Latest Blog Posts and News

  • Keeping it Old School: Using a Binder Method to Organize Course Materials
    By Robin Grenier When I began my graduate program, the internet was just beginning to gain popularity as a research tool in academia. Faculty still relied heavily on filing cabinets filled with copies of articles from paper journals that were painstakingly copied, resized, and retained for use in their classes. I remember the day my […]
  • Register for Fall Teaching Seminars!
    Graduate students enrolled in GRAD 6000 as well as all UConn graduate students and post-docs are welcome to attend our fall teaching seminars. Seminars are offered from 1:25pm-3:20pm in MONT 226 on the Storrs Campus unless otherwise noted. See the list of offerings and registration links below: 9/14 The Actor’s Tools and How They Can […]
  • A Few Thoughts on Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors in the Classroom
    By Kristi Kaeppel Like many others, the gut-wrenching testimony of the courageous Dr. Christine Blasey Ford impacted me heavily. Between the fluctuations of anger and sadness that overcame me as I watched, I also found myself reflecting as an instructor. I was struck by Dr. Ford’s comment that her academics suffered in the wake of […]

Application Procedure

The Graduate Certificate in College Instruction (GCCI) is a 9-credit program for individuals interested in deepening their theoretical and practical understanding of college teaching. This certificate program is intended to provide graduate students with a significant credential on their transcripts in the area of instructional understanding and competence.

For general information about how graduate certificate programs at UConn work, visit the registrar's page on certificates.

Applicants should fill out the UConn application for graduate admission available here.  Applicants must fulfill the general admission requirements of the graduate school. See requirements here. The application fee will be waived for currently enrolled UConn graduate students. All others will need to pay the application fee. Call the Graduate School at 860-486-3615 when you are ready to submit your application and they will waive the fee. The application deadline is November 15th for January admission and April 1st for August admission. Applications will not be reviewed until the deadline. Application should include:

  • CV/Resume
  • A personal statement addressing your interest in the Certificate in College Instruction and how your current or future goals will be served through completion of the Certificate.
  • One letter of recommendation that addresses why you are a good candidate for the Certificate in College Instruction. Your letter writer should send the letter electronically per the application instructions.
  • Transcripts (current UConn students do not need to requests transcripts)
  • If accepted, you will receive an email from the Graduate School. You must accept the offer by filling out the enrollment form link located in the body of the email.
  • For more information about the application process, see our FAQ page.

Completing the Certificate

Once admitted you will need to complete:
  • GRAD 6001: Introduction to College Instruction (2 credits)
  • GRAD 6000: Seminars in College Instruction (1 credit)
  • GRAD 6004 Practicum in College Instruction (1 credit) ONLY if you do not have a teaching assistant appointment or prior teaching experience.
  • Six additional credits from eligible electives. See the GCCI courses page for more information.
When you have begun the final course for completing the Graduate Certificate in College Instruction, you are required to complete a Plan of Study, have it signed by the Program Director, Dr. Robin Grenier, and send it to the Graduate School. The student must apply for graduation from the program through their PeopleSoft accounts before the conferral date.