Instructors already teaching community college classes, graduates of a master's program who need instructional skills, and those exploring the possibilities of teaching at the community college level are encouraged to pursue this certificate.
The program is taught through a distance education format, making it easier for professionals to find time to fulfill the requirements of the certificate.
Application for admission to the Graduate School is made either online or on forms furnished by the Graduate School. All applicants for admissions pay a nondeductible, nonrefundable fee of $70. The application form and all supporting documents should be received by the Graduate School, Ragsdale Building, (252) 328-6012 at least thirty days prior to the beginning of any semester or summer term.
Applicants are asked to furnish two official transcripts from each institution attended since high school, a statement of intent, and at least two letters of recommendation. Once the application is complete and has been forwarded to the Coordinator of the Adult Education program, it will be reviewed and an admission decision will be made.
The Community College Instruction Certificate requires a minimum of 15 semester hours. A culminating portfolio is also required. Coursework is as follows:
Electives may come from adult education, business education, information technologies education or other related fields.
Purpose of Portfolio: The purpose of the portfolio is to give you the opportunity to synthesize and integrate the various elements of what you have learned in the Community College Instruction (CCI) certificate. This portfolio project is intended to be reflective and comprehensive – personal, practice-based, and developmental; it's about you as an educator. The CCI portfolio is designed to demonstrate your new knowledge, skills, awarenesses, and beliefs, as well as document your instructional proficiency for current and prospective employers. Your portfolio is to be done electronically (web-based) in approximately 10-12 pages of double-spaced, 11pt font (or approximately 2500-3000 words), with appendices included for brief additional evidence you wish to share. Content should be embedded in the web pages themselves (not included as attachments). The portfolio should be put together using Taskstream, which is ECU's portfolio development system. Information on Taskstream can be found at this link: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/TaskStream/index.cfm
Recommended word counts are noted for each section. These recommendations are based on the common calculation that 250 words equal approximately one page of double-spaced text in a Word document.
Portfolio Components: Your CCI Certificate Portfolio is to include the following 5 elements:
Note: Library Science students pursuing this certificate must complete this portfolio project in addition to their LIBS portfolio. A student's CCI portfolio can be housed in the same account as that student's LIBS portfolio. When a student has completed all required course work and the portfolio, that student should send the Task Stream link to the CCI Advisor, who will distribute the link to faculty reviewers. When the portfolio has been approved by all reviewers, the IDP department administrative support specialist will inform the graduate school and also Dr. John Harer, in the Department of Library Science, that all qualifications for the CCI certificate have been successfully met.
For a full listing of all of the names and descriptions of the courses within this program, please visit the Adult Education section of the Graduate Catalog.
Following is a list of when each core course in the certificate program is typically offered. Course schedules for specific semesters may vary.