Certificate of Completion Course Substitution Criteria
Participants in the Teaching and
Learning and Leadership Development Certification Programs are required to take two three-hour courses from each key skill area, for a total of 18 hours for each certificate.
Teaching and Learning Certification Program Key Areas:
- Classroom Management
- Integrating Instructional Technology
Leadership Development Certification Program Key Areas:
- College Policies and Legal Issues
- Administration and Management
- Interpersonal and Intrapersonal Effectiveness
Program participants may participate in other professional development
activities such as discipline specific conferences, seminars or workshops that meet the
objectives of courses taught through the Center for Effective Teaching for program
certification. Department chairpersons and supervisors may approve substitutions for
CET courses to satisfy up to 50 percent of the required coursework from each of the key
skill areas for a certificate of completion. Supervisors asked to approve a substitution should
send a Portfolio Documentation Request to Tara Bocketti in an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by memo. The request must cite details to document the activity as a substitute for a
course in a key skill area of one of the programs.
The following criteria is to assist department chairs and supervisors compare
alternate professional development activities to CET offerings:
- Topical Match: Each substitution must fit within add one of the key (topical)
areas of the two programs being offered.
- Rationale Appropriateness: Each substitution must also relate to the rationale
for the specific key skill area, as described in the program brochures.
- Content Equivalence: Each substitution must have substantial content to
equal approximately three classroom or Web hours.
- Broad Application: Each substitution must be broad enough in nature to
contribute to the overall development of a set of skills related to leadership or
teaching and learning.
- Many valuable learning activities are outside the realm of the two
certificate programs being offered.
- Many professional development training programs/sessions are too
specific in nature to qualify as substitutions for courses within these two,
general, certificate programs. However, participants who opt to customize
their programs by working with a CET mentor may be able to substitute
more restricted offerings.
- Many conference sessions may be too short to serve as substitutions.
However, three conference sessions on a related topic might be packaged
to serve as a substitution.
- Some long courses may cover material from more than one key skill area. A
single request may document substitutions in several key skill areas.
- Documentation such as course outlines, conference publications, and
program agendas should be attached to approval letters for inclusion in
participants’ program files.