American University of Beirut

Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education


​​​​​​​​​​Cent​er for Teaching and Lea​rning Department of Education

​EDUC 401 Teaching in Higher Education (C-THE I)​​

​What is EDUC 401 C-THE I?​

  • EDUC 401, Teaching in Higher Education (C-THE), has been established to provide training in teaching for current PhD students at AUB.​
  • EDUC 401 is a coordinated effort between the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the Department of Education, and the Graduate Council, with CTL providing the instruction.
  • This certificate program falls within the University's greater aim of enriching PhD students' academic experience and professional skills in teaching in higher education. Hence, EDUC 401 serves the specific purpose of engaging participants more formally in teaching activities and duties through instruction on teaching methodologies, learning outcomes, and syllabus design in the first term, practical training on presentation skills, portfolio preparation, and in-class observations and teaching opportunities in the second term.
  • Participants will be gradually integrated into current and future teaching duties.
  • The C-THE program also serves as a valuable part of one's employment portfolio, giving participants an edge when applying for a teaching position.

Course Description

EDUC 401/C-THE is meant to prepare PhD candidates to effective teaching practices in higher education. Participants will develop their teaching skills as they apply current and research-based best practices. EDUC 401 presents topics such as adult learners, course syllabus design and an array of instructional methods such as interactive lecturing, effective group work, team-based learning, and flipped classrooms. Each session is a hands-on/minds-on, interactive session following a workshop/discussion model. Participants will have assignments in order to reinforce and apply topics presented and materials discussed. 

C-THE I Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the characteristics of adult learning.
  2. Design a course syllabus based on student learning outcomes (SLOs) and other syllabus components such as course description, course policies and procedures, General Education etc.
  3. Incorporate the philosophy General Education in your teaching practices.
  4. Use methods of teaching which align with SLO's and adult learning.
  5. Assess your students' performance (formatively & summatively) based on your SLO'

Assessment of Participants' Performance
Course Policies

EDUC 401 Schedule and Topics ​

EDUC 402 Teaching in Higher Education (C-THE II)

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