Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization/Minor
in College and University Teaching
The Department of Educational Studies, the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching, and the Graduate School at The Ohio State University are collaborative partners of the Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization/Minor in College and University Teaching.
This specialization/minor is open to any graduate or professional student in
good standing at The Ohio State University. It is most appropriate for those
who intend or are considering careers as college or university faculty.
No prior teaching experience is required.
This program allows graduate students to engage in a rigorous, structured exploration of theories and practice of university-level teaching, both in general and in their own discipline, and to develop skills and experience that enable them as reflective, scholarly teachers as they prepare to enter the professoriate.
General Criteria applicable to all graduate interdisciplinary specializations and minors:
All academic aspects of the graduate interdisciplinary specialization or graduate interdisciplinary minor are subject to approval by each participating graduate program. Below are listed the general criteria applicable to all graduate interdisciplinary specializations and interdisciplinary minors. Students should consult the appropriate graduate studies committees for specific information regarding the graduate interdisciplinary specialization or graduate interdisciplinary minor in which they are enrolling.
Graduate Interdisciplinary Specializations. A graduate interdisciplinary specialization involves two or more graduate programs outside the student’s major graduate program. A graduate interdisciplinary specialization requires a minimum of 13 hours of graduate-level course work in at least three courses. Twenty hours of graduate level courses is the maximum allowance for a Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization. Nine hours taken for the Graduate Interdisciplinary Speciailization must be completed outside of the student’s home program. The student must receive a grade of B or better or S in each course comprising the graduate interdisciplinary specialization. The completed graduate interdisciplinary specialization will appear on the student's transcript. In instances where the student's major graduate program is included in the specialization and the specialization consists of coursework in only two programs, the specialization will be termed a graduate interdisciplinary minor. (Graduate School Handbook, Section VIII.4)
If you are a graduate student interested in participating, use this website to
look at the procedures involved in obtaining this specialization/minor
determine the curriculum necessary to obtain this specialization/minor
check out the list of courses you can take to fulfill these requirements
download an application for enrollment
If you are a faculty member interested in having one of your courses count towards the specialization/minor, use this website to
find out what the course approval process involves
learn about a grant to support your efforts in creating a course for this specialization/minor
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