional development.

Through an internship that parallels the COPFFN mentorship, graduate students and the postdoctoral fellows also have the opportunity to develop and engage in collegial relationships with industry leaders and local businesses. Interns acquire leadership, communication, organizational, entrepreneurial, and interpersonal skills.

Additionally, the Graduate Teacher Program partners with Career Services to offer a nonacademic Professional Development Certificate for Business, Government, and Industry (PDC/BGI). Requirements include workshop attendance, completion of an internship plan, participation in an on- or off- campus internship arranged by Career Services, a presentation that is observed and evaluated by the internship mentor, completion of a professional portfolio and resume, and an exit survey.

Track 2: PDC: Business, Government, and Industry (BGI)

20 Graduate Teacher Program and GSCP Professional Development workshops: 10 GTP teaching workshops and 10 GTP or GSCP professional development workshops.

Tracking Method: Participants sign in at all Graduate Teacher Program and GSCP workshops. GTP maintains electronic and hard copy data files for each student. Participants are also required to keep track of all workshops they attend using the PDC Personal Attendance Tracking Form (see above) in addition to signing in at each workshop. (No double dipping, i.e., one workshop cannot count for both the Graduate Teacher and the Professional Development Certificate).

Resume to be submitted to the GSCP office.

An internship plan should be created prior to the beginning of the internship to document the key skills and expertise the PDC intern will develop over the course of the internship. The professional development plan is to be made with the coordinator of the Graduate Student Career Program in Career Services or a faculty mentor and o be submitted to the student's file in the GTP office.

An off-campus professional internship in business, government, industry, or the non-profit sector(120-150 hours, paid or unpaid). The off-campus professional internship is organized through the coordinator of the Graduate Student Career Program in Career Services or the Center for Humanities & Arts.

One on-site presentation to be evaluated during the internship by the internship mentor.

A written evaluation (explicitly) taking into account the professional development plan, the presentation, and the intern's work) by the internship mentor, to be submitted to student's files in the GTP office at the end of the internship.

A professional portfolio which includes a summary of the internship and the mentor's written evaluation; to be prepared in consultation with the coordinator of Graduate Student Career Program. A printed copy or link of an electronic portfolio should be submitted to the student's file in GSCP office so the certificate can be issued and mailed.

An on-line exit survey.

The certificate, signed by the director of the Graduate Teacher Program, the coordinator of Graduate Student Career Program, and the vice-chancellor for research and dean of the Graduate School, may be picked up in the GTP office or mailed.


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