June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
Two Year College Division
12.377.1 - 12.377.9
Community College Teacher Professional Development: Year Three Data from an Online Graduate Certificate Program in Community College Teaching
Introduction and Project Overview
The departments of Adult and Higher Education (AHE) and Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE) within the College of Education at North Carolina State University developed an NSF supported graduate certificate program in Community College Teaching. The program has focused on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to design and deliver course-related content through technology-enhanced learning environments for faculty who teach in Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) related areas. The courses developed for the graduate certificate enhance faculty abilities in both online and classroom environments. Current community college teachers from North Carolina and South Carolina have been recruited into the program. The project meets the broader goals of the NSF- Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program by institutionalizing the means by which working professionals can be recruited to fill shortages in community college faculty teaching positions in STEM fields. It also provides a means whereby current community college faculty can upgrade their instructional skills.
The key goal for the online Community College Teaching certificate program is to provide high quality content and instruction for the systematic development of instructional expertise for regional community college instructors. Questions addressed during the first three years are:
1. Does the program meet the educational needs of adult and distance learners from diverse backgrounds and cultures? 2. Does the Program develop and enhance knowledge and skills for understanding the diverse ways and settings in which adults learn? 3. Does the Program prepare individuals and enhance instructors’ abilities to research, design, implement, and evaluate distance learning and classroom instruction?
The first three courses provide an introduction to instructional techniques and technologies as well as lay a foundation for further program options. These courses represent conceptual and technological content that provide learners with knowledge and skills necessary for conducting a variety of approaches to teaching while emphasizing the use of technology in instruction. In
Branoff, T., & Akroyd, D. (2007, June), Community College Teacher Professional Development Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1743
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