TDP Support Offerings
Ways that CTL can help you plan and achieve TDP track completion
TDP Info Sessions
Info Sessions are geared towards folks who are considering TDP tracks, are newly on them, or are looking to regain momentum. Note that Info Sessions do not satisfy TDP track completion requirements — for upcoming offerings that do, see the TDP Event Finder.
TDP Info Session (Foundational Track) | Register
Friday, January 19, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 212 Butler Library
An orientation to the Teaching Development Program, with emphasis on strategies for completing the Foundational Track. This session is ideal for prospective participants in the TDP who are interested in learning more about the program, folks who recently joined the TDP looking for good ways to get started, and folks wishing to re-start or revive their progress in the TDP.
TDP Info Session (Advanced Track) | Register
Friday, February 16, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 212 Butler Library
An overview of TDP Advanced requirements and completion strategies, featuring information about switching onto the Advanced Track, setting up a digital teaching portfolio, and completing teaching observation activities. This session is geared towards TDP registrants who are planning to switch onto the Advanced Track or have recently done so, as well as folks on the Advanced Track looking for custom advice for completion.
Building Your TDP Teaching E-Portfolio | Register
Friday, February 16, 1:00 – 2:00 pm, 212 Butler Library
This session is limited to registrants currently on the Advanced Track of the TDP. During guided presentation and hands-on activities, participants learn about the free Columbia Digital Sandbox (WordPress) platform that supports TDP portfolios, see examples of portfolio templates, discuss best practices for showcasing teaching development online, and set up their own teaching e-portfolio (if they haven’t already).
TDP Bootcamps provides registrants time, space, and live support for completing track requirements. Note that while Bootcamps facilitate the completion of TDP requirements, they do not count as Pedagogy Workshops. For upcoming offerings that do, see the TDP Event Finder.
TDP Preparing to Teach: Material Prep Bootcamp | Register
Wednesday, May 12, 10:10 – 12:00 pm, 212 Butler Library
In order to successfully complete a track in the TDP, participants need to generate and annotate two important documents: a policy sheet and first day plan. The TDP Preparing to Teach: Material Prep Bootcamp is a new offering in the TDP, designed to help participants create these documents.
TDP Sprints provide a full set of programming needed to complete the Foundational Track in four action-packed days.
2024 TDP Sprint | Applications accepted April 22 – May 6
Tuesday May 28, Wednesday May 29, Thursday May 30, Friday May 31 | 9:30 am – 4:00 pm each day | 203 Butler Library
The TDP Sprint offers access to the full range of Essentials Workshops, Pedagogy Workshops, and Practice Teaching (Microteaching) sessions, as well as time to post reflections along the way. Participants move through these requirements together with table-mates, experiencing a concentrated and collective TDP experience. Refreshments and lunches are provided. At the culmination of the Sprint, participants decide whether to exit with Foundational Track credit or switch onto the Advanced Track. While the Sprint schedule is subject to change, you can browse the 2023 Sprint schedule to get a sense of this program.
Due to space and resource limitations, the TDP Sprint is accessed by application. Consideration will be given to applicants who can commit to full in-person participation across the four days. We encourage applications from current doctoral and MFA students who are are new to the TDP or have not been otherwise able to complete requirements during the academic year. The Sprint is also well-suited for students preparing for teaching assignments and/or CTL Fellowships. Please send inquiries about the upcoming TDP Sprint to email@example.com.
On-demand TDP Completion Support
For everyone unable to attend live, in-person events, CTL makes a number of asynchronous resources available anytime that help with TDP track completion.
Planning your progress through the TDP
- TDP program map
Track completion requirements laid out in one easy-to-scan map
- TDP requirements checklist
A worksheet to help plan progress towards track completion
- Sample pathways and timelines through the TDP
Lays out common scenarios for moving through the TDP
- TDP FAQs
A comprehensive collection of questions and answers about TDP requirements
Extra support for required components of the TDP
- Guidelines for TDP reflections
Samples and rubrics to help you generate reflections efficiently
- Teaching Orientation for Graduate Students
Module 3 provides specific guidance for completing the TDP Preparing to Teach requirement
- Modules that accompany Essentials of Teaching and Learning workshops
Useful for generating reflections about Essentials sessions, as well as a reference for those pursuing the alternative to attending Essentials sessions.
If you would like to get specific assistance or get targeted advice for TDP completion, CTL invites you to drop by our CTLgrads Office Hours, running during the academic year every Friday from 2:00 – 4:00 PM. You are welcome to drop by 212 Butler Library without pre-arranging an appointment. Or, if you prefer to talk to us via Zoom, email CTLgrads@columbia.edu to get the Zoom link.
If other commitments prevent you from attending Office Hours, we invite you to request an individual consultation at another time.
Guidance for completing the Foundational Track in as little as one year, or completing the Advanced Track over three years.
This handout offers a snapshot of TDP requirements and can help you plan your way through them.