• Nadine Pence (PhD‘92), Eugene Gallagher (PhD'80, History of Religions), and Dean Margaret M. Mitchell at "From Here to There: The Transition to the First Years of Teaching", Spring 2013

Craft of Teaching Requirements

Divinity School doctoral students who successfully meet the minimum requirements of the Craft of Teaching will:

Receive the Divinity School's Certificate in the Craft of Teaching in the Academic Study of Religion, serving as evidence of their interest in and preparedness for teaching in the area of religion. This certification can be listed on application materials for employment and will be officially noted on graduates' university transcripts. To receive the Divinity School's Craft of Teaching certification, all requirements of the Craft of Teaching must be completed within a five-year period

Fulfill the departmental pedagogy requirement for the Chicago Center for Teaching's (CCTCertificate in University Teaching. Please note that those who also wish to apply the Divinity School's Craft of Teaching program toward their CCT university-wide certification must complete all the requirements of the Craft of Teaching within a two-year period.

 


Craft of Teaching Certification Requirements 

In 2018-2019, alumni, current students, faculty, and staff analyzed the successes and shortcomings of the pedagogy training program as part of a grant from the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion. They recommended several modifications, including a revision of the program’s certification requirements. These revisions and the plan for the administrative transition are outlined below.

Students who are currently in the process of completing the Craft of Teaching Certificate have two options for completing the program:

 

Option 1: Finish the Craft of Teaching Certificate before June 30, 2020

Students planning to finish the Craft of Teaching certificate before June 30, 2020 may submit their completion packet once they have satisfied the following requirements: 

·      Participation in the Chicago Center for Teaching’s Teaching@Chicago Conference

·      Participation in 3 Dean’s seminars

·      Participation in 3 Arts of Teaching workshops

·      Participation in 5 Elective workshops

·      Submission of a Philosophy of Teaching Statement

 

Students can check their progress in the program at my.uchicago.edu. Any questions may be directed to the program coordinator at craftofteaching@uchicago.edu.

 

Option 2: Finish the Craft of Teaching Certificate on or after July 1, 2020

Students planning to finish the Craft of Teaching Certificate on or after July 1, 2020 should submit their completion packet having satisfied the following (revised) requirements:

·      Participation in the Chicago Center for Teaching’s Teaching@Chicago Conference

·      Participation in 5 Introductory workshops

·      Completion of the Chicago Center for Teaching’s Course Design and College Teaching course (CCTE 50000)

·      Participation in 5 Advanced workshops

·      Submission of a Philosophy of Teaching Statement OR a Summary Reflection of the certificate program. 

 

Students can check their progress in the program at my.uchicago.edu. Any questions may be directed to the program coordinator at craftofteaching@uchicago.edu.

 

If you plant to complete the Craft of Teaching Certificate on or after July 1, 2020 (under the revised requirements), please note the following: 

·      ALL previously completed workshops will count toward the new requirements. The first 5 workshops (of any sub-type) which you completed count as “Introductory” workshops in the new model. The next 5+ workshops (of any sub-type) which you completed count as “Advanced” workshops in the new model. An example of the transition model is included below. 

 

·      All Craft of Teaching workshops will be labeled BOTH according to the new model (introductory/advanced) and according to the old model (Deans/Arts/Elective) for the 2019-2020 academic year. We expect to fully transition to the new model and nomenclature in fall 2020. 

·      Transition Example:

Before June 30, 2020, Jane attended 7 Craft of Teaching workshops: 2 Dean’s seminars, 2 Arts of Teaching workshops, and 3 Elective workshops. She also attended the Chicago Center for Teaching’s Teaching@Chicago Conference. According to the new model, her previously completed workshops are recognized as follows: 

 

Chicago Center for Teaching’s Teaching@Chicago Conference

complete

Introductory workshop 1

complete

Introductory workshop 2

complete

Introductory workshop 3

complete

Introductory workshop 4

complete

Introductory workshop 5

complete

Chicago Center for Teaching’s Course Design and College Teaching course (CCTE 50000)

needs to complete

Advanced workshop 1

complete

Advanced workshop 2

complete

Advanced workshop 3

needs to complete

Advanced workshop 4

needs to complete

Advanced workshop 5

needs to complete

Philosophy of Teaching Statement OR 
Summary Reflection

needs to complete

 

As the table above illustrates, Jane received credit for attending the Teaching@Chicago Conference, and for all 7 of her previously completed workshops: 5 counted as the required Introductory Workshops and 2 counted as Advanced Workshops. 

In order to complete her certificate on or after July 1, 2020, Jane needs to attend 3 Advanced Workshops, to participate in the quarter-long Course Design and College Teaching seminar, and to submit her Philosophy of Teaching Statement or Summary Reflection. 

 

Further Questions?  

Students should reference their individualized email updates and/or direct questions regarding to the program coordinators at craftofteaching@uchicago.edu.