Welcome to the TDP
CTL’s Teaching Development Program (TDP) helps Columbia PhD and MFA students cultivate, document, and reflect on the development of their teaching across the arc of their graduate school career.
About the Program
The TDP offers you a structured yet flexible way to pursue teaching development while you are at Columbia. Benefits of completion include cultivation of effective and innovative teaching practices, strong preparation for representing your teaching to future employers, and certification in the form of transcript notation.
What counts for the TDP?
The TDP allows you to choose from a great array of CTL and graduate student-led programming fulfilling requirements for track completion. Browse the TDP Event Finder to find and register for this semester’s offerings.
Stay on Track
You are fitting teaching development in with many other academic and personal demands over the course of many years. Here are ways to make and sustain progress towards accomplishing a defined set of values and competencies, which you then can present to future students, colleagues, and employers.
Build a portfolio
TDP participants on the Advanced Track create digital portfolios that bring their teaching experiences and values to life in compelling ways. Find out what’s involved and see some examples!
TDP Success Stories
“Every job interview that I’ve had this year has asked some version of this question: What defines you as a teacher? It’s because of my experiences in the TDP that I feel like I have a compelling and articulate response.”
“The Teaching Development Program has impacted my own teaching practices in two broad, intertwined ways: in the immediate sense of informing the class I’m teaching and more long term in how I present myself on the job market.”
“The TDP has profoundly impacted my perspective on teaching. In the end, teaching is a responsibility that we owe our community, and I’ve found this program, and the time I’ve taken in reflection, to be transformative in how I approach pedagogy.”