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Teaching and Learning in Engineering Graduate Certificate 

The purpose of the Teaching and Learning in Engineering Graduate Certificate is to enhance the preparation of doctoral students in engineering for academic careers. The courses in the certificate program provide students who wish to become faculty members with the tools they need to be change agents with respect to the employment of best teaching and learning practices in engineering.

By design of the course content, College of Engineering graduate students will have an added edge in the competitive market for assistant professor positions and will aid in their transition into academia. Students who complete this certificate will be prepared to:

  • Access, critically evaluate, and integrate research-based best practices for teaching and learning in engineering 
  • Select, justify, and implement a variety of appropriate and research-based instructional methods 
  • Critically evaluate engineering classroom practices in terms of student differences, motivation, and intended learning 
  • Analyze evidence of student learning 
  • Use reflection, mentoring, and student feedback to learn from teaching experiences 
  • Develop and articulate an engineering design approach for content, assessment, and pedagogy
  • Critically describe the research-based features of content, assessment, and pedagogy
  • Apply the principles and theories to the design of a unit of instruction and course
  • Identify ethical issues in teaching situations
  • Reflect on one’s own teaching practice
  • Articulate a personal statement of teaching goals, methods, and philosophy
  • Assemble a teaching portfolio that highlights the quality and scholarship of one’s own teaching in a public form, for possible peer review
  • Write a personal development plan for preparing for a faculty position
  • Identify potential sources of funding for research and write a proposal 
  • Comfortably and effectively work with, mentor, and teach individuals from a wide range of cultures and teach their students to do the same 
  • Develop a laboratory course, including emphasis on effective presentation of the material, grading and providing feedback to students, and laboratory safety
  • Select and mentor graduate students - or undergraduates working in the research lab, as individuals and as a group
  • Make effective use of professional organizations and conferences to expand their professional network

Applying for a Graduate Certificate

When you apply through Purdue University's Graduate School online application, it will appear as though you are applying to the Graduate School as a regular graduate student (even though you may already be enrolled in the Graduate School through another department). Once you reach the question asking for the Enrollment Objective, select the Certificate Program option. It will default to the information needed to complete the application.

Admission Requirements

A student must be enrolled in a graduate program in the College of Engineering to be admitted into and receive the certificate. A graduate student majoring in Engineering Education or any other Engineering program at Purdue University may complete the certificate.

To be admitted into the certificate program, a student must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0/4.0 with the possibility of conditional admission for applicants who do not meet this requirement.  

A Minimum TOEFL score of 550 or higher on the paper-based test, or 77 or higher on the Internet-based test (iBT) for applicants whose native language is not English. Applicants who take the TOEFL iBT must achieve the following minimum test scores, in addition to the overall required score of at least 77: reading, 19; listening, 14; speaking, 18, and writing, 18. Applicants taking the IELTS must score at least 6.5 on the Academic Module. Applicants taking the PTE must score at least 58.


Additional Resources

Required Courses

Contact Dr. Michael Loui,  Dale and Suzi Gallagher Professor of Engineering Education, for any additional questions.