North Carolina State University. Notification of Intent to Implement A Graduate Certificate in Community College Teaching

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1 North Carolina State University Notification of Intent to Implement A Graduate Certificate in Community College Teaching Constituent Departments: Adult and Community College Education and Math, Science and Technology Education Discipline Division: Adult and Community College Education and Technology Education Academic Level: Graduate Exact Title of the Proposed Program: Graduate Certificate in Community College Teaching Exact Degree Abbreviation: GCCCT Proposed to Implement Program: Spring 2004 Proposed number of students: 20 students Additional resources required: None, most courses are currently being taught and the remainder will be developed as on-line offerings through an NSF grant. Intent to Implement Approved: Carol E. Kasworm, Head, Adult and Community College Education John Penick, Head, Math, Science, and Technology Education Duane Akroyd, Director of Graduate Programs, ACCE William Deluca, Director of Graduate Programs, MSTE Chair College Graduate Studies Committee Dean, College of Education Dean, Graduate School, for Administrative Board of Graduate School

2 2 PROPOSAL FOR A GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE TEACHING Introduction Representatives from the Department of Adult and Community College Education (ACCE) and the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE) established a faculty steering committee and subsequently an advisory committee with representatives from the North Carolina Community College System office and selected regional community colleges, to explore the need and value of an on-line graduate certificate program to enhance and up-date the instructional capabilities of current and future community college faculty. After input from the advisory committee, a proposed graduate certificate in community college teaching was reviewed and recommended by departmental faculty, and endorsed by the NC President s Community College Executive Committee, the NC Community College Chief Academic Officers Executive Committee, Martin Lancaster, the President of the North Carolina Community College System and James Hudgins, Executive Director of the South Carolina Technical College System. Acting upon this recommendation, a grant proposal was submitted to the National Science Foundation and funding received ($900,000), to develop and implement an on-line graduate certificate program to enhance the instructional expertise of community college faculty. Community college administrators and faculty instructors face a daunting challenge as new or recently hired instructional staff enters the classroom. How does one become an exemplary instructor at a community college? The majority of community college faculty are hired primarily for their content expertise and for their credentials to meet accreditation standards; most develop their pedagogy on-the-job. While some community colleges attempt to provide faculty development efforts through diverse workshops, conferences, mentoring, and short-courses, both the instructional demands of teaching many courses and the limited resources available for faculty development initiatives, hinder the systematic development of instructional knowledge and skills. These instructional development resources are not accessible to all faculty nor do they reflect a developmental sequence of instructional competencies. Although there has been significant national dialogue and a few pilot programs to enhance the instructional capabilities of faculty at two-year institutions, there are few ongoing formal collegiate offerings

3 3 to support this significant need and none in North Carolina, a system with more than 17,000 fulltime and part-time faculty. While community colleges in North Carolina, as well as the System Office, support a variety of instructional development activities, they are limited in number and often short in duration. Much of the feedback from community college faculty, administrators and the above advisory groups, indicated a need for instructional development activities for faculty that would offer a systematic and sequential design of instructional courses, a flexible delivery system, and an in-depth coverage of current instructional theories and practices. Within the state, no fouryear institutions offer designated programs which provide for the systematic development of teaching expertise for community college instructors. Additionally, offering the certificate online will enable the program to provide access to a more geographically diverse group of community college faculty in North Carolina. The North Carolina Community College System projects an increase of 45-60% faculty due to retirement or turnover rate in the next five years, and project new faculty will increase, due to a 8-12% growth in community college enrollments in the next ten years. 1 The target audience for this certificate will initially be faculty teaching in community colleges in North Carolina, or individuals with a bachelor s degree, who would like to teach in a community college in the state. Goals And Objectives The key goal for the Community College Teaching certificate program is to provide high quality content and instruction for the systematic development of instructional expertise for regional community college instructors. Key instructional goals for the certificate program include: 1) To develop the key knowledge and skills regarding the adult learning, instructional strategies, and the nature of a supportive learning community classroom instructional environment. 2) To enhance skills and adapt classroom design, instruction, and evaluation in disciplinary content areas. 1 The North Carolina Community College System has approximately 4, 814 fulltime credit and extension continuing education faculty and approximately 12,862 part-time credit and extension continuing education faculty. [Full-time credit faculty represents approximately 40-50% of their instructional activities]

4 4 3) To gain knowledge and skills for critical decision-making in the necessary adaptations of classroom activities for diverse students who represent diverse contexts Academic Requirements Applicants must 1. be a graduate of an accredited four-year college, and have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale in last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study or 2. be a degree student in good standing in a NC State University graduate program or 3. have a master s degree Provisional Admission Applicants who do not meet the GPA requirements may be admitted provisionally based on past work experiences as a community college instructor and the completion of at least a B average in the first three courses of the certificate. Program Of Study The graduate certificate program in Community College Teaching will require a minimum of 15 hours, to include the following courses, in the following sequence: Core Courses (9 hours) EAC 759 The Adult Learner 3 hours EAC 580 Designing Instructional Systems in Training and Development 3 hours (or TED 534 Instructional Design in Technology and Technology Education) EAC 538 Instructional Strategies in Adult and Community College Education 3 hours Electives (6 hours) EAC XXX Classroom Assessment and Evaluation (to be developed) 3 hours EAC 581 Advanced Instructional Design 3 hours TED 530 Foundations of Teaching Technology Education 3 hours TED 556 Laboratory Management and Safety for TED 3 hours A list of other appropriate graduate level electives will be maintained by the certificate coordinators.

5 5 Academic Performance Award of GCCCT requires a minimum overall GPA of B (3.0). None of the courses may be taken for credit only. No transfer credits from other institutions are allowed for the Certificate. All students must be registered through NC STATE. All GCCCT requirements must be completed within four (4) calendar years beginning with the date the student begins course work for the Certificate. Applying for the Graduate Certificate in Community College Teaching Applicants would apply to the graduate CCT certificate program, as described below, and be evaluated by a designated Admissions Committee for acceptance. The predominant focus for this certificate will be faculty in occupational, technical and applied areas, others will be directed to departments more appropriate for their discipline area. To apply, interested applicants would submit 1. Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions, 2. Current resume 3. Brief statement explaining interest in the community college certificate 4. Application form (see attached form). Promotional and application materials will include the statement Academic success may have a strong bearing on admission to a degree program, but completion of a certificate program in no way guarantees entry into a graduate degree program. Graduate degree programs have a separate application process and admission requirements. Responsibility For Administration And Resources The certificate program would jointly reside in the Department of Adult and Community College Education and The Department of Math, Science and Technology Education and be administered jointly by the Directors of Graduate Programs of each department. Existing resources and a recently awarded NSF grant would support the instructional development and administration of the certificate program.

6 6 Program or Policy Changes for the Certificate Changes in the Community College Certificate curriculum and related policies will be determined by the faculty and channeled through and approved/forwarded, as appropriate to the College of Education Graduate Committee. Changes will be reported to the Graduate School.

7 7 Application for Certificate in Community College Teaching Name Submitted Address City State Zip Home Telephone Employer Job Title Academic Degrees (most recent first) Institution Degree Awarded Institution Degree Awarded Are you currently enrolled in a graduate program at NC State If yes to above what program yes no