Teaching and Learning Certification of Completion

The Teaching and Learning Certification Program offers faculty the opportunity to customize their coursework to meet their instructional needs.

In order to complete the certification program, participants will need to complete six hours of training in each of the three topic areas. Participants earn the certification upon the successful completion of a total of 18 training hours.

Substitutions for CET courses, such as discipline-specific conferences, seminars, workshops, and classes, will be considered satisfactory for completion of one-half or 50 percent of the course requirement in each of the three topic areas. Permission for substitutions is requested through the department chairperson or supervisor.

Certification program courses are designed by in-house faculty and other academic professionals and are offered throughout the school year.

Topic Areas


Both new and experienced faculty can benefit from training based on traditional educational theory and current research.

Suggested topics include:

  • Student-Centered Syllabus
  • Learning and Teaching Styles
  • Engaging the Student
  • Assessing Student Learning
  • Student-Centered Learning

Classroom Management

Post-secondary students are a diverse and challenging population. Understanding how to manage, engage and motivate these students is essential to student-centered learning and institutional success.

Suggested topics include:

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Student Diversity
  • Coaching Skills
  • Leading Successful Projects
  • Disabilities and Legal Implications
  • Handling Difficult Students
  • Understanding the College Student — Making Connections

Integrating Instructional Technology

Effective integration of technology in classroom instruction serves to guide, expand and enhance student-centered teaching and learning. Faculty will be given an opportunity to learn how to integrate different types of technology into their instructional plans.

Suggested topics include:

  • Using Blackboard to Enhance Your Courses
  • Using Technology to Reach a Broad Spectrum of Learners
  • Classroom Technology:
    • Instructor Console, DVD, webcam, document cam (Mobile Computer Units)
    • Exploring emerging technologies for teaching


Who is eligible to take the courses?
All full- and part-time Hudson Valley and EOC employees may participate at no cost except for materials, if needed.

What will the Certification of Completion entail?
To earn a Certification of Completion, participants will complete a total of 18 training hours — six from each of the key areas (Pedagogy,
Classroom Management, and Integrating Instructional Technology). Courses will be listed on the CET Web page and will be offered regularly. Each course will have substantial content — delivered in person, via the Web, or in a combination determined by the instructor. Participants who have completed the requirements for the Certification should notify the Center for Effective Teaching by sending an e-mail to cet@hvcc.edu. Those who earn a Certification of Completion will be recognized at the Faculty Honors Convocation.

How will courses and instructors be chosen?
The Center for Effective Teaching will accept course proposals from potential instructors. Courses that meet professional development needs, as set forth by the CET, will be included as part of the Certification program. Employees interested in developing courses are encouraged to submit a Workshop/Course Proposal.

How will I know which courses may be applied towards the Certificate of Completion?
Applicable courses will be clearly identified as eligible courses in their descriptions. Upcoming Workshops and Course

May I apply other training to the Certification?
Substitutions for CET courses, such as discipline specific conferences, seminars, workshops, and courses, will be accepted to satisfy up to 50 percent of each Certification key area category, subject to approval by the participant’s department chair or supervisor.

Will a Certification of Completion guarantee career advancement for me?
While the Certification of Completion will be an excellent addition to your resume or teaching portfolio, individual departments at Hudson Valley Community College determine their own needs and qualifications for advancement.

Get in Touch

Center for Effective Teaching
Bulmer Telecommunications Center, Room 1042