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UIC Programs

Foundations of College Instruction

UIC’s Graduate College offers a post-baccalaureate campus certificate called Foundations of College Instruction (FOCI).

The three-course series making up the FOCI certificate program are shaped by learning objectives that align with the CIRTL core ideas: Learning-Through-Diversity, Teaching-As-Research, and Learning Communities. Completion earns participants dual credit in both the FOCI certificate program, which appears on the student’s official transcript, and the nationally-recognized CIRTL certification process, both of which provide tangible credentials for your CV. The three courses are as follows:

GC 592: Foundations of College Instruction – Introduction to foundational knowledge and education research that supports effective, equity-minded college teaching, with a focus on applying this theory to disciplinary teaching contexts. During this course, students will develop a teaching statement and a lesson or session plan for a course in their discipline

GC 593: Developing Scholarly Approaches to College Teaching – Provides aspiring college instructors with inquiry-based skills to contribute to the body of pedagogical and educational knowledge, and advance their professional preparation by developing a scholarly teaching project.

GC 594: Principles and Practices in College Course Design – Explore important topics in college teaching including methods for facilitating learning and inclusive teaching while developing a syllabus for a college-level course and a teaching portfolio to document and demonstrate your teaching experience.

Visit the Grad College’s website for more information about these courses and this campus certificate.