TDP Support Offerings

Ways that CTL can help you plan and achieve TDP track completion

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CTL offers many live and on-demand resources geared to helping you move through the TDP and complete a track before graduating. Here’s a roundup.

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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.

Spring 2024

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

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.

Spring 2024

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 Sprint

TDP Sprints provide  a full set of programming needed to complete the Foundational Track in four action-packed days.

Summer 2024

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 ctlgrads@columbia.edu.

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

Extra support for required components of the TDP

Individual consultations

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.

Sample timelines

Guidance for completing the Foundational Track in as little as one year, or completing the Advanced Track over three years.

Planning Sheet

This handout offers a snapshot of TDP requirements and can help you plan your way through them.

Contact Us

The CTL is here to help as you work through the TDP. Email us anytime.

Get Advice

Request an individual consultation to discuss your TDP progress.

Find Answers

Get detailed answers to many of our frequently asked questions.

Attend Sessions

Find and register for offerings that count for the TDP

Visit Us

Drop in for a visit as we’re available both online and in-person.