Certificate Programs: FAQs

When should I take the certificate programs?

We suggest that graduate students enroll in the Sheridan Teaching Seminar (Certificate I) in their second year.

You must complete the Sheridan Teaching Seminar (Certificate I) before enrolling in any other programs.

You may take any other Certificate programs in any order after completing the Sheridan Teaching Seminar

How many programs should I register for in a single year?

We suggest that you participate in no more than one or two programs in any given year.

May I complete a program over the course of more than one year?

No. All programs are designed to be completed within either a semester or one academic year.

When do the programs meet?

See individual program pages for program dates.

How much of a time commitment do the programs require?

In addition to the individual sessions, the programs each have assignments and other requirements. Please see the relevant web pages for each program.

Will a Sheridan certificate program substitute for departmental training?

No. Sheridan programs are intended to complement departmental initiatives.

Is a Sheridan Teaching Certificate a formal certification in teaching?

A Sheridan Teaching Certificate does not represent any kind of certification; it is not a teaching license or credential for K-12 instruction from the State of Rhode Island. Completion of a Sheridan Teaching Certificate documents professional development as college-level instructors.

Will I get credit for completing a Sheridan certificate program on my university graduate transcript?