Graduate Students

The Graduate School offer a number of courses, programs, and workshops to improve the teaching skills of graduate students at Duke.

Certificate in College Teaching (CCT)

The CCT program is for Duke PhD students enrolled in any department and will be noted on your Duke University transcript. Requirements for the CCT are: 1) successful completion of two courses in college teaching; 2) formal teaching experience and teaching observations, both being observed and observing others; and 3) development of an online teaching portfolio.

Courses on College Teaching

GS 750 Fundamentals of College Teaching
GS 755 College Teaching & Course Design
GS 760 College Teaching & Visual Communication
GS 765 College Teaching Practicum
GS 770 Topics & Careers in Higher Education

Courses are semester-long and credit bearing.
Course numbering shown here begins in 2012.

Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Program

The PFF program allows Ph.D. students and postdocs to participate in a year-long experience of professional mentoring by a faculty member from a nearby partner institution (Durham Tech, Elon, Guilford, Meredith, NCCU). Fellows set goals with their Mentors, attend departmental meetings, observe teaching and advising, conduct mock interviews and teach small units. Fellows also attend site visits to each campus to learn about academic governance, faculty roles and responsibilities, and the path to tenure.

Teaching Triangles

This program is for graduate student instructors who are teaching or TAing a class and would like to participate in peer teaching observation and feedback. Completetion of Teaching Triangles can fulfill the CCT teaching & observation requirement. To participate, register for a Teaching Triangles orientation session offered at the beginning of a semester in which you will teach or TA.

Workshops on Teaching & TAing

The Graduate School offers active, hands-on sessions based on educational research and practical teaching experience. Departments, programs or graduate student groups are welcome to contact Dr Hugh Crumley directly at to request a workshop series or a single stand-alone session. Individual consultation is also available.

For more information contact:

Hugh Crumley, Ph.D.
Director, Certificate in College Teaching
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Education
Duke University Graduate School
2127 Campus Drive, Box 90068
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: 919-660-5975


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